On a breezy summer day there’s nothing quite like going for a stroll in the neighbourhood: grabbing an iced coffee, packing a little picnic, and lounging in the park with a few friends. Recently, one of our favourite shops in the Mile End, Citizen Vintage, invited a Querelleuse for some sunshine fun times while wearing a few of their one-of-a-kind and hand-made styles.
Owners Lara and Becky curate their shop with unique designs made in their workshop, a collection of pieces made in collaboration with local creators, their own expertly selected vintage finds, and then surround them all with the work of an artist-of-the-month, who they invite to pimp out their window and shop. In the words of co-owner, Lara, "The walls above the racks act as an art gallery, displaying paintings, photography and prints. From photographers, to illustrators, and fashion designers, to grafitti artists, we have worked with talents from a variety of creative backgrounds. These monthly exhibitions reflect the space and ambiance of each artist’s universe".
I really love the sense of artistic community and creativity that surrounds you while perusing their stock for that one-of-a-kind new piece for your wardrobe. It makes you feel good to support artists living in your community, all the while knowing the threads in front of you are made of recycled fabrics, so you’re helping mama nature too!
Photography : Lara Kaluza
Write-up & Modelling : Sarah Swiderski