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Tanya Taylor Dress (similar here), Anneke Forbes Leather Jacket, Stuart Weitzman Sandals, Chanel Handbag, Shinola Watch, Tiffany Bracelet, David Yurman Bracelet

My years in fashion design school were a constant mix between being inspired to pursue a career as a fashion designer and feeling detoured by the immense obstacles that a fashion designer faces, especially one in Canada.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to explain and champion why an independent designer cannot produce t-shirts for under $20, why someone would purchase a dress for the price it cost you to make it when they could get something for a 1/10th of the price at TOPSHOP, and why it is so hard to make a living doing something ‘so glamorous’.

So when I see someone living out their own dream, taking the plunge and triumphantly producing inspiring, quality designs, my first instinct is to support.  Such is the case with my entire ensemble in today’s post.  The dress I’m donning is Tanya Taylor, an Ontario native that is absolutely killing it down in New York.  Her garments have been seen on everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Beyonce to Michelle Obama.  I love how fresh and feminine her designs are without being fussy, and the custom print she created for her pieces this season is inspiring.  I should also mention that her entire collection is designed and produced in New York, that’s bonus points for supporting the North American work force.

Now, this fabulous leather jacket, this buttery soft, powder blue dream was designed and produced entirely by the exquisitely talented Anneke Forbes, our very own local fashion designer.  I initially met Anneke through the world of blogging, and like most of us aspiring fashion designers, she wore many hats.  Recently she’s re-launched her site, Anneke Forbes, to reflect her dedication to her designs, a place where you can shop her creations online.  This leather jacket is tailored-made to order, and the fit and attention to detail is comparable to all of the high-end designs that reside in my closet.  I can’t wait to see what Anneke comes out with next, and I promise to share it with all of you.

I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported me and my designs throughout my journey.  You have no idea how much it means and what a tremendous impact it has.  Thank you for allowing me to design, sew and create garments with these little hands of mine.  It truly is what feeds my soul.

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