In the Studio: Jeremy Laing

Intro by Jessica Carroll
Photos by Aaron Wynia

Jeremy Laing is well-spoken and neatly dressed with tight, brunette curls and glasses. His clothing collections are seasonably an extension of this personal demeanour, with clean lines, menswear-inspired cuts and opulent fabrics. Sincerely forward-thinking, what stands out most about Laing’s garments is his sophisticated attachment to the materials he chooses to work with, from boiled wool to organza. Many of his materials are custom printed or conceived of in collaboration with visual artists (Julia Dault, for one) or with chemical processes that set him apart from his similarly young peers. One of the most compelling qualities of Laing himself is his happy professional relationship with Toronto, despite having shown at NYFW since 2006. Occupying a large studio space in Parkdale, he allows himself to be considerate of a less hectic business model that prides itself on a more practice-based vision than pervasive trend forecasting. Photographer Aaron Wynia investigated Laing’s studio space, discovering that sometimes with fashion, less is more.