Nifty 150

We’re flush with tal­ent in the fash­ion and beauty biz, but how does Canada in­spire ev­ery­one’s work? We asked a few of our favourite style in­flu­encers to an­swer – in 150 words or less, natch.

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Gwyneth! Gisele! Kar­lie! Born in Vancouver and now based in New York City, this celebrity hairstylist boasts an A-list clien­tele. “There’s this sense of hu­mil­ity that I grew up with in Canada that just re­ally doesn’t ex­ist in Amer­ica. It’s an in­nate qual­ity – and in­ner light – that I think ev­ery­one born in Canada has, and I no­tice it im­me­di­ately when I cross the bor­der. That’s some­thing I feel very proud to have in my­self.”


The owner of Tips Nail Bar in Toronto is renowned for her must-have ma­nis. “From pop cul­ture to fash­ion to the en­vi­ron­ment, Canada in­spires me. We have so many in­cred­i­ble de­sign­ers, mu­si­cians and artists that I am lucky enough to work with and cre­ate looks for. We are strong. We cross bound­aries. We aren’t afraid to step out­side the box.”


She is se­nior vi­cepres­i­dent and fash­ion di­rec­tor for Hud­son’s Bay. “Whether I’m work­ing with the team on the fash­ion di­rec­tion for the sea­son or in the mar­ket look­ing at the lat­est designer of­fer­ings, I al­ways con­sider what is rel­e­vant to the Cana­dian con­sumer. I’m very proud to be Cana­dian.”


Kate Mid­dle­ton, So­phie Gré­goire Trudeau and Meghan Markle agree that the designer and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Sentaler knows her way around a coat. “Grow­ing up in the Cana­dian cli­mate def­i­nitely in­spired me to start de­sign­ing coats. I al­ways thought of a coat as a candy wrap­per. A lot of times, peo­ple will only see you in your coat, and I think investing in a qual­ity coat is im­por­tant.”


A driv­ing force in the beauty in­dus­try, this lead makeup artist for

May­belline New York Canada was most def­i­nitely “born with it.”

“I feel so for­tu­nate to live in a coun­try that is so di­ver­si­fied and ac­cept­ing of all back­grounds. I find in­spi­ra­tion in ev­ery­thing that is part of my daily ex­pe­ri­ence, from food and tex­tures to cloth­ing and peo­ple.”


There re­ally is a Ju­dith & Charles be­hind this Cana­dian cloth­ing la­bel: She is vi­cepres­i­dent and cre­ative di­rec­tor, and he is pres­i­dent. “We hon­our the tried and true while con­tin­u­ing to im­prove and re­fine our line. I be­lieve these val­ues re­late eas­ily to Canada.” Ju­dith Richard­son

“I am moved by the coun­try’s con­tin­ued evo­lu­tion and strong sense of com­mu­nity. It re­minds me to keep learn­ing and dis­cov­er­ing.” Charles Le Pierrès


As CEO and cre­ative di­rec­tor of her epony­mous jew­ellery line, jenny bird bal­ances sim­plic­ity with state­ment pieces. “Cana­dian women and our dra­matic sea­sonal shifts in wardrobe re­ally in­spire and in­flu­ence my work. The amount of cloth­ing we have to wear im­pacts what jew­ellery we want to wear! If I’m work­ing on fall/win­ter, I fo­cus on chunky pieces, like big cuffs and ear­rings, that will work with bulky knits and coats. If I’m de­sign­ing for spring/sum­mer, I’m very con­scious about keep­ing it light­weight and pro­vid­ing more del­i­cate, lay­ered pieces that won’t weigh my Bird girls down. When I’m show­ing off in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, I feel as though I’m rep­re­sent­ing Cana­dian women and the coun­try’s cre­ative in­dus­try – it fills me with pride.”


This CoverGirl makeup pro and hairstylist also hap­pens to be Canuck su­per­model Coco Rocha’s go-to glam squad.

“As a child and an im­mi­grant from Viet­nam, I watched my mom be­come an aes­theti­cian and em­brace Cana­dian cul­ture. I would try to mimic ev­ery­thing she did. Today, I am still in­spired by her and the many amaz­ing mul­ti­cul­tural Cana­dian women I meet on a daily ba­sis. It helps shape my mind and eyes to see beauty, and I use that to keep me fo­cused on my goals.”


She is the founder, CEO and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Zvelle, a head-turn­ing footwear la­bel that re­fuses to sac­ri­fice style, com­fort or bud­get.

“I’m a designer who is in­spired by global in­flu­ences, and there is no bet­ter place on earth for that than Canada. You can im­merse your­self in any cul­ture here. My work is all about cre­ativ­ity and, to be cre­ative, I need to feel free and in­spired. Canada gives me that and more.”


The duo co-founded Roots in 1973, and the rest is fash­ion his­tory.

“One of the best de­ci­sions I ever made was mov­ing to Canada. Its na­ture, val­ues, life­style, sports and cul­ture have al­ways been the main in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Roots.” Michael Budman

“From the out­set, Canada has in­formed ev­ery­thing we’ve done. For in­spi­ra­tion, the main source has al­ways been Al­go­nquin Park – the colours, light and tex­tures of this in­cred­i­ble, un­spoiled na­ture. In terms of de­sign­ing prod­ucts, Michael and I have al­ways used Al­go­nquin Park as the ul­ti­mate test and seal of ap­proval. If some­thing doesn’t look good and feel right in the park, we know it’s not suited to us.” b Don Green

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