Duffield Design, Stitching Sustainability into Fashion
Megan Duffield grew up in a historic rural township on the outskirts of Ottawa, ON. It was in this environment surrounded by woods near the Ottawa River that the inspiration for her future business would take root. In her youth, her need to express her individuality led her to begin designing her own clothing. Her passion for design propelled her to enrol in the three-year Fashion Design program at Fanshawe College, graduating in 2005.
Upon returning home to Ottawa Megan worked in several facets of the fashion industry. She apprenticed with designer Maria Moscatel and Master Tailor Stan Boil, a period costume specialist. It was also during this time that she met Brydie Hyndman who was the former window dresser for Holt Renfrew. Working for a local independent chain of funky clothing & gift stores, Megan apprenticed with Byrdie learning the valuable skills of fashion buying, merchandising and window dressing.
Her passion for designing her own line was becoming more compelling and in 2010 Megan applied and was accepted into a small business program. This program coupled with her experience in the fashion retail industry gave her the skills to launch her own line under the label Duffield Design in the fall of 2011. Returning to her roots in West Carleton, Megan opened up her studio in Dunrobin where she designs and manufactures her collection.
"My philosophy at Duffield Design is to create beautiful handmade clothing designed & manufactured in Canada using quality, natural & eco-textiles.
I work on a traditional fashion calendar producing two collections each year, consisting of Fall / Winter and Spring / Summer. This slow fashion approach allows me to take the time required to design and produce quality garments.
My focus is on developing timeless pieces that transcend age, essential pieces that become favourites in our everyday wardrobes.
I encourage my clients to take the capsule wardrobe approach of buying less, buying quality and only buy what you need and love.
I do my best every step of the way to ensure Duffield Design is produced with care for the people and the planet."