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A Week In The Life Of CV Girls: Part Three

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We have reached the end. The last step in the vintage shop process. We have finally arrived at the shop where the last few steps are taken before you get to purchase your new favorite piece. 

Leah is very excited to see what's in the suitcase this week!

Leah is very excited to see what's in the suitcase this week!

We last left of with the girls packing up a suitcase and heading out the door. We will let you know that thankfully our studio is only about 4 blocks aways. But when juggling one or two heavy suitcases full of clothing in the winter after a snowstorm, it can be really challenging to say the least... Haha. We typically bring over about a couple of hundred pieces a week to keep up with our eager customers. 

Once the suitcases arrive at the shop, it is time to unpack. Oh and we also like to try on all the new goodies :) We like to do this in the AM when the shop is nice and quiet. 

I think Lea has found herself a new coat... She can hardly contain herself :)

Then we will hang everything and get the steamer going. This might be the least exciting part of the process. Anybody who has ever had to steam clothing will understand this statement. But we have to make sure everything looks great on the racks so we steam away! 

Happy...

Happy...

Little...

Little...

Steamer!

Steamer!

Most of the pricing and tagging are done at studio but sometimes there are items like the accessories or the footwear that need to be done. We then enter every style into our system so that we can keep track of our inventory.

Time to merchandise! Our merchandising is mostly arranged by assortment and then by color. So there is a skirt rack, pants rack, dress rack... you get the picture. And then we typically will have an all black rack. People love their all black everything looks! We will change it around every so often just to keep the store looking fun and fresh. 

And while all of this is happening, we have already started the whole process again! 

A Chat With Collaborate's Heather Lynn and Greg Doble: Our November Artists

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For the month of November, Greg Doble and Heather Lynn have combined their distinct illustrative styles to create Collaborate, a jumble of paintings, drawings and sculptures that erupt from floor to ceiling. The focus of the display is based on hands, specifically gestures, and the unique character that can be perceived from something as simple as a hand gesture. Pieces are hung at various heights and climb their way upwards through a maze of picture frames creating a chaotic path for the viewer to navigate and explore these two designers unique styles.

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Shortly after completing art school in 2011, Greg moved to Montreal where he now lives and works as a freelance illustrator/animator. Similarly, Heather, a recent grad from her design program in Ottawa moved to Montreal for the colourful and collaborative design scene. She currently works as a junior designer and does freelance illustration work on the side. Since meeting, the duo have found harmony exploring the similarities and differences in their work. Collaborate is a celebration of those explorations.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Heather : Art Teacher by day, Fashion Designer by night.

Greg : When I was little I wanted to grow up to be Batman. I haven’t fully taken that dream off the table to be honest.

 

What are you listening to right now? 

Heather : Shut Up Kiss Me - Angel Olsen

Greg : Poison - Michele Nox

 

What would the perfect day be like for you ?

Heather : Friends, nature, sun, Triple Crown Dinette and a concert

Greg : Friends, drinks in the park, tacos and top off the night with a concert

 

What are you working on right now?

Heather : Forming a small business with some awesome chicks (called Pastel Noir, which will have its debut at the vernissage!) and creating lots of floral paintings.

Greg : These days I have a number of animated projects on the go but I’m most excited about a music video I am creating for the Montreal electronic musician WOULG.

 

If your window display was a planet what celebrities would live there? 

Greg + Heather : If our window was a planet it would solely be populated by The Rolling Stones playing “Paint it Black” on repeat

 

Did you go to art school or are you self taught? 

Heather : Self taught illustrator with a design diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario.

Greg : I went to art school at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta.

 

In 5 words, how would you describe your aesthetic?

Heather : Dark, sharp, gothic, decorative, feminine.

Greg : Minimal, playful, animated, graphic, absurd.

 

What’s your favorite fashion decade ?

Heather : 1970’s

Greg : 1970’s

 

How would you describe your style ?

Heather : witchy Madeline

Greg : lazy goth

 

What’s your favorite vintage purchase ?

Heather : A black 1950’s cashmere mockneck with 3⁄4 sleeves.

Greg : A blue button up with a pattern of little pineapples.

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We Love A Sneak Peek :)

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Just shot the latest shoot for our Winter look book and what a shoot it was. The colors, the prints, the attitude all came together to create a 60's ornate bohemian dream. So here are a couple of shots to hold you over til we release the full spread. 

THE HAPPY TEAM!!!

Coats! Coats! Coats!

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Click on the photo to check out our photoshoot we did on Mont Royal with our lovely CV team member, Marie-Claude. We grabbed some of our fave coats and headed to the mountain for a (cold) afternoon of fun and fashion.

They were just brought over to the shop so go check them out!