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Made in the shade: Exchange retailer brings Vintage Frames to city

All they need now is sunshine

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So apparently it's summer -- or at least that's what it is supposed to be -- and even though we still have yet to have a rain-free weekend, there have been enough sunny days to break out the shades.

Like all accessories, this fashionista can't advocate enough that a fabulous pair of sunnies can make an outfit look complete and the guys over at the 'Peg's newest boutique -- Blackli$t might just have the pair for you.

As the exclusive retailer for Vintage Frames, Blackli$t carries some unique and stunning sunglasses that are sure to give your classic Wayfarers some stiff competition in the style department.

"Vintage Frames is the global leader in the vintage eyewear industry. They stock over 100,00 unique frames from 1910-1990," says Blackli$t co-owner Peter Takis, adding that getting the exclusive deal to bring Vintage Frames to the city didn't come easy.

"It took close to six months for my partner Michael to solidify his relationship with Vintage Frames before we even discussed potentially partnering with them and bringing them to a market that lacks vintage eyewear," says Takis.

We are talking unworn vintage Dior, Balenciaga, Gucci and Versace frames, just to drop a few big fashion-house names, and they have been seen on the likes of celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Snoop Lion, Wiz Khalifa and Usher.

While the city does offer new versions of these luxury fashion brands in some eyewear stores, there is a definite void in the market when it comes to high-end vintage brands -- a gap Takis and his business partners were quick to fill.

"Me and my business partners are all passionate eyewear fans and felt like Winnipeg was lacking unique affordable eyewear," says Takis.

Since opening, Takis says the response by Winnipeggers looking for a pair of unique and stylish vintage frames has been overwhelming -- with over 40 people lined up on the boutique's grand opening just to snap up a pair of the vintage shades, despite the clouds and rain.

Blackli$t is located at 75 Albert St in the heart of the Exchange District or you can check them out their wares on Instagram and Twitter @75BLACKLIST.

 

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 19, 2014 D13

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