Origins 2017-03-21T08:31:04+00:00


“But if a man be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and vulgar things. One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

O ne summer morning, a young boy came into the world. The first of an English family to be born in Canada, the vast landscapes and modern cities of the Great White North would forever define his identity.

Paul grew up on the west coast among the old-growth forests and the Pacific Ocean. He was brought up with influences in British and French Colonial style, most evident in the railway hotels that dot the country (Chateau Frontenac, Chateau Laurier, Banff, Lake Louise, the Rocky Mountains) as well as influences from the region’s First Nations Peoples.

A world of opulence and refinement, nestled in surroundings of wild, untamed beauty

The opulence and refinement of these worlds would inspire his sense of sophistication and style, while their location in the wild, untamed surroundings would forge a deep conection with nature and the supernatural. Polaris, the North Star, for centuries a symbol of guidance, would spark his fascination for years to come.

As a young man, a passion for the human form lead Paul to pursue studies in biology. One day, while reviewing notes during a university lecture, he noticed that almost every diagram of the human body had been subconsciously sketched-over with clothing and given a new look.

It was time to make a change.


Paul was born, growing up on the west coast of Canada

This would lead Paul to Montreal, where he was immersed with French culture, inducted into a creative circle and nurtured a joie de vivre. The city made a profound imact on him and was a perfect launchpad as he set his sights on the world’s fashion capital, Paris.