The Original Smiths is an online store that sells vintage, retro and upcycled clothing and handmade jewellery. Anelia and Renée. we are two black girls in Toronto who love fashion. we are friends who laugh and support one another and we grow together. sometimes we do not always see eye to eye which is good because no one is perfect and one person cannot know everything. At times there are many paths to get to the same destination. we balance each other out. we are artists so we are weird and think outside of the box. sometimes there is no box.
we are the makers and diyers of our generation. we bring something different to Toronto; we bring something different to the independent fashion scene. we do not imitate popular fashion trends – we make them better.
we are 90s kids so our vision is mainly focused on the 80s and 90s. we grew up watching Fresh Prince. we know who the original Aunt Viv was. Madonna was a bad ass and we loved it. TLC will always be one of greatest girl groups. with this specific vision in mind, we source our clothing from thrift stores, wholesale vintage businesses and grannies. denim on denim. chokers. leather jackets. denim jackets. crop tops. overalls. we have it all.
after getting our pieces we start the upcycle process. from ripping, distressing, adding or taking away fabric or changing the buttons to zippers – the possibilities are endless. all of our one of a kind pieces are upcycled in Toronto, Canada either by one of us or a local Canadian artist.