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