Boots & Pine


Colleen Ramage in Bloorcourt

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Bloor West Village and Oakville.

What brought you to Toronto?

I moved back to the city as a teenager with my Dad, but chose to stay here because it’s the best of both worlds, we have all the amenities of a large city,  but in my opinion very few of the ills.

What do you do for a living?

I run Philistine, we sell new and vintage clothing for both women and men.

How did you get started?

My business partner and I started selling clothing online and participating in pop-up events while I was finishing school. Once I graduated we took the plunge and opened up our brick and mortar shop.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

Bloor and Dovercourt is the perfect sanctuary within the city. Even though we’re in the downtown core we’re literally surrounded by parks – that’s definitely one of my favourite features!

What’s the last treasure you found?

A tiny milk glass hobnailed vase for a baby succulent – it’s pretty cool.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

As long as I wasn’t leaving to go to India, I would go to Dhaba for their incredible Indian food buffet.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

Amy Sedaris, of course!! We would make tons of crafts and hilarious jokes!

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Head On by The Jesus and Mary Chain

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

Probably a lot of things, but I feel pretty strongly that the TTC needs to improve in order to meet the increasing demand for a more intricate and inclusive system.

Visit Philistine in person at 1394 Queen St W. or shop online. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram @PhilistineToronto, and Twitter @PhilistineTO

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