AW by Andrea Wong

Andrea Wong is the designer and maker behind the brand AW by Andrea Wong, a collection inspired by Canada’s Pacific Northwest. The line was born from her passion for leather, textiles and working with her hands. She focuses on creating items to become new classics that only get better from use; selecting materials that age well when braving life’s elements.
Prior to starting her own accessories label in 2011, Andrea was designing for some of Canada’s top brands in fashion and denim. She brings with her a breadth of design knowledge from working in the fashion industry for over a decade. She holds a degree in Design from Ryerson University.
For her next chapter, Andrea wanted to focus on a more natural perspective to design. Her approach is getting back to basics, in order to ensure that all her materials are ethically sourced and produced. Each AW item is still hand crafted by Andrea in her Vancouver studio using both modern and old-world sewing techniques.
Each item in the line shows its own unique charm and beauty achieved in artisanal hand work. These details only allow AW items to be produced in limited runs, intentionally avoiding mass production.
The brand has garnered international media attention from Australia to local online magazines. The collection has also been featured in North American publications such as: Fashion Magazine, Montecristo, Scout Magazine and Earlier this year Andrea was selected as a 'One to Watch' in Western Living's Home & Design category.

I am inspired by being outside, and the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The environment here is so epic, it rejuvenates me and motivates me. The lines in nature are so naturally considered and functional, I always hope to do the same in my design.

Recently, I have also been looking at architecture and furniture designers starting from the 1920s and onwards. The clean lines and unabashed bold use of colour has been inspirational in developing my new line that will be ready to show at this year SFM!