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A VIEW WITH A ROOM // A POP UP {SHOP} @VOLVERDESIGNS

 

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As you know, we had the pleasure of setting up A POP-UP {SHOP} at Volver Studio at 126 James Street North in Hamilton, ON this Friday, and it was a blast! Just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who made their way up to the third floor, and especially THANKS to our loyal patrons who keep the dream alive.

I know a lot of our international friends and followers are not able to readily see what we are up to in the flesh, but perhaps a digital gallery can suffice.

We went for our signature time-traveled look, which was all the more amplified by the incredibly gorgeous space.

Hope you enjoyed the view!

Hoping to get more and more of this stuff online into the New Year, so stay tuned, or if you see something that is catching your eye and need more information email us at: the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com

And remember, XIXIXI get you 25% OFF in the {SHOP}

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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A POP-UP {SHOP} by The Eye of Faith Presented by VOLVER STUDIOS

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If you’re in the #HamOnt area this Friday for the last {Art Crawl} of 2016 (December 9), be sure to stop by VOLVER STUDIOS at 126 James St. N between 7p and 11p for a chance to chat and shop with The Eye of Faith!

We are curating a cool collection of bold and exciting vintage pieces at incredible deals, making this the perfect stop for finding those awesome holiday party season styles, as well as one of a kind gift opportunities.

You will also be able to peruse the immaculate craftwork of Rosa Patriquin/ VOLVER who makes designer crochet accessories, clothing, and pieces; the chance for our collaboration in this capacity has been a long time coming, so don’t miss out!

Here’s a link to the event on Facebook, so share it if you can, and be sure to give our page a LIKE. You can follow our innermost thoughts also on INSTAGRAM.

Like I said, we will be offering amazing deals on our pieces, so don’t be shy!

“Happiness is not in money, but in shopping”

~ Marilyn Monroe

See you soon,

{theEye}

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THE EYE OF FAITH on GWG TV!!!

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Check it out friends and followers!!!! We’re on the TV!!! GWG TV to be exact . . .

You know, its interesting because Paul and myself (Aaron) were talking just a few weeks ago about how cool it would be if some cool bloggers and/or stylistas would find us and record us for an interview, and as it goes, you put it out there. . . and sure enough, it was only a few days before we got an email from the radical Felicia Mancini of Girls with Gunz asking us whether we’d like to be featured in an interview for their website.

How EOF is that?!

Girls with Gunz is a really exciting and provocative force in the city, and we got the chance to team up with them earlier this year for some secret mission-type stuff (its all still very hush hush), so the questions was truly a no-brainer.

The interview was shot in the shop by the wonderful and outrageous China Corvino who really killed it when it came to batting down the hatches and creating a vid that we are proud to be a part of!

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For the first time you can sit down with us and get a little piece of who we are, and the things that inspire us, and what set us off on this crazy wild journey that we now call THE EYE OF FAITH!

Little did the ladies know, they were truly making our dreams come true . . .

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Thanks Girls with Gunz, and be sure to check them out too, while you’re at it!

MUST-HAVE from their shop?

I want to believe . . . the wicked ‘SCULLY’ T’s.

Until next time,

{theEye}

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SNAPSHOTS FROM THE VINTAGE MARKETPLACE 2015

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This year’s Vintage Marketplace was an exciting weekend for us, and we still can’t seem to shake it!

We wanted to give an opportunity to our friends and fans who couldn’t make it to the event (held this year at the very vintage Hamilton Convention Centre) to see what we were up to with some photos we took over those eventful two days where style and history collided! It truly was a meeting of the {PAST}, {PRESENT}, and {FUTURE}, and we can’t wait to do it all again next year!!!

First off, hats off to the team at VMP for everything they did to make sure our experience was the best it could be. Shout out to Lacey Battaglio who always did everything she could to help, and keep strains and stresses to a minimum. Also to the fabulous DJ Donna Lovejoy who provided her signature spin to many a vintage classic that helped give us the pep in our step after a dubiously long Saturday night!!!

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DJ Donna Lovejoy

Luckily for us, we always surround ourselves with the best people, and our team of vintage and style aficionados really came together to create what could only be described as a wildly dynamic and captivating booth that meshed together all of our areas of expertise and individual styles (and in record time, I might add)!

Another highlight of the Vintage Marketplace was the awesome vintage fashion show produced by Whitney McMeekin of Girl on the Wing which showcased looks from her own collection, as well as our friends at New Old’s, Love in the Afternoon, Vintage Soul Geek (!!!), and of course, yours truly! The looks showed the wild variety of vintage styles available in the city, and the multitude of looks that look as fresh today as they ever did.

