|"The one true language of the world is a kiss."|
Flanking the sentiment, mannequins pose in hint-of-spring sweaters, topped by fuchsia lips:
Inside, there is much to tempt the Valentine, such as sweetly sexy lingerie in lover's red:
A vintage moto to fit either a smaller man or a woman:
An ever-changing bin of scarves, from crisp foulards to Florida travel souvenirs—your choice for $12:
Mexican-influenced pressed-tin earrings, $15:
I wish I could bring you in appreciate the refinement of a fur capelet, which transforms the simplest sweater or top into a statement of personal style. My photo doesn't do justice to the lining, a plush bronze velvet. (Price, $195.)
Montréal designers are masterful users of recycled-fur pieces that keep us warm through polar winter and chilly spring. This piece is on sale, a tender ruff of white-chocolate with caramel contrast. (Sale price about $68.)
For spring, a tailored navy and ecru vintage bag with a handsome, heavy clasp; price, $30:
fripe fabrique also offer DIY sewing workshops; the line of retro gleaming Singers awaits those interested in repairing garments or designing the perfect skirt:
ff's lovely owner Michelle says it's her vision to not just sell clothes, but to create a community of DIY, the city's best new designers, and clients. I can't resist dropping by every few weeks to hear her plans for collaborations and new projects.
Longing for a closer look? Come to Montréal, or check out ff's Etsy shop when it's back in swing after a brief break.