C & C Designer Diaries – French Files edition

I’m fascinated to learn the different stories of North-Americans who’ve managed to make Paris their permanent home.  During my stay here in the City of lights, I really wanted to feature some of these stories in the hopes of introducing you to some creative minds working in different fields.

Calla Hayes is  the designer behind the uber cool label Calla.  Her 3 year old  label is a favourite among fashion-forward women and young celebrities such as Elizabeth Olsen and our friends The Beckermans.

Her prints are gorgeous, feminine and modern. To use Calla’s own words, they are best described as “relaxed luxury”.

Calla is making waves in the fashion industry; she presented her collection for the first time last fall at New York Fashion Week.  This year she was a finalist for France’s most prestigious award for young designers, the ANDAM Fashion Award.

Her collections can be found around the world, mainly in Paris at Le Bon marché, Opening Ceremony in New York & LA, starting this Fall at Libertine in Vancouver and finally online at or

Meet Toronto’s own Calla Haynes.  Bisous, Winy

Name: Calla Haynes
Age: 31
Sign: Leo

Where did you grow up ?

Where do you currently live?

Where did you study design?
Parsons School of Design, New York and Paris

 What brought you to Paris?
A year abroad at Parsons Paris, but then I found an internship with Olivier Theyskens at Rochas and dropped out of school!

What inspires your design aesthetic the most?
The women that I aspire to dress – creative, cool women with a great laugh.

When designing your collection, what is your creative process?
I research fabrics constantly, trying to seek out unexpected, interesting textures and styles. I design the prints and the silhouettes separately and then at some point, they marry. It’s a constant evolution.

Your Spring / Summer collection is beautiful and feminine, perfect for summer festivals, what inspired this collection?
I actually thought a lot about summer music festivals while designing the prints!
I tried to interpret the feeling of being outside in the heat listening to rock and roll in the abstract prints.

For this collection, I really focused on the essential ‘Calla’ pieces: the Tshirt, the boyfriend jacket, the ‘Gaine’ dress, the long skirt, and the mens shirt.

You have done a few collaborations, is there another designer or fashion house you would love to collaborate with and why?
I’d love to collaborate with a shoe designer!

 Three things you love most about living in Paris?
My neighbourhood, the 3rd arrondisement, that I can take my dog Lilybear almost anywhere: restaurants, shopping, the metro, the architecture never gets old.


Three things you miss most about Toronto?

My family
DJ parties hosted by friends in cool, small bars/clubs like the Beaver



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