Best of all, we got a sneak peak at the {FUTURE} of fashion with an encore catwalk from three fresh new faces who just couldn’t stop at the opportunity to soak in the limelight!

Overall, a successful and fun weekend spent amongst friends and plenty of inspiration for next year!!!

Until next time,

{theEye}

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EXCITING THINGS ABOUND . . . THIS WEEKEND: VINTAGE MARKETPLACE 2015 !!!

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It’s that time of year again, and we are excited as ever to kick off the Spring (finally) with our first big show of the year at The Vintage Marketplace, which fortunately for us, is a hop, skip, and a jump from the store, at the Hamilton Convention Centre in the heart of downtown Hamilton!

The Vintage Marketplace boasts an impressive list of vendors from Southern Ontario and beyond, and should be a wicked event for all of us like-minded fashion nuts! After all, why spend a couple thousand dollars on an idea that has been recycled time and time again when you can go back tot he roots and have the real thing!

We’re concentrating on signature E.O.F. style and bringing forth plenty of metallic, out-of-this-world, historic, esoteric, unusual, and rare pieces for the show, so if you can make it – DON’T MISS OUT!!

Our friend, and fellow blogger, Kristen Archer of I Heart Hamilton did a post on last year’s event at the Careport Centre if you want a taste of what you might expect from this year’s show!

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Remember also, if you can’t make it, you can always invoke us using the internet!

Shop the {SHOP} and use code XIXIXI at the checkout for 25 % OFF.

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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The Eye of Faith RULES!!!

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‘Concision in Style, Precision in Thought, Decision in Life”

You may have noticed those immortal words when browsing through our ABOUT US page, although the phrase is more like this:

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Since our inception, these words have helped build the foundations for creating The Eye of Faith, and we never forgot them along the way.

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Wise words from an icon in his own right,  Victor Hugo (and I’m not too sure if he would be one for musicals ) . . . but none the less, his “concision in style, precision in thought, and decision in life”, have made him and his work relevant to this very day!

It’s quite wild how the past comes and goes, and is brought back to life again. Inspiration finds it’s way through the cracks of your mind to infiltrate your thoughts and create something special. This comes into play every time you make your way into your own wardrobe, for example. You stare at your clothes and an idea might come to your mind, and thus a new look, and a new you is born!

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While our motto  CONCISIONEM STYLO, ACCURATIUS CORDE, IUDICARI VITA (it just sounds so F***ing good in Latin) has carried us far the past year, most mysterious 2014, we have a few new thoughts for the year ahead, and some new virtues we want to inherit and inspire for 2015.

+KNOWLEDGE+

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+KNOWLEDGE+ has always been an important piece of the puzzle here at The Eye, and for our frequent followers and visitors, you have come to expect in our approach an appreciation for history and all it’s secrets and quirks. We love to expose the {PAST} and examine where it fits into the {PRESENT} and hopefully, using our age defying wisdom, we can summarize a likely {FUTURE}.

Much like the alchemists and sorcerers of the past, the gaining and collecting of knowledge, every little bit no matter how esoteric, is a vital aspect of one’s true power, for when the time comes and all you are left to is you and you alone, you can count on yourself to follow through! Whether we’re talking life or fashion, no one is ever going to blame you for knowing too much.

We hope to continue in this vein, and bring you more and more vintage memories and musings that can both inspire and inform.

+INTEGRITY+

Blame it on the Gang (from THE EYE OF FAITH rules)

Since we began creating The Eye of Faith, we have been told a million and one things we should be doing instead. Everyone and their mother has had an opinion on our vision, without even asking what that vision may be!

We came into this game knowing full well who we were, and what we intended to accomplish. You don’t see another site quite like The Eye of Faith online, and that is a good thing. We are not trying to fall into place behind other fashion blogs (most of which look the same) who recycle content from site to site, but we wanted to be true innovators on the scene. This dedication to our vision, and always standing by it without changing it to appease naysayers is why we have ruled +INTEGRITY+ as a continuing priority here at The Eye of Faith.

The Eye of Faith was conceived as a portal to the past with many seemingly disparate items, articles, and stories coming together to create a well-rounded vision of how little things have changed, and how cool the past really was! This will continue NOT to change.

We will also not be picking any random articles of vintage clothing to add to the collection. Nothing is arbitrary, and each piece speaks to a certain story or style we are aiming to incorporate into the vision of the collection as a whole. Believe us, it’s not as easy as it sounds! It’s called +INTEGRITY+

+COURAGE+

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The Spirit of Contemplation (1901) by Albert Toft {1862 – 1949}

+COURAGE+ has always been our silent leader when it came to creating The Eye of Faith. In fact, the whole idea of the The Eye of Faith encapsulates this virtue entirely.

