Stop 13 – Carriageway Studios

Photo: Brittany Gawley

Megan Duffield grew up in West Carlton on the outskirts of Ottawa On.

It was in this environment surrounded by woods near the Ottawa River that the inspiration for her future business would take root.

In high school, her need to express her individuality led her to begin designing her own clothing. Her passion for design propelled her to enrol in the three-year Fashion Design program at Fanshawe College, graduating in 2005.

Upon returning home to Ottawa Megan worked in several facets of the fashion industry. She apprenticed with designer Maria Moscatel and Master Tailor Stan Boil, a period costume specialist. It was also during this time that she met Brydie Hyndman who was the former window dresser for Holt Renfrew. Working for a local independent chain of funky clothing & gift stores, Megan apprenticed with Byrdie learning the valuable skills of fashion buying, merchandising and window dressing.

Her passion for designing her own line was becoming more compelling and in 2010 Megan applied and was accepted into a small business program.

This program coupled with her experience in the fashion retail industry gave her the skills to launch her own line under the label Duffield Design in the fall of 2011.

Returning to her roots in West Carlton, Megan opened up her studio in Dunrobin where she designs and manufactures her collection.