Today we’d like to introduce you to Dominic Dufort.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Dominic. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My name is Dominic Dufort and I’m a Canadian fashion designer. I’ve always been obsessed with fashion ever since I was a little boy watching my mother sewing and creating herself. I could be still for hours just looking at her, modifying patterns, cutting fabrics, putting the final touch to her creations by hand. A treat for me at that age: a trip to the fabric store! I loved going there with my mother, touching the fabrics, seeing all these beautiful colors and feeling the textures. That naturally brought me to study fashion after completing a degree in fine arts. I was also selected to attend the prestigious creative laboratory of Saga Design Centre in Vedbæk, Denmark.
Soon after finishing fashion school, I launched my own fashion design company, Ukiuq Design. In 2002, as Ukiuq Design head designer, I was nominated as a finalist for the CANADIAN (PROVINCE OF QUEBEC SECTION) AWARD OF CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP for my ready to wear collection. It was a project I was very proud of but I thought that I needed to learn more about my industry and get more experience. I have worked for different companies in Montreal, always eager to learn more.
In 2016, I have been promoted to fill a Los Angeles based Fashion Designer position to develop a new fashion line inspired by the California lifestyle. While in Los Angeles, I have also designed a complete collection for a special capsule, Keniston Brand, for the Los Angeles based company Baciano. I was also offered a head designer position at the new and upcoming luxury brand, Charlene Tang, for which I have been recruited to create their first exclusive resort wear line entirely made in Los Angeles.
Has it been a smooth road?
My career so far has been pretty smooth. I have been lucky to meet the most amazing people and mentors along the way. They taught me a lot and it opened a lot of opportunities for me.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
As a fashion designer, I specialize in commercial ladies’ wear. I also designed a few lines for men as well. I’m known for bringing the trends accessible to consumers. I pride myself at designing styles that have a high retail checkout. I think that what sets me aside is, as a creative, I still have a business sense and organizational skills.
One of the work, I was most proud of was the launch of a t-shirt line that opened the door for all other commodities to enter the US market.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely! I feel that LA is so inspiring and the resources are endless. I was able to make amazing contacts in no time. This city offers all a new designer needs. It is a bit of a jungle, so you need to be strong, but LA has so much to offer.