Boots & Pine


Lee Meszaros in Bloorcourt

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Paris…


My answer usually seems to get people all excited thinking I’m exotic or cultured or …whatever people think Parisians are, only to disappoint with that last part.

What brought you here? 

A handful of years ago one of my favourite people had a cheap summer sublet to share with me, and I kind of lucked into a job at a craft gallery, so it all seemed impossible to resist.

I had a fun summer, so I stayed and I keep on staying.

What do you do for a living?

I make two textile-based accessory lines- one is Be Proud, a series of handmade merit badges, and the other is EAU CLAIRE, a collection of hand embroidered accessories using reclaimed suede. I also have a little sideline administrative job working for a group of psychologists.

How did you get started?

I started sewing at a pretty young age, and took private sewing lessons later in high school so that I could make my own (very hideous and confusing) clothing. After a few post-secondary missteps, I ended up in a Craft program and felt like I’d finally discovered something that made sense- I needed to use my hands or I’d feel completely lost.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

That no matter which direction I walk, I can end up in a park in about 10 minutes. North is Christie Pitts, East is Bickford, South is Bellwoods, and West is Dufferin Grove. Park nexus!

What’s the last treasure you found?

I gave in and bought a Sodastream a little while ago, which must have probably led to the collapse of the entire mineral water market, since I’m pretty sure I was keeping them all in business before.

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

I would go to El Asador to have breakfast for dinner and crispy tacos, and then either across the street to P.A.T. Central for a bunch of Korean popsicles, or down to Bakerbots for ice cream sandwiches.

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

My answer has probably been the same since high school- Kathleen Hanna.

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

This is my favourite question, I think about this all of the time!

Either Redhead Walking by Beat Happening, or Modern Girl by Sleater Kinney would be pretty perfect.

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

Fewer assholes, more public gardens.

Visit Lee’s website.

© 2012 Arden Wray