"sun+stars is the passion project of a couple of creative mamas, Kristen + Lora who have been friends for over 15 years. Drawn together through our mutual love of tiny donuts, cute cacti, 60's soul music and vintage clothing.
As long time veterans of the Toronto fashion industry (Roots, Club Monaco, Joe Fresh, PreLoved), and lovers of all things handmade, in the summer of 2015 we decided to join forces and create a line of our own.
Together we aim to design items that appeal to both kids and their parents; Pieces that add imagination to a child's bedroom or look playful in a living room. We believe in quality goods made from sustainable materials that will live in your home for years to come."
How did you get into your art/craft?
We both have backgrounds in fashion and have always loved making things for ourselves. After becoming moms, we came together and talked about starting a kids line, making printed decor and clothing with modern, simple graphics. We had a friend show us how to silkscreen one afternoon and we've been hooked ever since. We love the satisfaction of working with a new screen and raising it up to reveal our design.
What do you like to listen to while you’re working?
We usually throw on a playlist with a 60's or 70's mix....sometimes some 80's and 90's creeps in there.
Outside of your medium, what other types of art/design/etc are you inspired by?
Kristen + Lora -Photography
If you couldn’t be an artist/craftsperson, what would you love to be?
Kristen- A museum curator or pastry chef.
Lora- A writer
Where is your studio located?
Our studio is located in Lora's house in the west end of Toronto. We both live in a neighbourhood called the Junction.
What's your favourite thing about your city?
Kristen- Toronto rules! I love all the distinctly, different neighborhoods...the Junction, Roncesvalles Village, Parkdale and Leslieville are my faves. Each is special in its own way with beautiful houses, shops and restaurants.
Lora- I love how many parks there are in the city, you are always a 10 minute walk away from a park.
If you could live anywhere else in the world where would it be?
Kristen- Edinburgh or Venice Beach
Lora- I always thought I would live in a big old house in the country....somewhere in Canada I wouldn't want to take my kids too far away from family.
What do you love most about Canada?
Kristen- Our beautiful landscape and diversity
Lora- I feel lucky to raise my family in a place that's progressive and safe, filled with beautiful places and diverse people.
What brand/artist can you not get enough of?
Kristen- Right now I'm obsessed with "thief & bandit's" lingerie and "jb+dg's" beautiful wooden feathers
Lora- I love Jen Collin's ceramics and Korinne Vader's clothing, small fashion in natural fabrics.
What’s one thing you hope makes it big?
Kristen- There's a take out restaurant with a couple of locations here in Toronto called Urban Herbivore, I hope they make it big and open more locations...their delicious vegan food is the best.
Lora- I hope the tiny house movement gets bigger, we need to be realistic about the future of our planet.
What's your favourite book?
Kristen- I don't have any particular favourite. I like reading biographies mostly- "dirt" by motley crue and "then again" by Dianne Keaton are up there...
Lora- The little Prince...I love books for adults that read as books for kids and vice versa. I'm a HUGE Roald Dahl fan too.
What's your favourite thing to do with your “down time”.
Kristen- Watch Netflix and eat chips, guilty pleasures
Lora- I'm a do-er, I love going for walks, and DIY-ing
If you could go to dinner with ANYBODY, alive or dead, who would it be?
Kristen- David Bowie
Lora- Bette Davis, hopefully a night of too many drinks and fabulous one liners.