Olivia Rubens is a contemporary womenswear designer with a focus on textile design and knitwear. She grew up in Canada’s small but humble capital, Ottawa, in a small sailing neighbourhood by the river. Her move to the big city, Toronto, made for a big change in her aesthetic, and her ambitions. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Ryerson University in Fashion Design in 2015, and gained valuable experience and perspective from her time at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2014. She has placed and participated in numerous competitions, including the Danier Design Challenge, the Arts of Fashion Competition, the NAFA Fur Design Competition, and the Aveda Catwalk for Water. She is now moving forward with her career in the field, and hopes to attend the Royal College of Art or Polimoda for her Master’s in Fashion Womenswear or Creative Direction. She recently showed her A/W 18/19 line at Toronto Fashion Week with Re\Set in the designer showroom.
Olivia has been working as a design assistant for Hilary MacMillan since Spring 2016, all while gaining sponsorship from Wore Design and with their generous help, finishing her Spring/Summer 2018 collection, in order to push her line through production locally at the Fashion Exchange in Toronto.
Olivia prides herself on using sustainability and eco-friendliness as the backbone of her brand values, as well as creating intrinsic fabrics using dyeing, surface design, and knits to make a unique impact within the story behind her collections. Alongside her initiative in eco-friendliness, she is has now created her Autumn/Winter 2018/19 line with a core value in mind, that which battles the inequalities and harassment issues for women in the workplace. She, along with Megan Greco of Lucia Rose Jewellery, will be working with women to bring attention to their negative experiences and to bring light to the injustices we face in the workplace in comparison to men. Megan and Olivia are moving forward with this movement in order to open an important and sensitive dialogue and a stronger unity and sense of support for women in various industries in Canada and elsewhere.