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The idea behind Citizen Vintage is to provide a sustainable alternative to the fast fashion brands by recycling and up-cycling vintage pieces and materials. Our love for vintage clothing goes beyond aesthetics- being stylish and creating beautiful outfits doesn’t have to be environmentally harmful.
The girls each grew up being very much into vintage and thrifting thanks to their moms. Both ladies had picked up great pieces in the 60's and 70's and passed this love of clothing and fashion onto their daughters. Thanks mom!
How we got started
Lara and Becky met during their very first pop up vintage sale. The girls respectively had an extensive vintage collection and decided to continue on working together from that point. Their pop ups were so successful and they worked so well together that they entertained the idea of opening a shop. One day planning another pop up, they came upon a "for rent" sign on St Laurent in the Mile End, inquired about the space and well... the rest is history.
Why the name “Citizen”
It is a difficult process and took much deliberating. Ultimately we agreed on the name Citizen, as it speaks to the people on the street, the faces we see everyday in our neighborhood that we draw inspiration from.
It’s more than vintage…
Inspired by our favorite vintage pieces, we launched our our own handmade line in 2014 “Studio Citizen”, made ethically in Montréal (in the Mile Ex neighborhood) from mainly dead-stock fabric.
We believe in limiting the production of new materials, and using what’s already in existence. Sourcing dead-stock fabric is an important part of our mission. Although it’s very rare to find more than one roll of old fabric which can sometimes be limiting, it encourages small batch productions and contributes in limiting waste.