Boots & Pine


Ify Ekoh in Harbord

Where did you grow up?

I migrated to Toronto from Enugu in grade one and I’ve been here ever since.

What do you do for a living?

I own a vintage clothing website called Sankofa Vintage which I launched earlier this year. All pieces are handpicked by me. Also my brejin jewelry maker Asia Clarke and I throw a clothing/jewelry/art event called SANKOFA and we do some styling work. I’m also a part time student at U of T.

How did you get started?

I’ve always loved collecting vintage because I find most of the clothing to be better quality and generally more unique than some of the things that are coming out right now. My father owns a clothing warehouse in North York where I find most of the pieces that I feature and after hosting two successful SANKOFA events, I decided to create an online presence for the clothing and accessories that I collect.

What’s your favorite thing about your neighborhood?

The old trees and the way people take care of their gardens. You can tell that people take pride in their homes. Its really beautiful and the neighbors are extremely friendly.

What’s the last treasure you found?

This spherical gold earring with engraved stars that I found in my moms jewelry box.  Its super fun. My mom said she has not worn it in a while because she couldn’t find the other pair so I’ve just been wearing the one earring.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

I would probably just host a dinner party with my close friends at the crib. My partner is a pretty great cook so we would probably try something completely new. If I had to go somewhere to eat it would probably be down the street at Seven Lives (Camarones a la Diabla  & Baja Fish.) or up the street at DT Bistro where I would get the Bistro Eggs Benedict.  So tasty!

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

Nina Simone. The personal was always political for her and its reflected in her music. I would love to pick her brain.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Honey and the Bees Band – Psychedelic Woman

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

A different mayor.

Visit Sankofa Vintage’s website and Tumblr. Also check out Ify’s personal blog


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