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2016/04/22 / Shanan


… The grass is riz; I wonder where the vintage is?

It’s right here, my friends – it’s all right here.

The Symmetric comes out of hibernation to present:

A (thank god it’s <finally>) SPRING POP-UP!

Sunday, MAY 1st from 11am-3pm
at The Orchard, 7739 Nottawasaga Side Rd 36/37
(that’s in Nottawa, ON, five minutes south of Collingwood – here’s a map)

I’ve spent the winter hoarding pretty dresses, lightweight knits, and lots of other warm-weather vintage staples, including a collection of jewelry, accessories, and for the first time, shoes.  I’ll have bubbly and snacks and let’s cross our fingers for some sunshine, shall we? Can’t wait to see you.

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2015/12/01 / Shanan


First off – yes, I don’t know what is with that post title either.  I feel like a really tame early ’90s rapper or something.

The Collingwood vintage pop-up party I put together a couple of weeks ago was such a great success that my old Toronto friend Kristin (whom you may remember from Natural Habitat fame – only she now lives in an even cooler place) invited me to have one at her house in December.

Kristin had worked in film for ages and is now a wardrobe stylist so it seems like a perfect fit.  She has been adorable and really helpful and accommodating and I’m so excited to bring you The Symmetric pop-up 2.TO (working title, guys. I’m clearly having issues today).

Spread the word, bring your friends, come and hang out with us and shop for some amazing vintage clothing, jewelry, homewares and art.  In the meantime, follow The Symmetric on Instagram to get sneak peeks of the goods, and to make me feel a little less alone out there in cyberspace.

Okay, enough talk:

Please join us!

THE SYMMETRIC x stylist Kristin Somborac

warmly invite you to a


Saturday, DECEMBER 12TH, noon to 4pm

310 Wallace Avenue (in Toronto’s Junction Triangle neighbourhood, view map)

This one-day only concept shop offers a unique and intimate retail experience of curated vintage fashion, jewelry, homewares + art (plus drinks + holiday treats!)

xx Shanan


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2014/06/16 / Shanan


Bring on the texture, colour, and… pom-poms.  YES.  Hypothetically, of course – I will be purchasing exactly zero of these.  Keep dreaming, my friends.

1.  Thierry Lasry Peroxxxy sunglasses, Creatures of Comfort.  Achingly cool.

2.  Blakeley summer stripe pumps, J. Crew Collection.  Possibly the least practical pair of shoes I could pick out given my current situation.

3.  Correll Correll S/S14 collection.  Their mixed material clothing is amazing; check out their site because this pic does not really do it justice.

4.  Antonello Tedde woven clutch bag, Madewell.  Those damn pom-poms…

5.  Antik Batik Brasil bracelet, Shopbop.  My daughter and I would inevitably fight over this one.

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2013/12/06 / Gillian


We’ve been pretty busy here at Symmetric HQ, what with all the holiday baking, tablescaping, field-tripping (more on that later!) – but perhaps what we’re most excited about is the opening of our Etsy shop!  We’ve hand-picked our very first holiday collection of vintage clothing, jewelry and book prints and are delighted to make them available to the teeming Christmas shopping hordes (okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration.  We’re at eight online sales and counting!).

We are offering free shipping in North America ’til the end of the year and are listing new items every day.  Please stop by — you can imagine us styling you up and plying you with homemade eggnog in front of a crackling fire.  Or something like that.

You can bookmark us at The Symmetric on Etsy.  Here are a few of our current offerings…

navy evening jacket blazer easy shop

The Jacqueline dress jacket.

antique victorian watchkey necklace gold etsy shop

The Una Victorian watchkey necklace.

vintage leather pencil skirt etsy shop

The Debbie leather pencil skirt.

vintage book art print etsy shop love

Can There Be Love Without Danger? vintage book print.

vintage beaded black cardigan evening top etsy shop

The Paulina beaded cardigan.

Louise gold necklace charms ring horn heart locket easy shop

The Louise, gold triple charm necklace.

vintage book prints easy shop field guide rocks

A Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals, vintage book print.  Coming soon!

Have a great weekend.

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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).