Sid Cratzbarg: Q&A Thursday

Sid Cratzbarg (Photo: Julie Oliver)

Ottawa fashion and fragrance specialist Sid Cratzbarg answered Ottawa Citizen Style’s many questions.

OCS: Who are your style icons?

SC: Valentino and Versace.

OCS: What’s on your bedside table?

SC: Fashion magazines, Time, Hello Canada

OCS: Best home accessory?

SC: My comfy chair in my redecorated family room.

OCS: Best recent fashion find?

SC: My unique silk-screened painted ties with fragrance bottles by Peach Berserk Co.

OCS: Whom would you invite for dinner if you could choose anyone in the world?

SC: Of course, the one and only Barbara Streisand and, if she wasn’t available, Michelle Obama.

OCS: You can see the debut of any piece of music in history. What would it be?

SC: Anything by Barbara!

OCS: What’s your earliest memory?

SC: My horrible (and I mean HORRIBLE!!) Grade 1 teacher!!

OCS: Your biggest fashion faux-pas, when, where and how?

SC: Slipping on my sandals with sport socks on while running out the door to pick up my newspaper. How bad is that?

OCS: Proudest moment?

SC: The birth of my beautiful daughter Hillary, the start of my fashion business and my success with the biggest fragrance launches in the country.

OCS: Favourite piece of furniture?

SC: The china cabinet that holds fond memories of my mother.

OCS: Qualities you most admire in a person?

SC: Integrity and a sense of humour and style.

OCS: Describe a perfect day off (it can be anywhere in the world).

SC: In Milan or Florence visiting all the Italian fashion and fragrance houses. Then meeting the great fragrance master Mr. Gilardi of Bois and Profumo di Firenze for a cappuccino.

OCS: Favourite visual artist, living or dead?

SC: Piccasso

OCS: Favourite local artist (if different from above, and doesn’t have to be a visual artist)?

SC: Katerina Mertikas

OCS: Best book you read in the past year?

SC: As a former primary specialist/consultant, all the new books by Kalli Dakos.

OCS: Favourite food?

SC: Greek and Italian, without a doubt.

OCS: Most-oft-played song on your iPod or MP3 player?

SC: This old guy plays CDs! Love all “hip” modern music and, of course, my Babs!

OCS: Wine, beer or both?

SC: Not a big drinker, but you can invite me over for a Brown Cow.

OCS: Mac or PC?


OCS: Fine dining or plain old diners?

SC: Love eating out but not fussy. As my wife says, the best meal to prepare is reservations.

OCS: Best restaurant in Ottawa?

SC: Penelope’s. Love my Greek food.

OCS: Person, place or thing that makes you proudest/happiest that you live in Ottawa?

SC: Having my family around me.

OCS: Fave blog or website?

SC: Love, and and blogs by Avah Taylor, Erica Wark to name a few.

OCS: Twitter, Facebook or both?

SC: Just getting used to Facebook.

OCS: What’s your guilty pleasure?

SC: Chocolate!

OCS: Favourite place to spend time?

SC: Visiting wonderful friends.

OCS: How would you like the world to remember you? What would your eulogist ideally say?

SC: Sid pursued all his ventures with passion!

Connect with Jennifer Campbell |Google+|