Not only is Esther Hempel the founder and designer of DUVAL - a collection of handmade leather bags and accessories - but she's also a part of the PARK team! When Hempel isn't making bags or being a mom, she's a stylist at PARKSHOP. Read more about her favourite Canadian designers, fashion inspirations, and PARKSHOP picks.
What made you want to be a part of the PARK family and community?
I first attended a PARK Forum a number of years ago when I was planning the launch of my handbag line, DUVAL. PARK was so welcoming and helpful. Their dedication to giving a platform for emerging and established designers and artists is really amazing, and I knew I would continue to always be a part of their organization in one way or another.
What is the most exciting thing about working closely with PARKSHOP as they build a retail platform for Canadian designers and artists?
I love being able to interact with customers that come to PARKSHOP. Through my conversations, I learn more about what people are looking for and what they value when shopping Canadian. It helps me introduce my customers to new Canadian lines they would love and also create pieces people are wanting!
What are your current favourite pieces ?
I’m totally obsessed with my PARK PJ Striped Shirt. I wear it all the time and just can’t get enough of it! It’s so comfortable and looks so effortlessly.
The Coutu Kitsch Aden earrings. I love the update on the traditional hoop, plus when you wear them, it’s almost guaranteed someone will comment on how amazing they are!
Last but not least, the Malika Rajani North Jacket is my absolute favourite coat right now.
Tell us something unique people might not know about you?
My absolute favourite way to destress is by going for a walk downtown in any city and roaming around finding new places, shops, cafes and restaurants.
Who is your style icon that you can’t stop getting inspiration from and want to raid their closet?
(Image via www.audreylbd.fr)
If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would definitely be a slightly oversized black blazer with high waisted denim and a white t-shirt half tucked in, paired with my Berg + Betts watch and ankle boots!
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