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Hamil­ton de­signer hop­ing to ex­pand her cloth­ing line to in­clude cus­tom tights

The Hamilton Spectator - - GO - SHERYL NADLER Tutu

Five years ago, Am­ber Wynne was ad­mir­ing a tutu that her mom made for her new­born niece, when an idea struck: she would wear a floor­length tutu to an up­com­ing New Year’s EveDead­mau5 show in Ni­a­gara Falls.

All she had to do was learn how to make one. So she asked her mom, a for­mer seam­stress who had made all of Wynne’s com­pet­i­tive fig­ure skat­ing out­fits back in the day, to teach her.

Soon a floor-length tutu in pink, black and white was born. And not long after, a new ca­reer path for Wynne, who also works as an OHIP spe­cial­ist for pt Health phys­io­ther­apy clin­ics.

“Ev­ery­body kind of made fun of me. That is what I wanted to wear and I went to the event, wore it, and people started ask­ing me where I got it,” re­calls Wynne, 31, who now owns a thriv­ing cus­tom tutu busi­ness called Tu­tus by Am­ber, which in­cludes head­pieces, wine glasses out­fit­ted with tiny tu­tus, and soon, tights. “And I said, well, I made it.”

Pho­tos from the Dead­mau5 show were posted to so­cial me­dia and she was in­un­dated with re­quests for cus­tom tu­tus for kids, adults, pets.

“People were like, ‘I’m go­ing to a foot­ball game. Can you make me a Pa­tri­ots tutu?’” says Wynne, a house mu­sic fa­natic who is her own walk­ing ad­ver­tise­ment at raves and mu­sic events. “And then it was, ‘Can you make my daugh­ter a tutu?’ Oh, OK. And then I started mak­ing more for my­self when I was go­ing to dif­fer­ent events and then it spi­ralled.”

Bridal and bach­e­lorette par­ties are big right now, says Wynne, who will fre­quently out­fit an en­tire wed­ding party in tiers of tulle. And de­spite the fact that she will as­sem­ble any com­bi­na­tion of colours, pink re­mains the most pop­u­lar. And pets? “Dog tu­tus are huge here,” says Wynne, who counts many fash­ion for­ward pets in the United King­dom as clients. “Dog tu­tus are more pop­u­lar than cat tu­tus.”

Wynne de­scribes her own style as colour­ful, out­go­ing, bright and will of­ten wear her own tulle de­signs when out and about with friends. In fact, she wore the Princess Peach tutu she has paired here with a flo­ral tank, nude bike shorts and vin­tage mint green pumps, to her Su­per Mario-themed birth­day party last year. She boasts be­tween 30 and 40 pairs of tights and is hop­ing to ex­pand her line to in­clude cus­tom tights.

“The main fo­cus right now is to get a tights line out there,” she says. “Get those dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als, some­thing that you’re not go­ing to find in store, some­thing that is cus­tom made and be able to put a tutu with it, too. But the goal is to get tights out there and to con­tinue to ex­pand in dif­fer­ent ways with the tu­tus.” Most eye-catch­ing piece: I have three: the pea­cock tights my mother and I made to­gether, neon tie-dye tights … and I have a neon sum­mer dress that is a stand­out. It’s just spaghetti straps, it’s straight cut along the ch­est. It’s short and flares out. And it’s just neon pink. Quirki­est wardrobe item: Ei­ther my uni­corn one­sie that is

three times too big on me but I had to have it be­cause I love uni­corns, or my bright pink snow­suit. (The uni­corn one­sie is) plush, it’s got the uni­corn hood on it; it has a big uni­corn tail on it. It’s like fleece py­ja­mas but it’s three times too big and has the big zip­per down the front. I love sit­ting in it in the win­ter.

My pink snow­suit that I just got last win­ter is a match­ing jacket and snow pants that are pink and flo­ral. Wardrobe must-have: Tights … I do have my black stan­dard pair, I have my bur­gundy, I have my grey, but they have to be my flashy tights. If they’re not ones that I’ve made, they’re likely Lu­l­ule­mon. Be­cause they al­ways have re­ally neat prints in the Lu­l­ule­mon tights, too. And I can also wear kids (sizes) in Lu­l­ule­mon. Best pur­chase: My leather jacket … I was wear­ing my pea­cock tights, wear­ing my True Hamil­to­nian, Hamil­ton is Home shirt. I was go­ing to the (True Hamil­to­nian) spring launch party and I needed some­thing to com­plete that out­fit. I had an hour, went out, bought a leather jacket and I am ob­sessed with it.

I bought it at a store in Jack­son Square and it’s just a black leather jacket … it’s got a cou­ple of zip­pers on the arms in the front. It’s per­fect … I like jack­ets but I don’t wear them all that of­ten. I pre­fer wear­ing sweaters. So when I found this jacket and wore it out that night, I felt so pos­i­tive and bad-ass, al­most. And you can’t get me out of it now. Re­grets buy­ing: I don’t re­gret buy­ing any­thing. I don’t buy some­thing un­less I ab­so­lutely love it and I have to have it. Loves to shop at: Ev­ery­where … be­cause I do bus ev­ery­where I get to walk ev­ery­where … so I love win­dow shop­ping and if some­thing catches my eye I will go into that store. So for me it’s not any­where spe­cific, un­less I’m mak­ing my stuff. I love to shop at Ann’s Fab­ric Shop (on Up­per James). Rid­ding her closet of: Shoes and clothes that I just don’t wear. Be­cause I own prob­a­bly over 100 pairs of shoes. And I don’t need them all. Splurges on: Shoes, clutches and sun­glasses. Ev­ery­body gets the shoes thing. Clutches for me, I love my Coach and my Guess clutches be­cause when I’m go­ing out to these events, I don’t want a big purse on me. I want a small purse on me. And I love the ones that can catch my eye and I al­ways love to be able to match a bag with my out­fit … same as my sun­glasses. I love match­ing my sun­glasses to out­fits. When I was de­sign­ing my rave out­fits con­sis­tently, it in­cluded hav­ing a match­ing pair of sun­glasses.

Beauty prod­uct she can’t live with­out:

Lip­stick. No par­tic­u­lar brand. The brighter, the bet­ter. I love red lip­stick and it’s only been the past few years that I’ve got­ten into wear­ing the red lip­stick or a bright pink.

PHO­TOS BY SHERYL NADLER, SPE­CIAL TO THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

“There’s al­ways typ­i­cally one thing that’s the fo­cus of my out­fit,” tutu de­signer Am­ber Wynne says of how she likes to put to­gether an out­fit. In this case, her Princess Peach tutu stands out against a flo­ral tank from Ar­dene and a pair of mint green vin­tage pumps.

PHO­TOS BY SHERYL NADLER, SPE­CIAL TO THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

When she started her de­sign busi­ness, kids’ tu­tus were more in de­mand than those for adults, says Am­ber Wynne. “It def­i­nitely took a turn for more the adult side — bach­e­lorette par­ties and bridal par­ties, stag and does or all the brides­maids in the stag and doe.”

“It gives me a cre­ative out­let, it gives me some­where to go after a rough day at work or a rough day in the of­fice or just to es­cape,” says Wynne, who also de­signs head­pieces and flower hair pins like the one she wears here.

Shoes are a weak­ness for Wynne, who found these mint green pumps at a vin­tage garage sale down­town.

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