Notre Victoire.

Victoire Boutique, located on Ottawa’s Dalhousie street, is one of those places where it’s easy to spend an entire afternoon. As an Ottawa native myself, I used to visit the place at least twice a week when I was in high school, trying on garments made by some of my favourite independent Canadian labels like complexgeometries and Preloved. Victoire also happens to be the place where I bought my first issue of Worn (and, subsequently, where I bought my second, third and fourth issues of Worn).

Flashing forward a couple of years, I’m now living in Toronto (and working for WORN). While I love the shopping I have access to in my new city, I can’t help but get homesick for Ottawa stores now and then. As nice as it would be in theory, I’m not able to take a Greyhound bus home every time I feel like shopping. Imagine how stoked I was then when Victoire launched VictoireBoutique.com, an online version of their store. True, shopping the website isn’t nearly as fun as visiting the store itself, but for those of us not residing in the country’s capital it’s a pretty nice alternative. For those of you who do live in Ottawa, keep an eye open for Victoire’s 3 year anniversary party on July 11.

-Anna Fitz

Reclectica Vintage

Maryann Harris

Maryann Harris of Ottawa

Mention the word Ottawa, and a few things always come to mind: Parliament Hill, Alanis Morissette, trophy wife Marlen Cowpland. “Clothing capital” isn’t usually near the top of the list. While the vintage clothing scene in Ottawa is smaller than it’s counterparts in cities like Toronto, it’s been steadily growing the past few years, thankyouverymuch. A good part of this is due to vintage aficionados, including Maryann Harris of Reclectica.

On Sunday, March 1st, Maryann temporarily transformed her mother’s home into a makeshift clothing shop –- racks of fifties party dresses filled the living room, bedrooms became communal dressing rooms, with beaded clutches and brightly coloured fedoras displayed on the back porch. This was the second time in recent months that Harris had such a sale (the last one occurred in January during the Ottawa bus strike, so this one took place for the people who couldn’t make it the first time). Maryann used to have a booth in Ottawa’s Antique Market, but is now mostly only involved in shows, like The Capital Clothing Show.
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Anna Wornette

My name is Anna, and I’m one of several Wornettes, the new swarm of interns currently invading the Worn offices. As the only web intern, I’ll be updating this blog often.

I’m a first year university student majoring in English. I’m new to living in Toronto and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of its ever growing fashion scene. In the past, I’ve worked a few online magazines and interned at a local newspaper, but this is the first time I’ve had the chance to be so involved behind the scenes of a print publication like Worn.

I absolutely adore everything about fashion; I take my style cues from all sorts of places, but I’m particularly influenced by movies, such as those directed by Jean-Luc Godard, Michel Gondry, and Wes Anderson, feminine designers like Erin Fetherston, Abigail Lorick, and Miu Miu, and the uprising of style blogs written by regular girls.

I’m definitely looking forward to being part of the Worn family – hopefully you’ll be seeing a lot of me in the future!

Current inspirations:

Inspire Attire and If the Sok Fitz
My two blogs – the first is me deconstructing style icons, the second is an outfit blog I run with a friend.

The Fashion Spot
A great resource for everything fashion related – check out some of my articles on the front page!

Prim Magazine
A creative, avant-garde magazine started by a fourteen year old New Yorker

What Claudia Wore
A hilarious blog analyzing the style choices of Claudia Kishi from the Babysitters Club.

The Cherry Blossom Girl
Very charming French style blog

Also, here’s a head up for those of you looking to get your vintage fix in the next few weeks:

• In Ottawa this weekend? Mary Ann Harris of Reclectica will be hosting a vintage clothing sale on Sunday, March 1st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1495 Chomley Crescent. Cash only!

• If you’re in Toronto, the 18th annual Toronto Vintage Clothing and Textile Show will be taking place Saturday March 7th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Conference Ballroom of the CNIB Centre (1929 Bayview Ave.). Admission is $7; partial proceeds will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Canadian Cancer Society.

I’ll be at both these events; see you there!

Cheers,
Anna

Crushing on Régine and Katie

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interview and photography by Tracie LeBlanc
Katie and Regine are co-owners of Victoire, a sweet shop on Ottawa’s independently fashionable street, Dalhousie.

Why did you decide to open up a boutique in Ottawa?
It’s a city that has the best of both worlds – a big city, but with small town charms. It’s got the large population and tourist industry of a big city, but it’s also small enough that it’s easy to build a community around any project/business/idea you have. Everyone in Ottawa is connected somehow…so it means it’s really only a matter of time before you’re friends…which often leads to partnerships. This is how we love to do business, with friends!

What are your plans for the future?
Our new, bigger space allows us to expand into areas we’ve wanted to for a while, but just didn’t have the space for. We’re excited to be doing men’s wear, and doing more accessories for women, including shoes. We’re also dabbling in a house line, Steel Magnolias, which is primarily jewelry for now – but who knows where that could lead. And we’re also doing more art shows, and are thinking about hosting other types of events (bands, dance parties, etc.)

What do you think about Ottawa’s fashion scene?
A lot of people in Ottawa have full days, and they need outfits that can take them from the desk job, to “5 � 7″ drinks, to a dance party in a stinky basement. That makes for some very innovative (and resourceful!) dressing. Fashion scenes in other cities are more tied to their city’s fashion industry, but since Ottawa has a very small fashion industry, our “fashion scene” interlaps more with the music scene, the art scene, the club scene, the queer scene, etc. This makes things quite eclectic and harder to pin down.

Régine and Katie’s top 10 favourite Canadian designers…
1 – Clayton Evans for complexgeometries

2 – Dace Moore for Dace

3 – Valerie Dumaine
4 – Nokomis

5 – Maryanne Mathias for Hastings & Main
6 – Melissa Matos & Lenny Pier-Ramos for Powerhaus
7 – Arielle de Pinto
8 – Renata Morales
9 – Denis Gagnon
10-Common Cloth