Photo: Karen Inderbitzen Waller for NO Magazine
Coming just days after the shock announcement of the death of another K Road institution, famed street-sitter Margaret, Fast and Loose announced yesterday that it would close its St Kevin’s Arcade doors for good at the end of May. A favourite for stylists like Zara Mirkin (see photo above), and grunge-loving K Road indie girls (the types that might be found at DOC or Whammy), Fast and Loose is widely regarded as the best vintage store in the city. It was there that I bought my first Levi’s denim jacket, and an ultra-cropped Michael Jackson-esque asymetrical biker jacket that I never wore but always enjoyed looking at. According to owner Charlotte Rust, “Heartfelt thanks to our faithful customers and staff over the years, it has been a blast. Fast and Loose is dead, long live Fast and Loose!” Nevertheless, even the darkest clouds have a silver lining: Rust’s other St Kevin’s Arcade store Search and Destroy will remain open.
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