Celebrate Mother's Day With Us

Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we thought we would have some fun and feature our favourite Mother and Daughter duos. Our very own Founder, Christine with her daughter Jamie and long-time friend and colleague of Christine’s, Debra Margles, President of Michael Kors Canada with her daughter Emma.

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What does a typical day look like for you?

Every day is different; especially with the changes of Covid, but on a regular day, I wake up early and cherish the first hour of my day as it’s the only “me time.” You can find me baking or making a soup. Lunches are often spent at my desk in-between a call or a meeting (or during a meeting if the day is very busy!) I usually wrap my day up by 6:30pm so I can have dinner with my family. By 9:30 I am cozied up with a book or a Netflix show.

How do you balance career and family?

It’s an on-going challenge. It’s really all about prioritizing and never missing the important/big moments with family and with my career. Plus, being organized helps! It’s important to me to give back to the community, as it helps me feel balanced, and I recharge my battery with exercise, good food, and of course surrounding myself with family & friends.

Who is your style icon?

A lot of my influence comes from my friends.

What do you think companies can do to create a positive future for the next generation?

Be flexible and allow for work life balance. You need to understand the new norms and the challenges of today’s ever-changing marketplace. Understand the needs of your team and provide them the resources they need to be their best.

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What career advice would you give your younger self?

- Don’t sweat the small stuff

- Be prepared

- Be open to feedback

- Surround yourself with talent and people who are willing to mentor you

Past fashion always influences today’s trends, do you have a favourite style from the past you would love to see come back and/or that has already come back?

When I first started in the fashion industry, we were always wearing coordinated sets. It’s coming back, and I love it!

What are your favourite restaurants?

Beatrice in Montreal of course, but my other favourites are Milos (any location you go in the world will be fabulous) and Polo Bar in NYC.

What is your favourite mother/daughter activity?

Walking because it gives us a chance to catch up with each other while getting fresh air.

How do you think you’ve influenced your daughter’s style?

I actually think she has better taste/sense than me. I love that we can share our closets; her interpretation is different than mine, so the same piece is styled differently on both of us.

What book are you reading now?

Four Seasons, The story of a Business Philosophy, by Isadore Sharp.

When you can travel again with ease, what’s your bucket list destination?

Anywhere with a health & wellness retreat.

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How has your mother’s career in fashion influenced your style?

I like when the styles are understated, so she taught me the importance of accessories and shoes and how they can make an outfit. We share our closets which is fun because we can make an outfit using the same pieces, but it looks different on both of us.

How has your mother’s success and ambition in business shaped your career aspirations?

I’m not personally interested in the world of business, but her ambition and passion for what she does inspires my work ethic. She motivates me to be successful and driven in the career path I choose/direction I’m heading into. I’m currently majoring in psychology and my minor is in marketing - I wanted a taste for what she does!

What is your favourite piece from your mother’s closet?

She has 2 pairs of sequined sparkly pants, one in red and the other in teal. I love them because they make an outfit fun, you can put an understated top with them, and it’s a look!

You have 5-minutes to shop Michael Kors, what are you buying?

Sunglasses, booties, sneakers and bomber jackets.

What are your favourite restaurants in Montreal?

Beatrice, Jatoba and Flyjin.

What’s the best advice your mother has given you?

- To take any opportunity that comes your way

- Every day is a gift

- Don’t sweat the small stuff

- Life is short

Who is your style icon?

Arielle Charnas from Something Navy and Hailey Bieber.

What book are you reading now?

The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything, by Neil Pasricha.

When you can travel again with ease, what’s your bucket list destination?

Italy & Australia – I was supposed to be there for an exchange program.

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Tell us about the Spring Michael Kors edit on The September.

The best word to describe the assortments for Spring is “fresh”. White, nautical navy, raffia and pops of berry. Everyone needs a fresh start these days, and the shoes, handbags and clothing collections offer just that.

Is there one item you are coveting this season?

It’s always hard to pick one item, but I would have to pick these 3 items as my top look:

Where are you heading when you can travel again?

I’m really missing the hustle and bustle of the cities, like New York and London. I’ve decided that my first trips will be to those cities and I plan to stay at one of the Firmdale Hotels (The Whitby in New York and either The Charlotte Street Hotel or Number Sixteen in London). The hotels and rooms are all designed by Kit Kemp and I love her use of colour and whimsical designs.

Same question we asked Debra, how do you balance career and family?

It’s not easy and accepting that it’s not easy was an important realization and something that I’ve learned to embrace. What works for me is making smart but sometimes tough decisions and not feeling guilty about my choices. I’ve learned to read when and where I’m needed. If I tell my kids I can’t be at something and the disappointment is incredibly apparent, I change my plans. I do the same for my business and my team at work. I make sure I’m there when they need me.

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I am encouraged by the recent awareness and support for women and working mother’s in particular. My hope is that this awareness benefits the generations coming behind us, and that working mother’s lives’ and their family lives will be enhanced.

What’s the best career advice you’ve received?

Be true to yourself. As an entrepreneur, we are inundated with unsolicited advice and it can become overwhelming at times. Once I was comfortable making decisions based on who I am and based on my values, the way forward becomes incredibly clear.

Who is your style icon?

This is a very out of the ordinary response, but I have to say right now my style icons (heroes really) are the doctors and nurses fighting the pandemic all day every day. My heart goes out to them when I see their red marked faces from PPE and the strain on their faces. When I see someone in scrubs, I want to give them the biggest hug. I have a tremendous amount of respect and new-found awe for health care workers.

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Who is your style icon?

My style icon is definitely Harry Styles, a lot of his outfits stand out with his pearls, statement suits and I often find myself taking inspiration from him. I admire his androgynous style, which is why I’m able to be inspired by his unusual panache for fashion.

How has your Mother’s business influenced your own future plans; do you have plans to own your own business?

As of right now I don’t have any plans to own my own business, but I am interested in the fashion industry. I finish high school next year so it’s still early days for me to know exactly what I want to do, but definitely something creative like fashion.

You have 5-minutes to shop Michael Kors at The September, what are your must have pieces?

What’s the best advice your Mother has given you?

My Mom is an avid lover of yoga and mindfulness and through her learnings, she is always reminding me not to worry about things that are out of my control. She also continually teaches me how important compassion is, for myself and for others.

What are your favourite spots in Toronto?

The beaches. We love going for walks on the boardwalk and then heading to Queen Street to Tori’s bakery for cupcakes and coffee!

How would you describe your style?

I often wear very colourful clothes; and I tend to like more feminine looks as well. I also love layered jewellery, lots of rings, lots of neclaces and bracelets.

When you can travel again, what’s your dream destination?

My dream destination is Japan, I want to explore a lot of the main cities there. The top of my list would be to visit Tokyo and Osaka.