For as long as I can remember, I’ve cared very little for fashion (and yes, designing clothing for a living I am well aware of the irony). Living in Toronto with its climactic extremes, I’ve spent most of my life seeking comfort over beauty: keeping warm and dry during the long chilly winters and cool and protected during the scorching summers. But my interest always turns to fashion in the fall, my favourite season, with its cool days, beautiful transformation of trees and the resulting carpet of leaves underfoot, and more relaxing pace after trying to squeeze every drop out of our too-short summers.
Throughout my childhood our family rented cottages every August, and it was then that I developed my interest in tweed, wool, and all things Fall. My mother bought an array of August fashion magazines (the only month she bought them) and on rainy days I pored over the images of stunning models decked out in beautiful fabrics that I coveted. The rich, earthy colours and natural textures had me in a thrall.
This year I was very fortunate to find exquisite fabrics for my Fall season that put me in a similar state of joy, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to share them with you. A collection of stunning Japanese prints in a lovely natural linen/cotton blend mix beautifully with more traditional corduroy and denim. Knit dresses and tops in supersoft bamboo provide warmth without bulk, in a vibrant array of colours. This collection feels distinctly Japanese, but without any traditional references (no kimono jackets), it simply celebrates great Japanese graphic design and modern colour sensibility, with a twist of the unexpected. I hope you love it as much as I do!