Boots & Pine


Karen Donaldson & Vanessa Warrack in Trinity Bellwoods

Where did you grow up?

Vanessa: I grew up in Toronto.
Karen: I grew up in Etobicoke and moved to Newmarket when I was a teenager.

What do you do for a living?
V: I am a fashion designer. I design Minnow Bathers and have my own lingerie label, Bully Boy.
K: I am a costumer and fashion designer currently studying to be a textile conservator. I design Minnow Bathers with Vanessa.

How did you get started?

V: We both grew up making our own clothes. We started designing clothing together for fun when we first met. Bathers came naturally because we couldn’t find what we wanted to wear in stores.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

K: Bitondo’s is up there for sure… and the park.
V: Being down the street from the beach rules!!

What’s the last treasure you found?

V: Conjurer poster by Stephen Schramm. It’s beautiful and badass.
K: A cast ceramic flask by Jimmy Limit.

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

V: BBQ on my deck with best buds followed by beer pong!
K: I concur.

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

K: I think if we had a hotel party with Chris Farley and Adam Sandler it would be pretty fun!!
V: We would fall and break every table!! Haha…our hotel bill would be mental!

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

V: X-Files theme song…duh!! Haha.
K: Hahaha yeah I’m into that.

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

V: Safer roads for bikes and affordable rent.
K: A better mayor would be nice.

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