|Photography by Chris Moore
What made you want to become a designer?
I studied acting at the school of performing arts in Ottawa. After my first acting job I realized that I hated all the waiting around and started working in theatre set design. That lead to costume design and then to fashion.
How would you define Canadian style?
Today style is international. It’s more likely to incorporate cultural references than to define a nation.
What’s your design philosophy?
Rock and Roll meets Savile Row; Slick sharp tailoring with a dark romantic edge; The perfect with the tattered; Masculine tailoring with a difference.
How would you describe your own work?
My first foray into the industry came courtesy of my bespoke work for the elite of the music world. It’s that exclusivity thing where they get a one off piece made especially for them. Ultimately it’s clothing that enables you to feel like a star.
What qualities do you need to wear your designs?
Women who can allow their femininity come through a masculine look rule for me.
What makes your designs unique/special?
Every piece is editioned and is labeled to show which item out of how many it is.
Every one of my designs has…
An edge and allows the wearer to feel empowered from within without feeling overpowered in the outside.
What is good design and style?
Balance. It’s all about knowing how far to push and how much to hold back.
What’s this season’s must have?
An electric blue metallic leather biker jacket. There’s a matching shoe that Christian Louboutin did for the collection.
Where do you want to take your collection?
Once the core of the collection is established accessories will come. It’s just getting the manufacturing side of these items sorted first. A good idea will only be great if the items are manufactured perfectly. I’m not in a hurry to expand the scope of the collection. The first season, there were only 14 styles, and now we’re double that!
What inspires you?
I have a love of fashion history and spend a lot of time looking at work of the great designers of the past and present. Vivienne Westwood, Balenciaga, Rei Kawakubo, Martin Margiela, etc. Although it is important to understand what has gone on in fashion, it’s crucial for all designers to be true to their own vision leaving what they love in others alone.
London is also really inspiring, especially the kids on the street and out in the clubs. The girls on the street have really taken a card from the boy’s deck often emulating the boy’s style to great effect.
How would you describe yourself?
Determined, adventurous, perfectionist.
Describe what you life is like right now in one sentence
Rock & Roll!