Underneath a Queen West vintage boutique, Kingpin’s Hideaway sells menswear “with balls”
Kingpin’s Hideaway is tucked away in the basement of Queen Street’s longstanding vintage boutique Cabaret. This pop-up shop for (mostly) men is the doing of Jonathan Hagey, a vintage collector offering up "Gentlemenswear. With Balls," or so the tagline goes. Housing everything needed for a dapper silhouette, Hagey is prepared to dress men from head to toe, helping them look and feel their best while scrapping the ubiquitous jeans ‘n’ plaid combo.
Hagey started collecting vintage early in life, finding it difficult to let go of pieces he found superb, but unfortunately didn’t fit. “I’m pretty sure I was the only one posing for school pics in a three-piece suit,” he recalls, continuing to say that, much to his dismay, this didn’t impress the ladies.
From collecting he moved into supplying, working with stores in Toronto, Guelph and Kitchener; meanwhile, Hagey took to styling his brother and friends. He discovered that while men are certainly interested in dressing better, their significant others will often try to style them, leading to resistance. “Men don’t want their wives or girlfriends to enter into mom-dom,” Hagey notes. When he steps in, men are more open to suggestion.
The store came about when longtime friend Tao Drayton – Cabaret’s owner – was hemming and hawing about what to do with the not-quite-working basement. With its underground location, stone walls and speakeasy feel, it was the perfect fit for Hagey’s finds: thus, the Hideaway was born. With goods discovered in every nook and cranny, there is plenty to take in.
A Gieves & Hawkes World War II era bespoke suit – complete with military cap and the address ‘No.1 Savile Row’ stitched on the label ($3,125) – is made from the finest cashmere and is fit for a museum. Meanwhile, a loud Versace shirt ($225) from the eighties is perfect for those who are falling for the house’s comeback, but aren’t willing to wait in ridiculous lines at H&M.
Standout accessories include some suspenders adorned with Titian-esque beauties, as well as peek-a-boo silk ties from Miss Feeney’s Finery ($95) – the underside reveals some coy pin-up gals. Ladies, fret not: deadstock panties ($10) from the 1960s tumble fittingly out of a set of drawers, ensuring no one is left out.
Kingpin’s Hideaway, 672 Queen St. W., 647-466-2945