Boots & Pine


Kristiann Boos in Chinatown


Where did you grow up?

A hodge podge of places. Trinidad, Scotland, a little town in Alberta and Toronto.

What brought you to Toronto?

My family left the prairies so that we could all be together as my brother and many other relatives were already here.  I was so happy for the change, but nothing compares to an Alberta sunset or the Northern lights!

What do you do for a living?

I’m a fashion designer and I make sewing patterns for women. I also teach classes at The Workroom in Parkdale.

How did you get started?

I wanted to create clothing in a socially conscious way. I saw this opportunity after teaching for a few years and seeing how popular sewing and DIY was becoming. I loved the idea of sharing my designs with people in a format that would encourage their own creativity.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

The old lanterns lining my street. Nowhere else in the city has them and when I’m riding home at night they make it easy to pretend I’m living in the 50′s. Also, coffee that makes your tastebuds sing!

What’s the last treasure you found?

Re-discovered the incredibleness of the reference library. They’re doing such amazing renovations and they have these cool new soundproof, circular, glass cage like study pods. So. Cool!

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

I would get take out ribs from Foxley’s and dine in Bellwoods with my best friend.

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

Jim Henson. We would make crafts, eat smores, I’d get him to sing “The Rainbow Connection” and tell me all kinds of stories.

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

Twisted by Joni Mitchell, ha!

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

Confidence in itself, a roller disco (if anyone knows of one, please let me know!) and an ocean.

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