From the time I was able to walk on two feet and speak, style was a concern of sometimes outsized importance for me, or so thought my bewildered Canadian family.

A Figaro Madame magazine habit notwithstanding, becoming a fashion designer was not my original career path. I had planned on becoming a divorce lawyer via a political science degree at McGill university. As it turned out, I switched programs to study Art History and my legal career fell off the map. Soon after graduating from McGill, I ran away to New York City to study fashion at Parsons School of Design, and in my senior year I went on to win the Donna Karan Gold Thimble for my senior year project, to my great surprise.

While studying at Parsons, I interned for Mary McFadden and Geoffrey Beene, and I even managed to score a gig as a dresser for a Marc Jacobs show, which at the time was intensely cool. I went on to lead a fortunate women's fashion design career on 7th avenue, working for brands such as Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Mark Eisen, Isaac Mizrahi and Kenneth Cole. Most outstanding and formative in my early career was the knowledge and experience I acquired working at Ralph, a finishing school where I earned my diploma in best practices for the apparel industry: integrity, authenticity and rigour.

After several dynamic years in the New York garment centre, I was recruited to the role of senior designer for men’s and women’s apparel at Porsche Design in Berlin. This quiet industrial design brand based in central Europe sought to transform itself into an icon of German luxury. The creative community in Berlin had also evolved into cultural force to be reckoned with, so I was convinced that the timing for this new project at Porsche could not have been better.

When I joined the firm, even if Porsche Design was a well established product brand, the fashion division itself was a startup, and needed to be built from the ground up. With a view from the Hauptbahnof offices, our small team moved a mountain or two.

Defying the many skeptics who believed the brand could not sustain a viable luxury apparel brand, PorscheDesign went on to present critically acclaimed fashion shows at the New York and Berlin Fashion weeks. We collaborated with prominent talents in the industry, such as the photographer Peter Lindbergh, as well as the stylists Carine Roitfeld, Ada kokosar and Tom Van Dorpe. Porsche Design fashion merchandise was also featured in German Vogue, Italian Vogue, German Elle, Interview Magazine, V Magazine to name a few. Porsche Design has been worn by both European and American actors and celebrities. In my time at Porsche, I was also promoted to the role of Creative Director for Fashion.

With my ears to the ground and an open spirit I cast my gaze to the future.

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