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GBC Entrepreneur Spotlight: Lesley Hampton

Lesley Hampton

Founder, Designer and Creative Director of the LESLEY HAMPTON fashion line


Lesley Hampton is a Canadian First Nations designer, founder, and creative director of LESLEY HAMPTON, the fashion line. Her fashion label focuses on producing elegant wearable art and eveningwear. Known for her advocacy for diversity, Lesley gained considerable media attention after inviting Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet to walk the runway in her Fall 2017 BEBODYAWARE showcase. Her brand aims to exemplify the poise and inner determination that can occur within all of us.

Lesley has completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and an Advanced Diploma with Honours from Sheridan College. Wanting to learn more technical design creation, Lesley enrolled in the Fashion Techniques and Design program at George Brown College.

“I chose to enroll in GBC in the Fashion techniques and design program initially because I needed the technical background of fashion, such as pattern drafting and grading/sizing, to begin my business. I have a bachelor degree from the University of Toronto in Art studio and Art history, so I felt strong in my conceptual background to develop my collections, so I received the technical construction skills from GBC to execute those concepts and designs.”

When asked what advice she would give to aspiring entrepreneurs, this is what she said:

The best advice I always give is actually from business entrepreneur Jim Rohn: “We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.” The best career advice isn’t actually what you do at your job, but the influence you allow people to have on you by spending your time with them. Surround yourself with people who will challenge you and push you to be the most successful entrepreneur you can be.

If you want to learn more about Lesley Hampton and her brand, please check out her website at http://www.lesleyhampton.com

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