Coal Miner's Daughter
Dear reader, I bought.
How could I not? Janine Cockburn and Krysten Caddy's cozy wee Mirvish Village shop Coal Miner's Daughter melted my snobby, high-fashion heart, the bitchy little muscle giving in with a thousand condescending sighs.
They had me at reworked shark shirt.
My crush came from their actually-stylish reworked vintage--Cockburn's Clementine & Tweed line--as well as an impeccable small selection of well-priced accessories from independent Canadian designers.
"We both always just wanted to have our own store," said Cockburn. "Here we can offer one-of-a-kind or limited edition pieces that are unique, or have a little twist."
Why, for instance, is their reworked vintage actually successful? Clementine & Tweed doesn't use the usual (hideous) technique of patchworking disparate vintage pieces together, instead merely tweaking existing garments, or making fresh new pieces out of vintage fabrics.
I was especially taken with the cheesy nature shirts ($35) that were ruched on one side and given a deep scoop-neck in the back. Small details, sure, but they made for a more chic piece of clothing--sans the Frankenstein effect usually at work in reworked vintage pieces.
Also from Clementine & Tweed was an excellent selection of vintage fabric rompers, from colour-blocked pink and navy number to a slinky black-and-white polkadot one-piece ($110). Even their maxidresses--notoriously hard to pull off without looking dowdy or hippie-ish--were bright and surprisingly stylish.
Another sartorial stand-out line is Sui Generis; what with the nineties coming back and all, I predict that their floral pouf-skirt ($59) will fly off shelves. (It came home with me, after all, but only so my new shark shirt didn't get lonely.)
Accessories abound as well. The store itself was named after Caddy's more established jewelry line, which includes a lovely chunky quartz ring shot through with black ($75) and a massive mother-of-pearl knuckleduster ($65). Then there's Pica's chain and feather earrings ($30) and Biko's antique-style locket ($69), too.
Rompers, shark shirts, pouf skirts, and feathered earrings?! I love me this Coal Miner's Daughter. I'd do her any day.
Photos by Alex Russel.