Style Profile: Rae Spoon, Montréal

By Luke & Sarah from “Kookie of London”

On an auspicious day in April of 2007, a few hours after I first told my dad that I was transgender, I arrived at a London pub to hear Rae Spoon play music. I became, that night, a fan for life of Rae’s natural stage presence & humour, their unexpectedly versatile voice and their brilliant songsmithing. In March of this year Rae was back in London at BFI Flare (formerly the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival) to attend the post-Sundance, European premiere of My Prairie Home, a brilliantly engaging documentary/musical about Rae’s journeys across Canada, across gender lines, across musical genres and away from home. Rae stopped by the Kookie Cabin in Shoreditch to catch up over tea & sandwiches and we took a few photos of their current casual touring style.

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Where did you grow up & where do you live now?
I grew up in Calgary and I now live in Montréal.

How do you think your friends would define your style?
"Grunge prep," according to my friend Nazmia Jamal.

What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe?
My new black bomber jacket.

What’s your biggest style challenge?
Compared to most men's styles, I have pretty short legs, so that can be a challenge. I usually roam between the men’s and women's departments in stores and cobble together the most gender ambiguous outfit that I can.

Which literary figures do you most admire?
I like writers who can capture my attention while still experimenting with style or form. I just finished Carnival by Rawi Hage and I really liked it.

Who’s your style icon?
Big Edie from Grey Gardens and Angela Lansbury.

Look 1: Cardigan & Silver shoes
Cardigan: Club Monaco
Patterned shirt: Zanarobe
Black jeans: Topman*
Blue socks: Topman*
Shoes: John Fluevog

Look 2: Baseball jacket and purple trousers
Black Baseball: American Apparel [see disclaimer]
Purple trousers: Zanarobe
Shoes: Dr. Martens

Kookie of London gathers and sells hand-selected, pre-owned & vintage items as well as those they’ve upcycled & crafted at their studio in Shoreditch East London. Visit them at

*Topman is sponsoring Qwear. Read about their sponsorship here.