I first discovered Canadian designer Lennard Taylor on the PARKSHOW fashion runway and was immediately captivated by his designs. Lennard was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba where his love for fashion blossomed into a boutique fashion house that designs, produces and sells high-quality fashion forward clothing. Designed with exceptional fit, his fashion is for the confident, sophisticated and modern woman.
The Modern Woman
“Whether it’s with my art, clothing, or words, I just want to make people smile”, says Lennard. Not only do I love his designs, I love how he believes fashion should be a positive and individual experience for each modern woman. He loves to highlight and learn about what gives each woman confidence and what makes them smile.
Lennard: “What does being a modern woman mean to you?
Me: “To me, a modern woman is someone who strives to be the strongest version of herself in order to feel just as beautiful as she looks. She likes to be confident and positive, stylish and comfortable, and inspires everyone around her to be the same.”
Lennard: “What makes you smile and feel good?”
Me: “I smile and feel good when I am confident. Confidence is the most beautiful outfit after all. Confidence is contagious and there’s nothing like empowering other people through my words and fashion inspirations.”
One of his most popular pieces is the Brenda, a classic yet modern hi-lo swing shirt offered in this classic white and a variety of other prints. “My inspiration for Brenda was the movie Ghost starring Demi Moore wearing her husbands oversized white dress shirt and I just loved the way it made her look, so sexy..”.
To me, the Brenda is the definition of modern class. Wearing it instantly elevates my confidence with its crisp and clean silhouette. The Brenda gives me a modern and comfortable sense of sophistication that stands out without craving attention. Versatile and perfect for wearing by itself or layered.
“…Sophie is inspired by every woman needing a throw-on-and-go vest. A vest can always dress up any outfit and make you look like you tried without really having to try..” says, Lennard.
To me, the Sophie makes me feel effortlessly stylish. This soft bamboo cotton vest comes with two side pockets made from pebbled leather pockets giving it an edgy element of texture. My favourite Sophie feature is the shark bite hem line. I especially love the look of Sophie layered over the Brenda for a classy modern look I can wear to the office.
Tips for the Modern Woman
Lennard: “What style tips would you give to the modern woman?”
Me: “As much as fashion is about the exterior, style starts from the interior. Wear what makes you feel confident from the inside out. Wear what makes you smile and feel good. Stay classic but add elements of new fashion trends to your style.”
Lennard: “What advice would you give to someone struggling?”
Me: “We are all created beautifully in our own way to have a unique purpose. Always surround yourself with those who love and support you for who you are and who will encourage you along your journey to discovering you are meant to be.”
I love following and reading Lennard’s IG stories and posts where he shares his positive, grateful and thought provoking messages about life.
* This post was in collaboration with Lennard Taylor. All opinions are my own.