The Eye of Faith is an age old symbol of +COURAGE+, and by the pure belief in matters at hand, and some proper insight, one may be given sight to see the way to get to one’s destiny. It’s a silent pathway, but a strong one, and without proper reinforcement your trail could just wither into the wind before your eyes and you would be left to find your way without the guidance of the fates. . .

The latter is a path many of choose in life, but since we are beings with a choice, we definitely chose to trust that The Eye of Faith will get us where we belong.

It took a lot of +COURAGE+ to stand up and tell those we know and love our belief in it, but it definitely seems to be paying off, with everyday us getting stronger and stronger.

+STRENGTH+

Have Strength Poor Child

+STRENGTH+ comes in many forms. We need it constantly; in the physical sense, to keep up the hustle of getting our pieces from one place to another, and even more so in the emotional and spiritual sense, when it seems like you’ll never figure it all out.

Truth is, you’re never going to figure it all out, so best stop wasting your energy on that one . . .

Having +STRENGTH+ of mind is more powerful than any fist when it comes to life. Creeping deep down into oneself and building +STRENGTH+ from within is your best start. From there, everything else will seem like a cinch!

+IMAGINATION+

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I once read somewhere that +IMAGINATION+ is more important than +KNOWLEDGE+

But I don’t think that is quite true, as much as learning to utilize both to one’s advantage can be the most powerful tool of all.

+IMAGINATION+ is quite literally the God-Sense in all of us. If you seek the divine in the everyday all you need do is open a pad of paper and sketch, or write for an hour about any old thing, even messing about your wardrobe will suffice. It is simply that beautiful magical moment where your brain has decided to create something new, and completely you.

You are a well of ideas and inspirations, and once you are able to tap into that spring, you might find your true self overflowing!

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So there you have it!

Our five newly anointed principles that can be used not just for your style sensibilities, but use them in life, as well. If you use them right, the transformations will happen almost immediately.

Feel free to adapt our Rules to fit your own life, or simply come up with a few of your own.

What means most to you? In the end, that’s all that matters. We know what we need to do to survive, and we’re going to definitely be making it happen! So hopefully some of our words of wisdom have rubbed off a bit, and we can all make things happen together!

Take The Oath of The Eye

From the bottom of my cool blazing heart,

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STYLE {WISE} – Suddenly Seeking Sweater Girls

{Natassja Kinski in Paris, Texas (1984)}

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Lovely ladies, it seems we’ve been thinking of you a lot lately. It’s not by accident, for we have been meditating on many thoughts as of late about our many loves and desires when it comes to female fashions. In true E.O.F. Style we stepped back to the past for a little taste of times past to infiltrate our vintage vision for the future. When it comes to sweaters, it’s not hard to see how having a great one is top of the pops for most style driven Sams and Sallys. If it’s not one, it better be a hundred. There aren’t many sweater that go out of style, either. They are simply one of those timeless treasures that titillate… Indeed, there was a time when we imagined only the good girl donning a prim and proper sweater, but don’t be fooled. Many a femme fatale and vixen have adorned their bodies with an armor of angora to dumb found the senses. We looked back  the distant and recent past to pull some of the best images we could find that helped seduce and inspire.  Listen close, and you might hear the sweet, sweet, song of the Sweater Girls….

“I’ve got a twenty pound ball hanging on a chain around my neck.

I’ve got to get away, run before I’ll be called away.

I’ve got to break these chains, before I go insane.

I’ve got to get up and go, go any place I don’t know.

I’m gonna break away from all the chains that bind

And everyday I’ll wear what I want

And do what suits me fine…

I’m gonna break away…

Break away from the Everyday…”

-“Breakaway” sung by Toni Basil, Prod. by Ed Cobb.

[Photo Source: Vintage Sleaze]

Hopefully Spring strikes soon, but in the meantime, rock those sweaters out! We have some cool ones right now in the {SHOP}!!!

Remember

XIXIXI

Gets you 25 % OFF in the {SHOP}!!!

So, don’t miss out on time traveled finds that will invoke your style spirit! 

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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NEW FOUND IMAGES OF WAR FROM THE EYE OF FAITH!

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WAR? What is it good for?

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

Those are the words we have stuck in our head, as of late. With the world in such a dizzy spell of violence and outrage, its hard to believe in a world where war doesn’t exist. But, like the faithful dreamers we are, we will have hope.

