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Despite of being an award-winning dancer and having worked with some big names like Rihanna, Drake, and Backstreet Boys, when it comes to accepting her own achievements, Esie Mensah has come a long way. Throughout her career years, Esie has been constantly exploring internally as an artist. And by doing that, her voice has been getting stronger and…
 
Someone once said, "a rich life experience is what makes a good writer great." As it may not be true for many, it's certainly the case for Harriet Alida Lye. Just at 15 years old, Harriet was diagnosed with a form of Leukaemia called Natural Killer that the average survival time of patients is fifty-eight days. Another chilling fact: Harriet is the…
 
Just like the company she co-created, Nicole Campbell is whimsical, humorous, witty, and fun. Through Grape Witches, she intents to make nature wine approachable and available. They have a monthly nature wine delivery service, they host the most desirable and whimsical art parties, they consult at private events, like birthdays and wedding receptio…
 
My conversation with Zai Rajkotwala , owner of two of the most beloved shops in Toronto, Easy Tiger and Ease, exchanged in the cutest, tiniest house in the west end. Her home is an extension of her shops- full of quirky, hand-made, colourful objects. The things she has been collecting, the things she adores, and the things that touch the deepest pa…
 
It's quite difficult to define what Deborah Wang actually does. To introduce her as one, two, or even three professional titles would neglect her ability of spreading her wings further. She completed a Master of Architecture in University of Waterloo and Master of Fine Arts at OCAD; worked as a senior designer at Toronto's Architecture and Design f…
 
Virginia Johnson is a Toronto-based textile designer, painter, illustrator, and is also the author of Travels Through the French Riviera, a beautiful coffee table book marrying dreamy watercolour illustrations with practical travel guides. Her clothing line has been picked up by major retailers like Barneys, Anthropologie, Holt Renfrew and her illu…
 
As soon as you enter Rachel Hale's apartment in Bloordale village, you can immediately sense a mix of slowness and vibrancy, just like herself. Rachel is a multi-faceted creative with an extensively diverse background. Her winding path has led her to where she is now - working as a community manager, creative producer and TV host, however, Rachel i…
 
The first time I met Arden Wray was at another Dear Seeker Claudia Dey's book launch in the Gladstone Hotel. Although our exchange that night was brief, I had a strong drive to reach out to have a deeper conversation with her I knew OF Arden before that first encounter. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Arden's work, she is a Toronto-based P…
 
Moss & Lam is one of Toronto's most cherished art studios. Their artworks are so far reaching that there is a good chance you've encountered their work, even if you don't realize it. From Milan to Hong Kong, from New York to Toronto, Moss & Lam is known for creating massive, whimsical interior pieces and installations marrying art and architecture …
 
You may not be familiar with Carley Fortune if you’re not in the publishing world, but you most likely have heard of all the publications she has played an important role in. Carley started as an intern at Toronto Life and raised her hand when they needed an Associate Online Editor. Then, she joined The Grid as one of the founding members to launch…
 
Carefully tracking down local dear seekers has been such a pleasure since the launch of this project. When discovered an intriguing woman in the city, I’m always like a little kid in a candy store. On a rare occasion, someone would introduce me to a potential guest who they think might be a great fit, but in today’s case, it was a husband who DM me…
 
It seems that we are living in a time when floral design is having its renaissance. A group of florists around the world is not afraid to push boundaries and is literally flourishing on Instagram. One of our very own, Lauren Sellen, creative mind behind Coyote Flowers, is amongst this new wave. She not only has worked with cult-following brands lik…
 
From small town Elora to Toronto to the world, from selling her jewellery on her kitchen table to now over 500 retail stores internationally, from having fertility challenges to now mother to two, Jenny Bird is one of those women who made something out of nothing- through her strength to persevere over and over again and through her power of manife…
 
On a super snowy day, I carried my recording equipment to the Junction with an extremely excited heart. I've been to Mjölk many times as a customer, but have only been able to admire owner Juli and John's astonishing home from a distance. Located right above the shop, their home has been featured in publications like the Kinfolk Home, Azure. In 200…
 
Tracy Wan has a way with words and has a nose for scents. This Toronto-based writer followed her parents' wish by going to Architecture school but then followed her own heart by dropping out. It doesn't take long to realize Tracy's spectacular ability to articulate words, thoughts and feelings. Using this superpower of hers, Tracy managed to write …
 
10 years ago when green beauty was not really a thing, natural beauty products just started to surface, and luxury handmade beauty lines were nowhere to be found, Fran was experimenting in her basement with ingredients from health food stores - Not for anyone else, but to combat with her own skin problems. A few years later when she was bouncing ba…
 
There are some women that just stand out from the crowd and attract your attention like a big magnet. That was Beth Nicholson Crago when I first met her at an event. I approached Beth and shamelessly asked: "What's your story?" Turns out, she is one of the two amazing ladies behind the best-kept-secret- Opelle, a luxury handbag brand that is design…
 
Born in Massachusetts, raised shortly in Toronto and Ottawa, and then grew up in Hong Kong, this neuroscience graduate has been stretching her interests and experiences far and wide over plenty of cities and multiple industries. After working as an event producer/promoter in Shanghai, Nancy came back to Toronto and co-founded Mansion- a music promo…
 
The first time I met Daniela Bosco was at an instalment hosted by Ewanika- one of the most elegant boutiques in Toronto, to celebrate Daniela as an extraordinary woman who has inspired the shop owner Trish. During the night, we exchanged thoughts on what it means to be a modern woman and what it means to be a woman in the modern world - yes, these …
 
