Summer in Toronto has been a little anti-climactic. An extended spring seems to have never quite given way to summer, even long after the summer solstice has passed. Things haven’t felt as bustling as they have in the past. And me? I’ve been locked away in my own world crafting something special.
There are many reasons bloggers decide to start chronically their lives in the digital sphere. While I’ve stopped and started multiples times, I’ve been running this particular blog for over a year and a half. I look up to the OGs of the blogosphere like Feral Creature who has been blogging for 10 years now. She recently published a post about being at a crossroads in her journey and it made me stop and think about my own path.
How do you define home? Where you live now? Where you grew up? Where your family is? Or something else? Oftentimes how I interpret where home is depends on how I feel, who’s asking, or any other possible variable. My definition of home feels like it’s always changing and lately I’ve been thinking about where exactly that even is for me.
With support from online fashion heavyweights like Refinery 29, Who What Wear, Nylon, and the Zo Report, CurriculumShop.com is quickly making a name for itself in the world of digital fashion retailers. Since its start two years, founder Nicki Podvalej has been driven by her inspirations, entrepreneurial spirit, and the insightful advice of those close to her. Keep reading to learn more about her process and what keys to her success we can all apply to our lives.
Curriculum is more than just another online clothing retailer. It’s a destination where discerning shoppers with an eye for unique pieces come to experience fashion. It’s educational in a way, exposing shoppers to many small brands only available halfway around the world. Late last year I was lucky enough to meet up with the brains behind CurriculumShop.com, Nicki Podvalej, to discuss her retail philosophy, buying process, how she found her way into fashion, and so much more. Your crash course begins now.
The weather has been pretty crappy lately with the last traces of winter still lagging in Toronto. Going out still requires a warm coat and tough footwear that can handle the slush, salt, and snow. On a particularly warm day my partner and I headed out to do some exploring in the city. I had come across this gorgeous graffiti wall online and was determined to find where exactly it was, quietly tucked away in the west end.
As you guys already know, my love for local Toronto fashion and lifestyle brand Untitled&Co runs pretty deep. I’ve always admired their fun, youthful style that is sexy, unique, and always empowered. I appreciate the way they engage with their community. I respect the social causes they align themselves with. I love that when I go to their physical store at 438 Queen St W in Toronto, it’s run entirely by other ambitious young people like myself.
So when they asked me if I wanted to do a shoot together again my answer was obvious: YAAAAS!
Denim is a wardrobe staple, there’s no denying that. Whether as jeans or a jacket, intact or distressed, it’s an iconic textile that the fashion world will continue to reinvent. Who would know that better than Kealan Sullivan of 69 Vintage? An avid collector and enthusiast, Sullivan’s collections spans decades. It’s no surprise that she chose denim as a medium for expression in her runway collection entitled “Wild Child” which debuted at Fashion Art Toronto last year.
In part one of my interview we discussed her fashion background, the success of her long-running vintage store, her passion for human connections, and her journey to finding confidence. Now in part two we’ll discuss her designs, her inspirations, and what’s next for the self-described “OG wild child”.
Kealan Sullivan is a Toronto fashion OG. In a city where fashion boutiques in the downtown core are here today and gone tomorrow, Sullivan stood her ground as a highly respected, successful business woman for over 10 years. As the owner behind 69 Vintage, her life revolved around sourcing and selling the best secondhand pieces she could find to a city full of discerning thrifters.
Now that she’s entering a new chapter, I caught up with Kealan to see what I could learn from her entrepreneurial spirit. She opened up about how she started her business, how she ended it (on purpose), and what she’s passionate about now. From creating a runway collection (which I’m wearing!), to traveling, to reconnecting with herself, Kealan is doing it her way.
After living here for a few years I’ve seen Toronto from cozy King East to hip West Queen West, classy Yorkville to the buzzing Entertainment District. But I’d never seen Toronto from up above…until now.