What We Do

Kathryn Smythe is a crafts person creating old fashioned new things. From her 1923 toaster to her 1962 Ford Galaxie hot rod she revels in the workmanship and ethos of days gone by. Over 30 years of craft based industry experience in Toronto, a lifetime of sewing and her obsession with vintage items come together culminating in her unique vision.

Her company, Carnival of Kitsch rescues the fine fabrics and luxury leather goods of the past. These items are then refashioned into stylish practical accessories for the present. From concept through design each piece is hand made and repurposed from vintage (1940's-1980’s) leather garments, belts, curtains, upholstery, cushion covers, tablecloths and other forgotten articles of everyday life.