I’ve been holding in this secret for a while and am so excited I can finally announce that I have been named one of the best dressed people in all of Canada! It’s such an honor to be chosen as one of 10 stylish creatives on this list. I’m listed among a Parisian-style baker, vintage connoisseur, gallery owner, fashion magazine editor, and more. I’d say I’m in pretty good company.
I never would have guessed I would end up on this list. It just goes to show that when you do what you love and work hard on your craft, people will take notice.
I’ve been sewing since I was 13 years old. I had an old Kenmore sewing machine that I believe my mother got from a garage sale. It wasn’t fancy but it was a start.
I remember being a kid and sketching out pieces from my fantasy wardrobe, daydreaming of what it might be like to have them in real life. I took an introductory sewing class at a local fabric store and from then on I was only self taught.
Then, years later I had to take some garment construction classes as part of my fashion degree and even though I struggled to meet the professor’s exceptionally high standards, I left those classes a much stronger seamstress and pattern maker.
When I was a kid I thought I wanted to be a fashion designer and even though I have since grown out of that phase, my love and appreciation for fashion is evident in the way I dress myself and the pieces that are most special to me in my wardrobe.
In the photos you see, I’m wearing some of my favorite pieces such as an oversized Ankara dress shirt which was made in Lagos during my last trip there and a pair of pleated shorts designed and sewn by me as part of my label Sororum.