The two name-check big, bold fashion influences (Bianca Jagger, Grace Jones, Patti Smith and Buff y, of the vampire slayage) and shout out Torontobased designer Hayley Elsaesser for her “bossy” aesthetic. “It’s never been about brands and trends, though,” says Jay. “Fashion has helped me fi nd agency regardless of how much money I’ve had. It’s about creation and individual expression. It’s about me.”— Jillian Vieira. Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani
Gillian Mapp (left) and Meredith Jay wear the pants ( by Toronto designers Hayley Elsaesser and Michons Marigot, respectively) in Kensington Market.