My crazy love of fashion started back as far as I can remember. I spent many days ripping up pieces of fabric only to sew them up again with a single needle and thread.
My idea of a fun day was to go to local fabric stores and spend hours looking at pattern books and dreaming of the possibilities… I still chuckle to myself when I think of the times I dragged my friends with me thinking they would have the same passion…
At the age of 29 I enrolled in UFV for Fashion Design and spent the next 3 years working and creating. Upon graduation I applied for 70 different jobs in the “rag trade” and had a couple of calls but nothing that would give me the experience I was interested in. I took a job as a bartender and started planning towards opening my own store.
In 1995 Uncommon Thredz was born in Clayburn Village. I think back to my first collections and have to laugh – they were a little outrageous. In time my customers brought me down to earth. The first year I managed to design, manufacture and run the store myself. When I found myself getting behind after the first year I hired my first employee and soon enough I had outgrown my little store in Clayburn and moved to Mission.
I grew my business into far more than my own creations and eventually brought in clothing designed to fit, flatter and inspire women of all beautiful shapes and sizes.
I have since retired from my design career and now focus on bringing in the exceptional, funky clothes that everyone has become to know and love.
It has been over 10 years since I packed everything up and made the move to Penticton to open Mi Amor Clothing Boutique. A place that you all have grown to know and love.
I have met so many wonderful customers that I can happily say that we have become wonderful friends.