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
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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

FORMAL EDUCATION

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HBA : Cultural Anthropology + Sociology
University of Toronto [2011]


INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

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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

ENTRUPY TRAINED

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Reading Vogue : 20+ years.
 

Thrifting & Altering Secondhand Clothing : 15+ years.

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