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This artist is making a big name for himself from a tiny Toronto apartment

Squeeze inside the Queen West studio where Mathieu Arsenault makes everything for his fashion line, Leo Current.

Squeeze inside the Queen West studio where Mathieu Arsenault makes everything for fashion line, Leo Current

This artist is making a big name for himself from a tiny Toronto apartment

5 years ago
Duration 1:11
Squeeze inside the Queen West studio where Mathieu Arsenault makes everything for fashion line, Leo Current.

Theophilus London, Lil Uzi Vert, Roy Woods — they all have one: a jean jacket by Mathieu Arsenault. The fashion designer runs his apparel brand, Leo Current, out of his small Queen West apartment, with clothing racks stacked up against pots of paint and old sneaker boxes. It's the spot where he creates every item for the fashion line, and that's where you'll go in this episode of The Places We Make Art, directed by Dean Rosen.

"My workspace is quite small, quite cramped, but that's how I like it," Arsenault says in the clip as he gets down to designing a new denim piece.

Hand-painted jackets, splashed with colour and hand-written script, are signatures of his brand, and he'll be unveiling his latest collection Thursday, Oct. 5 at a viewing event in Toronto. Find the event info on Facebook, and check out some of his past work on Instagram

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The Places We Make Art is a CBC Arts web series about just that. Profiling Toronto artists from a multitude of disciplines, step into their creative lives by exploring the unexpected spaces that inspire them the most.

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