“A Day in the Life” with Toronto fashion designer Christopher Paunil

Christopher Paunil is a fashion designer based in Toronto who leads the growing team at their East York showroom and studio. Christopher was born and raised in Scarborough to Filipino parents. He studied vocal music in high school and later graduated from fashion at George Brown College. His designs are timeless yet modern, sophisticated yet still full of personality. His talents include all technical forms of fashion and he always keeps a level head. Paunil loves beautiful and different fabrics as a foundation to his design and his craftsmanship is simply divine. Christopher loves animals, travelling to Spain, and is a level 5 Krav maga practitioner so watch out! Oh and has two lovely dogs, Jes and Mila.

A fitting in progress with a client
A fitting in progress with a client
With Keyshia K’aoir and my business partner Chalo Hancock during the filming of The Mane Event in Miami
With Keyshia K’aoir and my business partner Chalo Hancock during the filming of The Mane Event in Miami
Took a stroll to Evergreen Brickworks - we have some beautiful views right in the middle of our amazing city
Took a stroll to Evergreen Brickworks – we have some beautiful views right in the middle of our amazing city
The obligatory studio selfie
The obligatory studio selfie
Talking about my collection to media at The Stylist Suite
Talking about my collection to media at The Stylist Suite
Taking a break to spend some time with our dogs, Mila (on the left) and Jes
Taking a break to spend some time with our dogs, Mila (on the left) and Jes
Some more quality time with the loves, Jes and Mila
Some more quality time with the loves, Jes and Mila
Peace! Loving the beautiful design and architecture in Barcelona
Peace! Loving the beautiful design and architecture in Barcelona
Peace! Loving the beautiful design and architecture in Barcelona
Peace! Loving the beautiful design and architecture in Barcelona
Making sure to get in some of that work-life balance!
Making sure to get in some of that work-life balance!
Hard at work in the cutting room with Chalo Hancock and one our team members
Hard at work in the cutting room with Chalo Hancock and one our team members
Christopher Paunil - Hanging out during one of our trunk shows at Kleinfeld Canada
Hanging out during one of our trunk shows at Kleinfeld Canada
Christopher Paunil - A special moment with one of our brides at her gown pick up. Cheers!
A special moment with one of our brides at her gown pick up. Cheers!

What ‘hood are you in?

We live in work in O’Connor Parkview or also know as East York. Our neighbourhood smells like fresh cookies often as there’s a huge Peek Freans factory 100 m away.

What do you do?

I’m the co-founder and designer for Christopher Paunil. We are luxury bridal and eveningwear brand who create beautiful handmade collections and bespoke gowns

What are you currently working on?

We are getting ready for our Toronto Fashion Week show on September 5 and travelling around the world with this Fall.

Where can we find your work?

We are sold directly from our studio and at Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay. We are also sold in boutiques located in the USA and around the world.

 

 

For more on Christopher Paunil, visit his website.

 

 

 

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