Sarah Kawasaki from Fort Kids is operating a business and a family that’s a truly symbiotic relationship. Her studio is just a 5-minute walk from her home and from her work window she can spot her children playing in their school yard. Her business partner is her husband and together they dreamed up the idea of launching design-savvy, locally-made, cool kids clothing. Enviably, they’re pursuing the collective goal of making work and play one in the same.
Sue Henderson started her jewelry collection, Suetables, as a part-time hobby .Then her divorce forced her to re-think her casual business plan. Instead of going back to her former life as a PR director for media channels like HGTV and the Food Network, she brought her hand-stamped designs to full-time speed for herself, her kids and her evolving fan base. Here’s how she did it.
Charlotte Jenkins is a buyer for Toronto retailer Gotstyle and she strategically organizes her wardrobe so she can get dressed with less stress. “Everything in my closet I can wear right now. This means doing a seasonal flip four times a year, but that’s worth knowing that every morning I can get dressed in minutes.” We asked her to show us what she wears for work, play and weekend.
Diane Bald nurtured the Roots brand for over 40 years with her husband, Michael Budman, and their business partners and best friends, Don and Denyse Green. Last year the company sold a majority stake and now she’s thinking about what’s next. She has something up her sleeve (however she’s staying mum about it) but what she is willing to talk about are the lessons she’s learned as a working mom who helped build a success story while bringing up her children.
Newly separated soon after giving birth, Alicia McNamara was forced to adapt to a fresh reality quickly. “All of a sudden I was single and I was eager to reinvent myself and find a career that fit,” she says. Today she’s the on-set stylist for ET Canada where she feels at home and happy to be juggling motherhood and work at once.
A little over a year ago, Micah Cameron was the women’s wear fashion director for a major department store, then she made the bold decision to recharge her career while she was pregnant. Today we’re at her mews-style home with her son Marlon Wolf and catching up about her other love child, Frankie’s Surf Club, a lifestyle and online shop that’s just a few months older than her babe.
Roxana Esmailji paid her dues before breaking out on her own two years ago and launching Barcelona Shoe Company (and her shoes have already made well-heeled appearances on Cityline and on our own happy feet during our recent trip to Mexico). However, a nagging feeling to be more creative and a longtime vision of having her own company finally usurped her life of uncomfortable high heels and a corporate salary that was fuelling her bank account but not her dream.
“After I went through my divorce, I fell in love with my kitchen again,” says Anastasia Bogner. “I started going to farmer’s markets and really started taking an interest in what I’m putting in my body. When you’re a mom, you have to look after yourself and when I became a single mom, I became even more mindful of being healthy and full of energy for my daughter.” Here’s how she’s making clean eating an every day joy.
Every week we bring you a new mom to meet of every age and stage of parenting. And while today’s profile, Adrienne Shoom, has 3 kids all in their 20s (Sam, Jack and Edie), there’s so much to learn from how she has thrived. “Learning to be a team player is part of life at the office and at home where everyone has to work together to live happily after under one roof.”
Bernadette Morra has a long-standing love affair with her work. Her career as a fashion editor and reporter has spanned over 25 years with an impressive tenure at The Star followed by 7 years as the editor-in-chief of FASHION magazine. Quitting her profession was never in her vocabulary after she had her twin sons who are now 18-years old. Her secret? Stop questioning work-life balance and simply accept it with grace and style.