FineLifestyles Halifax Spring 2013

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IN HALILAND Going Behind the Seams



’m in a buzzing room filled with international business people, CEOs, executives and budding entrepreneurs. A well-dressed man joins our circle and asks me, “So, what do you do?” “I work in the Atlantic Canadian fashion industry, and I’m based in Halifax, Nova Scotia,” I reply. His reaction of surprise and intrigue gives me another opportunity to educate somebody new about our hidden gem: Atlantic Canada’s budding fashion industry. Since falling in love with this industry almost 25 years ago, my journey has shaped my perspective about the fashion industry. Starting as a runway model helped me to develop into a fashion designer. Along the way, I gained an appreciation and understanding for fashion. I learned that it is not about the clothing we create or put on every day—it’s an attitude, a movement and a cultural experience. My passion for the industry led me to become the owner of Atlantic Canada’s leading model and talent agency—City Models—and the director of Atlantic Fashion Week.

Photo Brent McCombes/Alter Ego Photography

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