Fashion can be a difficult and cutthroat business – survival is dependent on surrounding yourself with outstanding people who share your vision. I’ve been very fortunate to have Leah Tuttle as my agent for the past decade, and I want to give my customers to chance to get to know this wonderful, beautiful woman.
Diane Kennedy: What inspired you to become a clothing representative?
Leah Tuttle: A manufacturer asked if I would consider representing their line and so I took a leap of faith.
DK: Did you have a mentor, and if so, what was the most valuable thing you learned from him/her?
LT: I worked my way up from dusty stockrooms and was mentored by some of the best (and worst) in the business. The most valuable thing I learned was the importance of a dependable work ethic.
DK: What is your agency’s most unique quality?
LT: We focus on Canadian designers and natural, ecological options for sizes XS to 3X. At the time I created the agency, this was seen as risky and difficult path in an industry based heavily on fast fashion and poor quality imports with high margins.
"I aspire to be mindful of compassion and gratitude.
DK: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment or contribution to the industry?
To me, this goes beyond common respect and courtesy
and brings us to common ground with higher intentions."
~ Leah Tuttle
LT: My greatest accomplishment is acquiring the flexibility and adaptability that is essential for success in this business. My greatest contributions are the lasting relationships that I’ve built, working collaboratively to produce beautiful results. Our customers receive the service they expect with a little something extra. The best compliments I receive are referrals from satisfied customers.
DK: How did your relationship with us begin?
LT: The best way possible – with an introduction by a great customer who thought that I was the right agent to represent the Diane Kennedy brand.
DK: What is the most rewarding part of your relationship with us?
LT: I’m included in the process via creative meetings, sharing the new design ideas, fabric options, and styles that keep the brand exciting each season.
DK: What do you most appreciate about our brand?
LT: I appreciate the integrity and quality. The entire creation process incorporates high expectations and a solid work ethic to deliver the best quality fashion.
DK: What pieces will you be seeking for your Spring 2019 wardrobe?
LT: The Screen Playsuit and Casting Capri are in my sights, but the Jinx Jumpsuit may win out.
I consider myself very lucky to be represented by such a remarkable and lovely woman who truly understands our market, and who is responsible for getting Diane Kennedy clothing into stores all across Canada. Thank you, Leah, for your unfailing support, unparalleled work ethic, and for being the strong, resilient, and incredibly beautiful human you are!