Sunday, January 11, 2009

Model Citizen

Model Citizen in Kensington Market is a terrific place to get lost for an hour. Vintage meets avant garde. Excellent Canadian design is representin'. But they don't have a website?! so you'll have to take my word for it, and check the photos below. Oh, and here's a little profile from NOW. Or you could just head over and see for yourself.

Seriously, I've been looking at a fantastic VĂ©ronique Miljkovich architectural, bias-cut, shirt-meets-tunic thing for months. Hoping and praying that its $170.00 price tag might begin to reflect the current, post-Xmas economy.

On Thursday, happily, I did negotiate a bargain - $136.00 - though the argument has been made that I a) can't justify the need for a new top for the next decade, given my current crop and b) should be saving my pennies like everyone else - if only to pay off the frickin' bathroom (I mean, the gorgeous bathroom I love).

The point has also been made, by me time and again, that I love to support small Canadian business and Canadian fashion and for that privilege, my friends, one has to pay a premium. So be it. The piece is so beautiful, drapes so perfectly and looks so flattering that I will love it for years to come.

And here are the money shots:


  1. I love that. I think you made a good choice. The draping is superb.

  2. Naughty naughty but wear it alot and you'll be happy - it does look fab on you!

  3. I love that. And I like some of the other pieces on her site too.

    I've made a mental note to check out her stuff in person.

  4. That little shop looks like a real treasure trove, and that top is very you! A shopping story with a happy ending!

  5. I would have had to slap you if you didn't buy that.

  6. E: I'm so glad you like it! I don't own anything that looks the same (which I love, of course). Thanks!

    Monkey: I thought of calling them the Monkey shots, but that just seemed too bold :-)

    Kate: Weren't you the one who told me to save my pennies for the good stuff? I know you were speaking of shoes, but still!

    Raven: You're so close. You are lucky! Have you gone to Headquarters, by any chance?

    Thanks Seeker!

    Skye: Oh, I love it when something looks like me! What a great compliment. I know you would love the shop - and many others in that area. It's just like you :-)

    WendyB: I love it when you go all dom! :-)

  7. Headquarters...long time ago. I'll have to put that on the to-do list as well. Do they carry Veronique's work?

  8. gorgeous! good for you for haggling... i'm not very good at it myself...

  9. That top was worth every penny - you look amazing in it too, of course.

  10. Someone has to stimulate the economy, might as well be you.

  11. Well, money well spent I think.
    Ditto with Matt. Gotta spend apparently to get us out of this trouble. Very counter intuitive but hey whatever they say!

  12. You chose wisely, lady. Seriously, that top is utterly amazing.

    BTW, thank you for your sweet, supportive chastisement on Saturday's ban post. You're a star.

  13. The top looks great! I'm happy to shop vicariously through you.

  14. I'm with you on supporting small local fashion designers - you have to pay a bit more - but you get way more unique pieces than what you'd get at a department store or down the high street shops.

  15. Raven: Let me check and get back to you...

    Jennine: I used to think I was awesome. Since I met bloggers, now I know I'm only good :-)

    Cybill: Thank you!

    Mattie and Songy: Indeed, I'm doing my part for the global economy. I'm such an altruist!

    Sal: Thank you. I've worn it non-stop. Which is tough given it's not exactly ubiquitous. Peeps are looking at me strange.

    Janet: I'm happy to keep up my end of the bargain too :-)

    Imogen: It's so much more rewarding in the small shops, I feel...

  16. the money shots ...ahahahhaha love it!!!

  17. Maegan: Made me giggle to write that :-)

    Thanks Ms. U!