Mahro is the type of woman who is shy and quite but once you get to know her, her world is like a "Russian Doll" that has layers under layers. In December 2012, at the age of 22, Mahro bravely signed a retail lease of one of the most prime locations on Queen st. West. Nearly 6 years later, her shop Mama Loves You has not only become a must-visit at…
 
The name "Amber Joliat " and "Misfit Studio" seemed to surface overnight just a couple of years ago and since then, it's been producing a consistently concise yet compelling response: "She is amazing!" and "You HAVE TO try her classes!" I have to admit, first, I wasn't convinced. Who is Amber that Toronto seems to be so obsessed with? What is so ma…
 
I had long heard about Claudia Dey, one of the two best dressed Torontonians, with the other being her best friend Heidi Sopinka. But it wasn't until I started doing my homework for this interview and met Claudia in her beautiful and charismatic home that I came to realize that Claudia is truly an interestingly oppositional woman. She is gentle yet…
 
Caila Stangl is the cofounder and soul of Public Office, a creative and production studio based in Toronto. At a time when nothing in sight was visually thrilling, PO caught my attention. I visited their beautiful studio in the Artscape Youngplace building on a sunny day and had a pleasant conversation with Caila and Lindsay (the other cofounder). …
 
With no job, no plan and no place to live, Lisa Mok packed up her car and drove from Ottawa to Toronto to pursuit something that she wasn't sure of at the time. Now. Being the Global Creative Director of Canada Goose and having plenty of awards under her belt, Lisa has proved her success to her traditional Chinese parents. However, she could care l…
 
Today's guest is Sydney Allen-Ash. She goes by Syd. Studied Fashion Management at Ryerson university, Syd has not only nurtured a passion for local and independent designs, but has also developed an understanding of people and culture through clothing. Prior to working as a Digital/Brand Strategist at Virtue - an advertising agency under VICE, Syd …
 
One thing I've learnt from all the women I've interviewed so far is that as women, we don't have to live a life that is prescribed to us by anyone- the society, our parents, or even ourselves. Today's guest Odessa Paloma Parker is definitely one of the women who has been fully embracing her weirdness and celebrating who she truly is. Being the Fash…
 
You may have seen Tonya Papanikolov occasionally modelling for independent brands. Her outside beauty is undeniable, but what makes her even more loveable is her strong ties to nutrition, nature, and holistic beauty. Being the brain and facilitator behind her community The Well Woman, Tonya hopes to inspire and encourage modern women to take a slow…
 
Today's guest is Amanda Shirreffs, a stylist based in Toronto. She is a gem that Toronto is so lucky to have. Although Amanda's super glamorous client list includes the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Dazed Digital, Fashion Film Festival, Vougue.com and so many more, how she got introduced to the styling world was actually a beautiful accident. Duri…
 
Alicia K. Harris is a Toronto-based filmmaker, set designer. She sets out to make films that educate and empower others, especially youth. With the desire to tell good stories, she isn't afraid to revisit those dark and most painful memories of her own. During our chat, she opens up about her experience as a rape victim, and what helped her to reco…
 
This week's conversation is between Emily Ramshaw and I...(oh and a second guest). When first I set out to interview Emily, I had a pretty decent sense of what we would be chatting about: Like how she landed her first real job as the Assistant Fashion News Editor for Flare Magazine at the age of 22, her glamorous life as the Senior Editor for the C…
 
With her discerning eyes, curious heart and playful soul, Danielle Suppa, owner of Souvenior Studio, has cultivated a special space for local and international artisans, designers and makers. After working for big retailers for years, Danielle discovered an opportunity in the local pop-up scene, and felt the desire to tap into something she could c…
 
Through her own independent publishing company Without Pretend, Erin has not only created a platform for emerging female-identified writers and visual artists, but also has nurtured a safe space for women to express their feelings and in touch with their intuition. Her new book Happy If you Know It tackles the question of "what does it mean to trus…
 
From a bush cook in the Yukon to a helicopter pilot; from a travel magazine editor in Singapore to an architecture publication editor in Toronto; from an environmental columnist at the Globe to the co-founder/designer of a cult following fashion label- Horses Atelier, Heidi Sopinka has lived a life full of surprises and detours but leading to the r…
 
Randi Bergman is a Toronto-based freelance writer, editor currently contributing to a wide range of publications and magazines, such as The Globe, The Cut, Vogue.com, The kit. Just to name a few. Prior to her freelance career, Randi was the Executive Digital Editor at FASHION Canada. Recently, Randi has taken on a new role as a podcaster and is sha…
 
It all started with a small problem: Couldn't find high quality, well fitting tees that are affordable. So Mackenzie decided to leave a well respected job in a branding studio in New York and moved back to her parents basement in Toronto to start the fashion label KOTN with her two best friends (one later became her husband). She has not only artfu…
 
Alyssa Bertram is the founder of EASY period. Her curiosity and background in research has led her to discover a blind spot in the market for women's hygiene products. Besides being a Boss Lady, Alyssa is also an artist at heart. She never thought she could turn her passion of "connecting and helping women" into a business, but not only has she don…
 
Welcome to the first EVER episode of Dear Seekers.Stefanie Ayoub is a Toronto-based fashion designer/illustrator who have worked at power houses like Phillip Lim, Greta Constantine, and had her illustrations published in a variety of notable publications. She shared how she fell in and out of love with fashion, and how her soul-searching phase has …
 
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