FC Designer Spotlight: Paper People Clothing

Jennifer Fukushimaand her team spend hours sifting through vintage castoffs to find the best materials to create their eclectic palette of printed, tonal and textural fashions.Layer up and stay warm without compromising your individuality and personal style.  Paper People is sleek, stylish and feminine – you’ll never look frumpy when you put on one of our sweaters!Made from the highest quality reclaimed sweaters and eco-conscious textiles, with a little tender loving care your favourite sweater will stay looking fresh for seasons to come!  This winter we have expanded our accessories offerings to keep you feeling warm, cozy and stylish.

FALL FEATURE ITEMS:

The Maude Blazer is a repeat from last Fall/Winter. We made them late in the season (right before Xmas) so they had a very late launch but we found they did amazingly well at the One of a Kind Show so we decided to bring them back this year! The sleeves are cut long with lined cuffs so they can be rolled up – no need to hem or alter. They are professional enough to wear to the office but are also so cozy you’ll want to wear them around the house or out for a walk in the brisk autumn weather.  They look great with a tee and jeans, over a dress or paired with a pencil skirt and blouse.

The Alexandra Dress is our other “it” piece. Over the past few years we’ve become known for our body hugging sweater dresses. They’re equal parts cozy and sexy. We think that staying warm shouldn’t equal looking frumpy. This dress has princess seams that cut up the body in a flattering way and the v-neckline is trimmed with a matching velvet ribbon.  Much like the blazer, this one can be dressed up or down. Pair it with tights and boots for a cozy and casual look or throw on a fancy necklace and heels and you’re ready for a night out.

Q&A with Paper People Designer Jennifer Fukushima:

How long have you been designing/where did you get your start?
I have been designing under my current label for 11 years. I started my business making handbags and accessories when I was 17. After graduating high school, I moved to Toronto to attend Ryerson University’s fashion design program and began designing and selling clothing.
Where did you find your inspiration for this collection?

My designs are often inspired by vintage pieces, things from the past and the very materials that we reclaim.  The bottom line is that we aim to design pieces that are wearable, yet creative and inspired.

If you could dress any celebrity who would it be?

Devendra Banhart.

What is the most rewarding part about having your own line?

I love the freedom of being able to make my own choices and take my own direction with my career, plus giving other people the opportunity to share in the experience.  That and I always get a kick out of how shocked people are when they find out that I run my own clothing line and that it is carried in stores across Canada and no I don’t work from home.  I look and act younger than I am so most people assume I’m a student or a dirty hippie.

What has been the best part of your Fresh Collective journey thus far?

I love Fresh Collective because it has given me the opportunity to meet, network with, befriend, mentor and be mentored by so many like minded, creative individuals.

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