Store owner Julian Finkel announced the news in a lengthy Instagram post two days ago, and he wrote that he was saddened to report the closure but also felt "just a tinge of relief."
"I've had the most joyous 15 year run where I've had the pleasure and honour of meeting the most incredible Canadian designers, a cast of stellar employees and the most interesting and dedicated customers any shop could ever imagine," Finkel wrote in the post.
"I am thankful for loyalty and patronage, for the vision and determination and for the beauty and the opportunity that have been afforded me as a leading retailer of excellent Canadian fashion."
It is with a bit of sadness (and just a tinge of relief) that I announce that today we closed up Shop at Model Citizen Toronto. I’ve had the most joyous 15 year run where I’ve had the pleasure and honour of meeting the most incredible Canadian designers, a cast of stellar employees and the most interesting and dedicated customers any Shop could ever imagine. I am thankful for loyalty and patronage, for the vision and determination and for the beauty and the opportunity that have been afforded me as a leading retailer of excellent Canadian fashion. I am proud to have been a part of the Kensington Market community for the past 13 years, as it is my second home (I plan on having tacos at @eltrompo tomorrow!). I will be revamping our online store and continuing sales through Instagram, as well as accepting t-shirt printing orders. Once again, a heartfelt thanks to anyone who has ever appreciated the work we presented in our lovely Shop over the years. It was truly my honour to open this door every day. Today I lock it for the final time. Adios! #modelcitizentoronto #overandout #closingday #fuckcovid19 #thankyou #toronto Photo by @andrew.owen.a01
Thankfully, this isn't the end of the road for the Model Citizen brand, which was originally located on Dundas West. Finkel wrote that he plans to revamp the shop's online store, and also continue to sell products through Instagram.
He said they'll also continue accepting T-shirt printing orders.
In the post, Finkel gave a special shoutout to the Kensington Market neighbourhood which he said has become his "second home," and he said he planned to have tacos at neighbouring restaurant El Trompo the day after closing.
Meanwhile, many of the store's former customers expressed their disappointment in the comments section.
"You will be missed! Know that you will forever be known as a pioneering institution in the 'market'. Have a good rest," one loyal patron wrote.
"Kensington will not be the same without Model Citizen," wrote another.
by Mira Miller via blogTO