New Hamilton boutique brings new life to old clothes used in film productions


Published December 10, 2021 at 11:27 am

Upcycled Aviary, a new vintage clothing shop in downtown Hamilton, has opened and they specialize in repurposing clothing used on film productions. — Photo courtesy Upcycled Aviary Instagram

A new vintage clothing store inspired by the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood but with an emphasis on sustainability and social responsibility is now opened in downtown Hamilton.

Upcycled Aviary (UA) started welcoming customers to their brand new storefront at 111 King St. E last week, just in time for the busy holiday shopping season.

The boutique is truly unique in that much of its clothing collection consists of repurposed, ‘preloved’ garments, many of which come from film productions.

“At Upcycled Aviary we have been fortunate enough to partner with Canadian and film productions to create unique and fashion-forward pieces derived from wardrobes that would otherwise be enroute to landfill sites,” the store said on its website.

“Carefully selected vintage garments round out our collections, and keep these treasures from being disposed of before their time.”


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These unique pieces are also offered up at very reasonable price points and with a focus on social, environmental and community responsibility.

UA  is demonstrating this commitment by hosting a food drive in support of Hamilton Food Share in its first week of operation. UA also includes a Land Acknowledgment recognizing the traditional stewardship of Indigenous Peoples over the land on which the shop operates on its website.

Local vendors and makers feature prominently in some of the other non-clothing items available to purchase at the shop, which includes cards, prints, decor items and more.

“Community is everything to us at Upcycled Aviary,” the UA website said. “Creating a better world starts right here in the Hammer.”

For more information on Upcycled Aviary and its mission or to peruse the shop’s unique (and gorgeous) collection, visit their website and give them a follow on social media.

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