VP INVESTMENT BANKING
I met Amy while photographing her and her other half, Kona, in their home for a Roots Canada Valentine's Day feature. Her seemingly effortless ability to balance two careers, fearless style, and (unfairly) photogenic appearance left me knowing my camera and I would be back again someday.
Describe what brought you to what you're doing now.
I graduated university with a Communications and Business degree and started working in Investment Banking immediately (instead of one of the creative positions I had been applying for). I took to Twitter as a creative outlet and started posting photos of my outfits with my head cut out of the pictures. I was challenged to post photos with my face visible, which I was not quite comfortable with and started a Tumblr account to test the waters. As social media got that much more social, so did the avenues of being able to meet people within fashion. Most of my connections have come through my site, Les Best, and my Instagram. I have had the opportunity to style photo shoots, model for photo shoots, creatively consult for brands and designers, and work with major publications. For me, it was my creative side that needed to be unleashed.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Everywhere. As cliché as it might sound, it started (and by it, I mean my love of putting together outfits) in middle school. I was always a tomboy, but I'd say that I was a "tomboy on point", taking cues from hip hop and rap videos, and fashion magazines. I am also inspired by other people. I remember doing an interview with Jeanne Beker and she asked me a similar question. I look to street style and I gravitate to the style of men and women who look effortless, uncontrived, and comfortable in their own skin. I am also inspired by the ladies of Advanced Style by Ari Cohen, and the women of my grandparent's generation who had a different idea of fancy and dandy, which has become a lost art.