Bhreigh, that name (my name) that easily rolls off your tongue but is almost impossible to spell. In rural Nova Scotia, I was born into a Gaelic family of six children. It was common knowledge where I grew up that I would eventually need to leave my island for greener pastures. Twenty three years later, a mountain of dreams and hard work, I graduated from our local university with a BBA. Almost immediately, I booked a flight to Toronto to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Leaving my life in the country was necessary if I wanted to work in fashion, and I was ready to leave. I wanted to work either as a fashion buyer or in advertising, but I was open to one of those undiscovered jobs that could lead me in one of those directions (a wardrobe stylist for example, that looks like so much fun!).
After some heavy networking, I began working with Luevo in Spring 2013 to satisfy my need for expression and fashion. Before that, I was working with luxury handbags, which did not quench my thirst for all things design. Around the same time I started with Luevo, I began interning at an advertising agency, which eventually lead to full time working with a fashion brand. All of my small town dreams finally pieced together.
Now that I’m becoming more established here in Toronto, I’m finding myself lusting after feminine pieces that are simple, chic and even somewhat androgynous. If you see me walking around Toronto, I’m the girl who is maybe a little too tall to be sporting such high heels. I’m likely in my favourite oversized light grey trapeze coat and wearing my favourite espresso satchel. I’d like to say my style is feminine without looking overtly girly and simple without being bland and boring. My next pieces to my collection will be more independent, structured and interesting than the things I have right now. I would like to own a higher quality black flat, leather duffle bag, higher quality bangles and another pair of fashionable fun, boots.
I’ve lived in Toronto for just over one year, and it’s been a dream. Definitely lots of ups and downs, but I can finally call this place my home. I have an endless supply of fashion to lust over, places to wear fun pieces and opportunities to help change the face of Canadian fashion.
Article written by guest fashion blogger Bhreigh Gillis. You can follow her on twitter @Bhreigh.