Local fashion designer, Kim Legler is a 27 year old designer and illustrator. She was born and raised in Yellowknife and moved to Vancouver when she was 19. She came to Vancouver, BC to study fashion design at La Salle College, and ended up staying here. She took a break from working full-time to focus on her collection that she will be presenting at Vancouver Fashion Week on Saturday, March 25th at 5:15pm.
MTI: Tell us about your collection and what made you decide to share it at VFW?
My collection is inspired by the concept of dreaming, and the vivid shapes and images one may imagine whilst
daydreaming. This collection celebrates flashbacks of enjoyable moments through one’s life and is a means of connecting art through fashion. It’s an exploration of an artist and their body of work over time – some of my garments are inspired by my paintings. I was invited to showcase with VFW this year, and ceased the opportunity! It is my first time showcasing with them, and I really look forward to it!
I get a lot of inspiration from my surroundings, nature, city-life, my friends/family and music. This time I was especially inspired by my dreams, the sky, the rain, and Vancouver.
MTI: What are the biggest challenges you have faced?
The biggest challenges I have faced would be moving to the UK after I studied fashion design here in Vancouver. I had to re-establish myself over there, which was really hard since I didn’t know anyone. Then when I came back after living there for 3 years, it’s like everyone forgot about me. I had to re-introduce my line into the fashion industry in Vancouver. Now my biggest challenge is time. I’m always running out of time, it’s like there aren’t enough hours in the day. I have so many ideas, but not enough time.
MTI: Who have been the most influential people in your life?
Some of the most influential people in my life would be my parents to begin with. They really taught me the core values I need to survive in this tough world, and taught me how to be independent. My husband is also a very influential person to me as well. I’ve learned a lot from him, he is wise beyond his years. I have been blessed with great mentors along the way, such as Jamie Look, Julia Lee, and Roxanne Nikki. My pattern drafting teacher Nargas is also very influential to me, she taught me to never give up and to stay focused.
MTI: Are there any style icons that you love?
I have a local style icon… Vanessa Hong from the Haute Pursuit, I love how she pushes the envelope with her fashion style. But I’d say my favourite style icon would definitely be Kate Moss… hands down. I love how effortless and cool her style is. Also Sarah Jessica Parker – but what girl doesn’t love her!
All of my spare time goes on sewing, designing, or painting it seems! Although, I enjoy jogging, spending time in nature, going to the beach, riding my bike, and eating delicious food with my hubby.
MTI: What is your ultimate goal with your fashion career in the future?
My ultimate goal in my fashion career is to be a creative director of my own company. Have my line that is sold in a few different stores, or to have my own shop.
Best advice I can offer someone that wants to break into fashion would be, to first off make sure they are absolutely sure fashion is what they are passionate about. It’s a really tough industry so I think it’s important to ensure you are 100% sure you can handle it. If their are truly passionate about it, don’t give up! For everyone closed door, a new one opens. Definitely network, reach out to people you want to work with, and attend fashion events so people start to know who you are in the industry. As for VFW, my suggestion is to do a few local shows first so you have a cohesive collection and you have gained some experience from the smaller shows. Once you’re ready to take it to the next level, apply to be in VFW.
Catch Kim Legler and her collection at Vancouver Fashion Week this Saturday, March 25th at 5:15pm.
Photography By: Holly Ho