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928 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G6
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When the rest of us are slumbering through the wee hours with the shrill alarm clock ring hours away, Aaron Doucet and Colleen Ramage, bright eyed and bushy tailed, are rummaging purposefully through heaps of clothing in one warehouse or another in Toronto.

They may have to wade through piles of clothing that look like they have seen better days and maybe even toss things aside that shouldn’t be there (“We found a banana skin once,” laughs Aaron), but in the end, they handpick the best pieces of vintage clothing they can get their hands on. These items end up in their store, Philistine. “It’s called ‘picking’ and we do it a couple of times a week,” explains Aaron. “All the vintage stores are there ready to bid on what’s there so it’s competitive, but there is such an abundance of clothing that there’s something for everyone. It’s always a gamble and it’s always fun.”

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Started in 2007 as an online store, Philistine is now a top pick in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood for men’s and women’s outerwear. Sticking with a style that is cozy, classic and casual has made this collection accessible to anyone. Their men’s collection is primarily stocked with Americana-styled denim and leather as well as a stunning selection of cowboy boots. They also boast a relatively large collection of (mostly leather) quality shoes and boots.

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Whether you need to tame your tresses, punch up an outfit or shield your eyes and skin, the perfect summer hat can be a godsend on the dog days of summer. The small but mighty summer hat collection at Philistine this year is right on point. The classic Pacific Fedora looks great with cut-offs or a flowy dress while the wide-brimmed round top Tiller will take you from Ward’s beach to beers at Bellwoods Brewery. For the gents, the edgy/classic Duvall Fedora will protect your lid from summer to fall sun patio sessions.

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