Julie Riemersma is a Toronto based fashion photographer who shoots everything from editorials to commercial spreads, and her own art photography. We met about a year ago through some mutual friends in the fashion industry, and I got Julie to shoot my SS18 Lookbook right here in Toronto. As with all of her work, the results were gorgeous. I got to chat with Julie about the perks and pitfalls of creative work, her everyday inspiration and Toronto’s distinct style. Click through to read more!
As an ethically minded small business owner, I receive emails proposing collaborative opportunities on the regular. But this January I was contacted about something that stood out as an idea I could really get behind.
A Toronto based outfit called The Bicycle Opera Project would be running a production called SWEAT this summer. The piece is based on sweatshop workers who are struggling to form a union with dreams of a better life. The company itself is incredibly innovative. Each summer they launch a new production, touring by bicycle. Their aim is to make opera more accessible. They sing in English and present contemporary material. Their idea was to partner with a Toronto based ethical clothing company to create a cross-promotion.
As an ardent supporter and member of Fashion Revolution, I was sold. Fashion Revolution is a global organization that aims to make the industry more sustainable and ethical by valuing people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.