The Strévé Design Story
The line of clothing and accessories that bear the label Strévé are hand crafted in my boutique in Perth, Ontario.
I work with suppliers to acquire the highest quality leather, suede, shearling ,silk, lace , linen and wool from Europe to create my original and classic designs. Each piece of custom clothing is made to measure for you, the client.
I was born in Ottawa and grew up in Ottawa and Lanark County. I developed my love for sewing as a young teen and started to design Figure Skating costumes while I was still in high school. I graduated from Ryerson University in 1982 and worked for leather and fur designers in Toronto. In 1987 I started Streve Design , my own line of appliqué and collage leather art coats and handbags to sell to boutiques throughout North America. Banff, Whistler, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York, San Francisco and Santa Fe are a few locations that sold the Streve line of fashions.
In 2009 , I opened Streve as my own boutique and studio in beautiful heritage Perth. The move toward direct retail provided a new awakening to my designs. By 2018, the increased interest in my custom design paved the way for a new and larger retail location in the former Dodd’s and Erwin Feed Mill . Women’s leather jackets, men’s Shearling coats, wool capes, suede coats or silk mother of the bride dresses are made to measure for you the client.
The boutique is always stocked with a beautiful selection of Streve leather and natural fibre clothing , scarves and handbags designed and handmade in the studio. I have curated a beautiful selection of one of a kind jewelry from local jewelry designers. Streve also carries truly unique pieces of Murano Glass Jewelry made in Venice , Italy.
The stunning retrofit of an industrial section this building now is home to the Streve Design Art Gallery in the second floor mezzanine loft . As a supporter of local and Ottawa area artists the gallery exhibits change every two months.
In a world of fast fashion , I practice the opposite! Each garment and accessory are hand cut and sewn one by one. This process is called slow fashion. The end result is to create ethical, sustainable, environmentally friendly clothing and accessories.
Streve is classic design that does not go out of style. Experience the true luxury of custom designed fashion, a quality that lasts!