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May 2015 - Nr. 5
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

April was a pretty important month. There were 2 anniversaries to be celebrated in our local area. I also attended some other events and made a visit to one of my most favorite shops: Catherine McKay Fashion. As long as I know Catherine, a lady with impeccable taste, I have not been able to go to her shop. No matter where it was located, without walking out with a special garment.

When I first met her, about 25 years ago she was located on Eglinton Ave. Soon after she moved, because most of her clients had left the area and the region was flooded with a totally different demographic. At the same time other shops that catered to the German language community also vanished, some of them permanently.

The Catherine MacKay Fashions shopThose were the first signs of our community in shrinking mode. Then it was a slow process, now it is not easily overlooked anymore, it is staring us in the face. Clubs have closed their doors or had to restructure and join another one to survive.

For me going to Catherine McKay fashion, no matter where she has her shop is always an adventure in style. A few times a year she travels to Europe and handpicks special items for her clients. From the European classic to the fashionably As you enter Catherine MacKay's Fashions storemodern garment, she always manages to surprise me. Like her I like colour. I do not like dressing like an “old” lady, even though you might call me one. Her garments originate in France, Germany and other countries, but also from India. And believe me, those are different from the outfits from India you can find here. The quality of fabric is much higher, and the style, because of European demand, is much more high fashion than the mass produced stuff we see here.

But I can also still find a “Landhaus Look”, something she used to carry a lot. She still has a few choice pieces left and I found a fabulous skirt to extend my “Trachten Look”, as well as something else.

The best part is that she also carries fabulous accessories, like shoes, scarves and jewellery.

Sybille with Catherine MacKaySo, if you are a mother, or have one, make your way to 2300 John Street in Thornhill, on a small plaza, and treat yourself to a unique outfit that you will really love for a long time, something you will not find anywhere else.


Happy Mother’s Day!

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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