AW by Andrea Wong
Andrea Wong is the designer and maker behind the brand AW by Andrea Wong, a collection inspired by the beauty of Canada’s Pacific North West. 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. She brings with her a breadth of design experience from working in the fashion industry as a women’s wear designer for over a decade. She holds a degree in Design from Ryerson University.
After leaving the fashion industry, Andrea wanted to focus on a more natural approach 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 hand made by Andrea in her Vancouver studio using both modern and old-world sewing techniques.
Each item in the line shows its own unique charm from the natural inconsistencies and beauty of hand work. These details only allow AW items to be produced in limited runs, intentionally avoiding mass production.
The brand has garnered internationally 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 Remodelista.com.
Andrea is inspired by the beauty of the Pacific North West. The best way for her to clear her head and work out a design is going outside. In the great outdoors, functional items are essential, and beauty is plentiful. Function and beauty are two attributes Andrea strives for when creating new AW items.