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2013/11/20 / Gillian


Now that we have rallied from our PPD (I’ve hidden the BBQ chips), it’s time to dish a little about our trunk show.

We wanted to have a proper in vivo launch for the new incarnation of The Symmetric.  Part cocktail party, part art opening, part pop-up shop, part dream (according to one lovely guest), it was just the concoction we were looking for to fête our new venture and to show our wares to friends in our community.

vintage clothing holiday collection trunk show

Featured at the trunk show Saturday evening was our selection of vintage and antique fine and costume jewelry, as well as vintage holiday clothing and accessories.  In addition to the wardrobe pieces, we displayed limited-edition book art prints, custom shadow boxes with hand-gilded milkweed and thorns, and large-format nature photographs. Shanan’s home (Symmetric HQ and fondly dubbed “The Orchard”) provided a perfect backdrop for the soiree. Filled with so many wonderful women and friends, we were truly tickled pink with the evening. And yes, the rumours are true: we are already whispering ideas for the next one!

Would you like to see some more photos?  Of course you would.


vintage book art prints gallery wall

Vintage book art prints (soon to be available in our upcoming online shop).

Lauren Good Gosh Beauty vintage earrings

Lauren of Good Gosh Beauty (and Shanan’s sister) tries out some vintage crystal studs.

radish goat cheese hors d'oeuvres

Hors d’oeuvres: radish and chive/lemon/goat cheese bites.

Gillian vintage jumpsuit

Gillian kills it in a vintage plum satin jumpsuit.

trunk show vintage accessories christian dior heels

shanan vintage kimono

Shan gets ready for the evening. Ps. we predict the meteoric rise of the kimono dress.

the symmetric winter florals leak

Our winter flowers, picked at the lovely Leuk in Collingwood and styled by The Symmetric.

kim vintage hat shopping

Kim rocking the vintage scene, and winning the award for best hat of the party.

symmetric wrapping package

Pretty little packaging.

vintage jewelry holiday trunk show


champagne trunk show cocktail party

Bubbles front and centre.

kristin somborac stylist chanel style

The impeccably turned-out Kristin Somborac.  See her featured this past summer in our Natural Habitat series.


smoked salmon appetizers trunk show

We stuck to the classics with the appetizers – smoked salmon bites on pumpernickel with cream cheese and capers.

winter white vintage clothes fur lace trunk show

Winter whites: fur, lace, silk, wool.

ports vintage dress trunk show


Kristi and the ‘Frida Kahlo’ dress.


vintage bangle bracelets

We built and designed all the jewelry display boxes, inset with black and white prints taken from around the Orchard.


vintage rhinestone necklace

A VERY special thank you to the lovely Sarah Tacoma for the party photos, and again to everyone who helped out, came out, and partied out.

  • allison b-t:

    i was already sad that i couldn’t make it and now i see that i’ve missed the party of the year! no wonder you guys have PPD, hang in there.

  • Trilby:

    Good golly, it looks like an amazing night! I’m so sorry to have missed it. Can’t wait for the next one (and for the shop to go live in the meantime..!)


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