Illustration by Ayalah Hutchins.
What inspires you?
“For illustration: gorgeous human beings, beautiful clothes, a sense of confidence and poise. For writing and thinking: provocative ideas, stories of successes and failures, revealing humanity, broad trends and minute details.”
Which literary hero do you most identify with?
“Lillian Hellman, specifically in her memoirs, and especially in Pentimento. She’s not fictional, but I can’t think of another character who I’ve identified with so closely, and at so many different stages in my life. I look forward to re-reading that book over and over and over again.”
Who is your favourite person (other than a designer) in the fashion world?
“I have never met her in person. Kathleen Fasanella, author and patternmaker, who runs the website Fashion-Incubator has been a huge source of knowledge, encouragement and provocation not only to me, but to many fashion designers and entrepreneurs all over North America.”
Do you have a favourite fashion memory?
“There are certain moments where I managed to deliver in tough situations with an almost arrogant sense of confidence—competitive and hyperactive—which I hold in my memory as what I can accomplish when I manage to forget to be insecure. In one case, I was in a room at a major Canadian brand with two other job applicants. We had just a few hours to sketch, swatch, and create presentations to the owners of the company and the design departments. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and my hands just flew—everything came together exactly as I imagined it and I felt wonderful through the entire stressful situation. I wish I could see those presentation boards now.”
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
“I don’t own a mobile phone.”