Instead of feeling like you are in the closet of an aristrocrat, you are now in his chic flat. The spacious 3rd floor at 71 Duncan, just south of Queen, means you will no longer have to step gingerly around rows of shoes to find your way or risk slapping other patrons as you try on a jacket. The new Hideaway as a fireplace, a working bar and a bathroom that doubles as a change-room. All of Jonathan’s wares are now on hand (instead of some being kept in storage) and the selection is much easier to sort through.
It’s also a very nice space to hang out in, as the party proved. In attendance were many of Toronto’s dandies and lovers of vintage clothes, some of whom I’ve featured in the past.
Christopher Sharrock was in attendance wearing a British-made 1940s utility double breasted suit with utility shirt – both products of WW2’s rationing program – with modern detachable collar and American 1940s tie. Christopher’s overcoat, slung over his arm, is Irish from the 1930s and he told me it weighs as much as he does.
Yoshio Suyama was resplendent in his opera clothes, a 1940s three-piece tuxedo with the jacket swapped out for a velvet one. His wing collar shirt, bow tie and bowler were all vintage as well. I was most impressed by his umbrella which featured a carved silver handle, making it look like a classic walking stick when folded.
Aldous Choi (right) was dressed in a S.H. Spiros custom-made three-piece flannel suit, club collar shirt by Suitsupply and a tie from the Hideaway. Matthew was wearing a waistcoat with matching pants, tailored for him by a company that specializes in Victorian replica dress.
Jonathan Hagey himself wore a a made-to-measure morning suit of his own design with kakhi-coloured coat and double breasted checked waist coat.
I wore the jacket of my double breasted flannel suit, but with light gray flannel trousers to make the ensemble less sombre. The tie is an ancient madder silk from Chipp Neckwear while my shirt is custom made from Surmesur. That thing is my lapel is a 1940s-style pocket watch chain.
Kingpin’s Hideaway is located on the 3rd floor at 71 Duncan Street.