I design and create items made from quality upcycled & natural textiles, namely canvas and leather. I'm currently diverting 14 pallets of antique & vintage Canadian military surplus from landfill by transforming these utility pieces into beautifully crafted, durable objects.
I started upcycling material into bags because my true love is luxury leather accessories - namely vintage designer bags. I've had a love for the craftsmanship + design of handbags since I was young. I love restoration projects because every bag I work on furthers my knowledge of leatherworking techniques and construction. It's an honour to work on beautiful bags created by other artisans and to give well-loved pieces a second life.
The Grey Studio + Spa is located in Calgary, Alberta
where I source, design, pattern, repair & sew everything myself.
LUXURY LEATHER GOODS EXPERIENCE
CONSULTANT : AUTHENTICATION + APPRAISAL
Small Auction House
Luxury Consignment Store
Hermès, Chanel, LV, Dior, Gucci, etc.
THE GREY SPA : REPAIR + CONDITIONING
Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Balenciaga, etc
HBA : Cultural Anthropology + Sociology
University of Toronto 
FASHION + SUSTAINABILITY : Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World
London College of Fashion, supported by The Kering Group.
UNDERSTANDING FASHION: From Business to Culture
Institut Francais de la Mode.
Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime
University of Glasgow
Innovation: the Fashion Industry
University of Leeds
REAL AUTHENTICATION : Chanel Course
CHRISTIE'S NEW YORK : Hermès 101 + Auction Preview
Studying Fashion + Handbags : 20+ years.
Thrifting & Altering Secondhand Clothing : 15+ years.