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Farewell to Malabar, Toronto’s former costume emporium

Photographer Peter MacCallum got a behind-the-scenes look in the famed former costume shop shortly before it closed its doors


Malabar Limited, the famed costume emporium, closed in March 2022. Although it had been a fixture of downtown Toronto’s cultural landscape for 99 years, it departed without fanfare or media coverage. The three-storey building it had occupied at 14 McCaul Street is currently vacant and for sale, asking price $14,500,000. In July 2019, I was granted permission to photograph the interiors behind Malabar’s grimy, inscrutable facade. Many Torontonians will remember visiting its retail and... Read more