I made a trip to Toronto over the holidays and had the pleasure of meeting Rose while there. My friend Joel introduced us and once I found out about all the projects Rose had on the go I knew I had to profile her on Third Looks. I was struck immediately by her outgoing and positive energy but even more impressed by her accomplishments. She c0-owns a vintage shop called Bridge and Bardot and runs a studio where her and a small group of friends work together on their art.
How did your personal style develop into what it is today? Do you have a style philosophy you subscribe to?
I don’t really know anything about the fashion world. I like clothes a lot. I’m really cheap and have always had to be creative by vintage shopping. Most of my clothes are under $10 and all of them have been altered. I get bored of my clothes and cut them, stud them, dye them, and make them new again. Like every girl, I’m a sucker for a cheap H&M item every so often, but I make sure to re-style it by pairing it with vintage. I also love sweatpants. A LOT.
Explain the concept behind Bridge and Bardot and how it got off the ground.
B+B began with 2 years of pop up sales out of our storefront studio. Sisters, Gurjeet & Gagan Bassi and I transformed used clothing by up-cycling it and presenting it in a fresh new way. With promotional photoshoots and weekend long pop up parties, we got a reputation for having one-of-a-kind affordable clothing, and our cliental eventually pushed us to get a permanent location. Our boutique has been open for 6 months now. We pair local handmade accessories with our vintage pieces, in a one-stop-shop.
Where did your love of vintage clothing come from?
I’ve always been a Goodwill hunter, it’s such an exciting way to shop. It’s also a more sustainable and responsible way to shop. It also allows you to get creative and see the potential in a $3 shirt. My mom is an amazing seamstress and I was influenced by her growing up – always altering my clothing. The incredible fabric and quality of vintage clothing is incomparable!
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