Fashion designer, Julia Thompson, of Toronto, grew up in a very athletic family. When it came to following her dreams, Julia’s desires didn’t involve soccer uniforms and after-school practice. Leading her own path, Julia started sewing and designing clothes 5 years ago, inspired by Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Coco Chanel, and Marc Jacobs. This month, she presented her first official launch of her line, Sew Be It Girl, a feminine line of dresses, skirts and shorts at The Camera Bar on Queen Street, Toronto. We had a chat with Julia about her aspirations with Sew Be It Girl and where she hopes her design talents will take her.
Q. We feel that every designer puts a bit of themselves into their work. Do you believe that to be true?
A. I one hundred percent agree with that statement; a lot of my line is inspired from my childhood and youth. The line is more girlie and that resembles my own style and personality.
Q. You are a young designer. Where did you find the confidence to create a line at such a young age?
A. I have so much determination to succeed to the fullest I can and people that are younger and successful in the fashion industry inspire me to achieve great things as well.
Q. As you grow as a designer, what new things are you learning about yourself that you didn’t know before?
A. I am learning a lot about my independence skills as I always struggled growing up with my independence creating this fashion line has allowed me to learn that when I want something I do it by myself!
Q. What do you hope to do in the future with your design talents?
Have one of my fashion lines in Toronto fashion week before I turn 18 (far fetched goal), attend the university Parsons in New York City, and hopefully move on to create a much bigger fashion line and have it sold all around North America.
Q. What are your greatest inspirations?
Young successful people like Tavi Gevinson, Petra Collins, Adrian Wu, and my grandmother Pat who loved to create things from dresses to crazy projects. She always wanted to make stuff. All these people give me confidence and strength to move forward and keep on pushing myself to succeed.