"Make high fashion, because everyone else is just making clothes"
Everyone in fashion says that they always knew they would end up in some aspect of the industry. While that is true for myself, I have always known exactly what I wanted to do in the world of fashion. From designing a swimwear line in fourth grade, to constantly doodling croquis in art class, to playing around with textile swatches, I knew I was going to design.
I began my career studying fashion design at George Brown College in my adopted city of Toronto. During my time in school, I apprenticed at established labels and textile agencies where I learned, first-hand, the business side of fashion. Following graduation, I moved into the corporate fashion world, working as a product developer, buyer and designer until 2010, when I applied my skills, savvy and passion to the creation of my own successful label.
Six seasons later, I have amassed a dedicated following of women looking for quality fit and handmade detail. My specialties are original prints and classic silhouettes- wearable pieces with edge. Given my love of the abstract prints of the 80's and 90's, I find a way to update the great styles of the decades to a more modern and sophisticated woman.
From working mainly in silks, chiffons and cottons, I have recently expanded into textile creation, upcycling items such as vinyl records into a sequin like fabric, as well as designing wool jacquards, which I then have handwoven in California.
My collections consistently feature bold colours, blends, textures and prints, in hard-to-find and vintage fabrics. Since starting my own collection, I have done collaborations and custom pieces, and am always on the lookout to work with brands and designers, to add my signature flare to as many commodities that I see fit.
In 2016, I opened a boutique called One Imaginary Girl in my new city of Portland, OR, and I can be seen on the current season of Project Runway. Me and my work have been featured in British Vogue, The Portland Mercury, Portland Monthly, The Globe and Mail and Marie Claire.