I love what I do. To me, this is not a job, it is a passion. A passion for creating work that matters, that is distinctive, that is elegant, that is made for wearing today, tomorrow, for years to come.

It is a solitary pursuit, and a very slow and delicate process. Because of this, I spend a lot of time thinking about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.

It is important to me that I share the stories that inspire each collection I create. Inspiration comes from both the smallest and the grandest things and concepts around me that I consider to be beautiful. Most often, my collections are inspired by Canada; its landscape, its people, its inimitability and the horizontal connections between them.

Darlene Martin – (Stella, ON)