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A Chat With Laurence Philomène: Our March Artist

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Me vs others is an ongoing project in which Laurence photographs her friends and peers as herself, using an orange wig as a signifier for personal identity - turning these photographs into a physical installation, this window display is meant to be bright, colourful and personal. 

Laurence Philomène 

Laurence Philomène 

Laurence is a queer freelance photographer and curator living in Montreal and working around themes of gender identity, softness & color theory. more at www.laurencephilomene.com / instagram.com/laurencephilomene

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

I wanted to be a writer for a long time, then I realized taking photos is a lot easier. 

 

 What are you listening to right now? 

At this exact moment, “I didn’t just come here to dance” by carly rae jepsen / In general, the Ponyo soundtrack

 

What would the perfect day be like for you ?

sleeping in, hanging out in a room that’s entirely covered in pillows/fabrics, watching the parent trap and then eating a lot of cheese. 

 

What are you working on right now?

myself & teaching myself to predict the future 

 

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

courtney stodden’s dog 

 

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

I went to ~professional photography~ school!!! 

 

In 5 words, how would you describe your aesthetic?

sports, sports, sports, sports, sports

 

What’s your favorite fashion decade ?

mid 2000s emo 

 

How would you describe your style ?

lazy queer 

 

What’s your favorite vintage purchase ?

I like collecting old photographs from the turn of the century, nightgowns, I recently bought an E.T toy from the 80s in England that was pretty neat. 

A Chat With Lovestruck: Our February Artist

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Lovestruck prints expo & window installation for Citizen Vintage is about softness, intimacy and love. As always, they wanna represent non-hetrocentric relationships and share feelings of softness and beauty. 

'Through screen printing and illustration, I explore a personal account of soft and femme aesthetics focused on lesbian and feminist subjects. More specifically, care-work, emotions and the reclamation of space are the driving topics of my illustrations. The representation of femme relationships in my work endeavors to challenge heteronormativity by making us more visible and relatable. 

Genevieve Allard

Genevieve Allard


My work includes images of strong femme folks who inspire me to be authentic: sensitive, unapologetic, emotional, sexually empowered, in control, gender non-conforming, and well, really just whatever we want to be!

Also i like drawing cute animals. ''

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

 Déssinatrice, which is pretty much the word I had for illustrator. I change ideas many times but I really liked drawing and my dad had made me little business cards saying: Geneviève, Déssinatrice, at like 8. 

 

What are you listening to right now? 

 Christine and the Queens, again. 

 

What would the perfect day be like for you ?

Seeing something happening in the news that would make me feel good about our world for a bit and being out of the city with loved ones for a little trip. Seeing a big sky with a light heart I guess.

 

What are you working on right now?

A zine about fantastic and inspiring women and people around me. Maybe illustrating a feminist book for young girls...

 

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

 Christine and the Queens, eheh.

 

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

Both I guess, did Cegep in art and then one year of university. When back to drawing and screen printing more seriously years after..

 

In 5 words, how would you describe your aesthetic?

Soft, femme, strong, direct and cute. 

 

What’s your favorite fashion decade ?

i'm a 90's girls for sure. Bjork + spice girls forever.

 

How would you describe your style ?

I'm either into magic soft fluffy pastel vibes or all black and simple lines.

 

What’s your favorite vintage purchase ?

This winter definitely this cozy pink sweater with 2 cats on the pocket. The cats are like a couple, they have little accessories but are gender neutral. I got it at your store ;)

Holiday Gifting time is here... and we can help

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It's the time of year when you can chill in your pajamas and watch Home Alone and get all nostalgic, when your apartment smells like pine from the lovely tree you just purchased and every single shop plays that Mariah Carey song "All I want for Christmas" that you've heard for about the 50th time already. Oh the Holidays! But what to buy the ones you love?

 

Don't stress! We have you covered. Check out the wonderful holiday gift guide that will make your life so much easier. Trust us. One stop shop :)

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! 

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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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