“I try to be unique. I try to be unexpected. Something that hasn’t been seen.”
“When I look good, I feel confident, and I’m ready for exams.”
“My fashion … it’s all thrift store stuff.”
In 2010, Eric Olek was inspired to get involved with Winnipeg’s hip-hop and nightlife communities. The creation of his clothing line, Friday Knights Clothing, allowed him to do this.
Joseph Visser, the photographer behind Winnipeg-based creative platform From Here & Away, wants to make it easier for people to wear their values on their sleeves.
“I didn’t think too much about my outfit today … just put it on.”
Alex Kohut started his career in vintage clothing as a thrifting wunderkind. The 23-year-old, who runs The Vintage Saint shop on Albert Street, got into the game at a young age.
“I like to wear what people tell me not to wear.”
A sampling of costume ideas by Kait Evinger
“Every day, put on your favourite things. Dream like you’re five and smile.”
“I like to mix neutral colours with colourful accessories.”
"When you're in Winnipeg, you have to dress warm."
“My style is relaxed.”
“I’m from Japan. I’m only in Winnipeg for two weeks. Winnipeg is so good!”
"I like to dress nice."
“I was so tired today, so I wore all black to mourn my sleep.”
Students go to thrift empires rather than small boutiques.
For those who gravitate toward beauty and fashion, Winnipeg can feel like a stepping stone on the way to a more glamorous city like Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. But The Peg is in the midst of a makeover montage as local style icons embrace its humble vibe and lead the way in flaunting it.
“Rainbows are good. I express myself with colours.”
“What I’m wearing makes me comfortable.”