Jennifer Glasgow Design was founded in 2003, here in Montreal. In the now twelve years (yay!) we’ve been running- at full speed, might I add- our team of employees has grown, as well as our production. Jennifer Glasgow has formed a tight family of talented and devoted people to cater to Montreal’s (and the rest of Canada’s) desire for equitable clothing. Her locally-made line is sophisticated and striking: perfect for a professional woman of any age looking to stand out. Below, you can read a bit about the amazing team she has assembled, a true testament to her exceptional character. But first! Here’s her story:
Jennifer Glasgow, Designer
She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1995, Jennifer moved to Montreal “for a boy,” she says.
She first became interested in fashion because of a Madonna video she saw when she was 13, “Like a Virgin, and she (Madonna) had a black dress with cut out sides,” Jennifer told me, “I told my mom I wanted to make that dress and she bought me a Simplicity pattern and said go for it, try to make that dress. It looked nothing like the dress but from that point on, I was hooked.”
Her first job in the fashion industry was sewing hockey gloves, here in Montreal. She worked for a small company who re-palmed NHL gloves, and repaired jockstraps. Jennifer – …which they made me do, while laughing and snickering at me. It was …hilarious (cue sarcasm). She also had a couple of partnerships in art/fashion companies that were short lived but lots of fun.
Jennifer Glasgow Design was established in 2003 when she opened Local 23. Jennifer – Back then, it was VERY DIY. Everything was made in the back store where piles of fabric would droop over my head and the smell of a musty basement would almost permeate the clothing. Not the best environment to work in. However, it was a start. In 2006, she opened General 54 and JGD started to sell across Canada. They needed to grow into a more productive company, which is when they started to hire and outsource some of their work. Now, she says, “I have a great team in the studio and wonderful people working outside our office helping to produce the line.”
When she’s not designing and running her multiple businesses, Jennifer’s favourite thing in the whole world is to go to Timmins with Dan, her partner. Jennifer – We go to forests where you can go for miles and never see another human. We go fishing and lie on rocks in the sun, summer or winter. She also loves painting, meeting cats in the back lane ( or anywhere) and digging through vintage sales.
Her style: “When I have time to think about what I am wearing, I would say my style is boyish with a love of print. I like to mix colours and prints. I like to laugh at myself so I try to play with my comfort zone,” Jen says. “I wear dark colours because I can’t stay clean, I wear lots of scarves because Dan has a great collection. I wear thick eyeliner because I can’t keep my hand still to apply a thin line. I like wedges because I am short and I feel safer than if I were to wear a heel.”
Jennifer Glasgow Design would not be possible without Jennifer’s right-hand-man, Dan:
Dan Lacroix, Accountant
(photo by J. Glasgow)
Dan is from Timmins, Ontario, or as he calls it: “city with a heart of gold and home of Shania Twain”.
He moved to Montreal in the summer of 2004, practically in front of Olimpico and has been in the mile end ever since.
He manages the finances, accounting and cashflow for JGD. He also helps with the long term planning and everything on the business side of the company. Dan – I keep the talent train on the right track and make sure the wheels don’t burn off. On the design side of things, I pick the wrong colours and like the wrong fabrics.
His first job in Montreal was in the fashion industry. He was an “assistant comptroller” (his fancy title for assistant to the main accountant that was working there at the time). He worked there for about a year, and didn’t think he would end up in fashion again. Dan – You think I would have learned my lesson the first time. He says it gave him a head start on understanding how the business worked and helped him figure out some of the places they needed to take JGD.
In his spare time, Dan likes fishing with whoever, golf with his boys, camping with Jen, playing records solo and anytime while partying, biking around with his friend Louise, and getting out and being active at anyone’s cottage around. Dan – I like to make things happen.
His style: Dan says: “I used to wear a lot of blues and browns. Still do. Most days my style is kinda simple. Jeans and a dress shirt. I’ve bounced around with the blazers\hoodies in the fall, I’ve also been seen with a skinny tie from time to time. I like to find one thing to make my outfit stick out a bit. I always try to be just a bit different but sometimes I get lazy. When I do try though, it’s almost more fun because it’s less often. Given the right occasion and the right mood, steez can get pretty funky with a old vintage suit, weird stuff I found or a classy hat.”
In our studio, we also have four lovely ladies working alongside Jennifer Glasgow. From the first sketch that is drawn to the final distribution of a garment, our team works together to keep everything running smoothly.
Michelle, Assistant Designer
Michelle is from Aylmer, Québec. She’s been with JGD for 4 months. She likes thrift-shopping; hunting for treasures and giving pre-loved clothes a second life. She also likes cats.
“I’ve always been attracted by the artistic/creative side of fashion, and as a means of self-expression. Once I got into this side of the industry, I discovered a lot about the values attached to small-scale local design. I now feel that I find myself in a meaningful place inside the big world of fashion”, says Michelle.
Her style: “It changes a lot depending on my thrift-store discoveries,”she says. “Currently: casual businesswoman from the 90s mixed with sporty & punk elements. Colour palette: Black, charcoal, heather grey, navy, wine red, forest green”
Hannah is from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She’s been with us for just over a year. In her spare time, she works on her own line Isolde (www.hannahgoodman.ca), sold at Général 54. She also takes photos and is currently trying to keep several plants alive.
“After graduating in 2013 from NSCAD University with a BFA majoring in Textiles/Fashion, I moved to Montreal for an internship with JGD. I have since continued working there as well as with several other locally based fashion designers”, says Hannah.
Her style: “Monochromatic. Red lipstick.”
Dana, Warehouse Manager
Dana is from Montréal, Québec. She has been at JGD for 5 years. When she’s not working in the studio, she’s working on her music. She plays guitar and sings, and tries to write a few songs now and then. But, most of her time, she says, is spent consuming music.
Dana has always been interested in the confection of clothing: she’s made costumes for various theatre and dance shows, and likes taking old garments apart and turning them into something new… Before joining us, she completed an internship in the costume department of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, assisting the director. Now, at JGD, she takes care of the inventory and makes sure all of our stock stays organized.
Her style: “Fickle. I switch it up as often as possible. The only recurring theme: weird patterns.”
Victoria, Marketing Intern
Victoria is from Gatineau, Québec. She has just finished a five-week internship at JGD but will soon be joining our Général 54 team. Being new to Montréal, she likes to walk around and explore the city. Victoria is in her last year in fashion marketing at Marie-Victorin college. Soon, she will be jumping into the industry, full-time!
Her style: “Cute but sassy.”
Photos and interviews by Dana Babineau Burns