Chamber celebrates local fashion designer's success

By Angela Brown
December 5, 2017 - 3:00pm Updated: December 5, 2017 - 3:36pm

Melissa Squire may have started her life planning to be a doctor, but her love for art and design led her on a new course and a successful career in business.

"I decided to follow my passion, which is creating, anything really, and fashion found me," she said. 

From North Battleford, Squire shared her story with the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce members and guests at Tuesday's luncheon - called Holly and Heels - a Celebration of Women in Business at Chapel Gallery. 

Squire said her Ukrainian grandmother gave her her first sewing machine when she was nine-years-old, and she began honing her craft as a designer.

She said started designing her own clothing line 10 years ago.

During the luncheon talk, several models presented some of Squire's designs in a fashion show 

"I'm very inspired by classic silhouettes, pin-up style fashion, and the classic Bettie Page and Marilyn Monroe... and I like to add some edgier modern flare to it, and recycled and sustainable fabrics as much as I can," said Squire. 

The accomplished fashion designer and business entrepreneur owns Saskatoon-based business Alchemy Collective, which has been operating for the past seven years.

Squire has also received a number of awards for her work. 

She said she also runs a booth at the North Battleford's street festival every year.

"I keep coming back and supporting the Battlefords, because the Battlefords supports me very much," Squire added.


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