War has been around for centuries, and probably since the dawn of man; and yet between the moments of fiery battle and angry destruction, we somehow all find moments of tranquility and joy.

We uncovered a huge collection of beautiful war time photography dating to World War 2 that capture brilliantly and honestly those moments of humanity that really make us the grand creatures we truly are destined to be.

There are smiles, and laughs, and plenty of love and friendship – so much so, that it becomes heartbreaking to imagine the lives of these young boys, and the persistence of wondering whether or not they even survived the tragedies that awaited them.

Here is a look at some of the mysterious moments captured that we now possess to share with the world never to be forgotten.

So, there’s an itty bitty taste of what our collection contains! You’ve seen other unique photos from our collection before, and many of them have been shipped off to museums and/or universities where they will be safely stored and studied for their remarkable sense of composition, as well as place and time.

We are so proud and honoured to have these vintage snapshots as a part of our brand, and I think it is so important for us to keep obtaining these and other photographs, as so these moments will not be lost in time, and the artists, though unknown, can retain some respect and admiration for their spur of the moment creative thought and action!

You’ll probably see a few of these posted on our Etsy {SHOP} over the next few days, so please check it out! Vintage vernacular photographs are one of a kind, and is an affordable way to start collecting art! You can guarantee these pieces will start a million conversations, which is just another aspect that is incredibly enjoyable when collecting vintage snapshot photography.

Not only are they art, but they are a piece of history! So head over now for a peak . . . 

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[ Remember that code: XIXIXI gets you 25% off at the checkout ]

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Crime of Passion or Crime of Fashion?

Everyone enjoys a mugshot, as much as the next. Invasive? Essential? Photography lent itself as a most incredible resource for law enforcement around the world. No one can doubt that!

These days we’ve all seen the Mel Gibson, Heather Locklear, and the yearly Lindsay Lohan. Somehow, it seems, the mugshot has lost all it’s vintage charm! What happened to the mugshots of yesteryear?! Not to fear, we have unearthed some treats!

“I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman.”

David Bowie.

Some cultures believe a picture holds your soul- your very essence. Before the days of digital, photographs were rendered using chemical processes that captured the very essence of the moment. So, if not your soul, definitely a true essence of ‘time’ has been made.

Pictures speak a thousand words, and most of the stories told here are in the eyes, and naturally, outfits of these “fallen” individuals who were all “taken in” for one thing, or the other. What could their crimes have been? Definitely ask yourself as you take in some special one-of-a-kind cruise through vintage angst, vanity, and liberation.

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.”

Janis Joplin

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.”

Malcolm X

“The best revenge is massive success.”

Frank Sinatra

“Vanity is my favourite sin.”

Al Pacino

“I don’t believe in that phony hero stuff.”

Steve McQueen

Why are we always fighting for freedom when we are all supposed to be free? We all have our reasons, and whatever they be- being true to yourself will never be a crime, no matter how you are judged. Keep on keeping on!

“But the whole point of liberation is that you get out. Restructure your life. Act by yourself.”

Jane Fonda

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#TURNITON THE EYE OF FAITH WILL BE OPEN ALL NIGHT FOR JUNO CRAWL THIS FRIDAY!

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The Juno Awards are back in Hamilton this year, and its definitely brought a huge slew of exciting things to do in the city this weekend.

For our international audience, The Juno Awards are the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards with huge artists like Bryan Adams, Kiesza, Magic!, Drake, Leonard Cohen, Chromeo, and Alanis Morisette (to name a few) being honoured with nominations this year.

Tonight on James St. N the Juno’s will be taking over James St. North’s monthly Art Crawl for a Juno Crawl that will integrate the already slam packed night with over 30 music venues up and down the strip for a one-of-a-kind night of music, art, and of course, FASHION!

The Eye of Faith will be open all night to take in the festivities and serve our loyal style-wise clients with exuberant and timeless pieces from the {past} to bring alive in the {present} and invoke the {future}!!!

We will also be open all weekend, including Sunday, in case you can’t make it for Friday and Saturday (or in case, Alanis Morissette needs say, a dress, or anything else of the sort!).

The Eye of Faith Vintage - Rare THE CULT Band 1987 Electric World Tour British Punk Goth Mystic Rock N Roll Canadian Soft Unusual Bad Ass Graphic Concert T-Shirt

Rare “THE CULT” 1987 Electric World Tour Concert T-Shirt

{DID YOU KNOW: “The Cult” frontman Ian Astbury is not only a mens style icon, and one of the greatest rock musicians of all time, but he also was a resident of Hamilton, Ontario, from 1973 – 1978! }

Shock me one last time before I go back to the garden

Until we meet again,

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