Growing up in Newfoundland, Paddye values and personifies its friendliness, resourcefulness, generosity and humour. She found Pakenham on a bike ride in 1973 and was delighted to make it her home.
As her clothing business grew, she resisted the pressures to move to Ottawa, Montreal, or Toronto, opting instead to raise her family in the village and expose her clients to its relaxing charm. Serendipity brought together Paddye and the historic home/shop of an original tailor of Pakenham, a lovely, unique part of her shop.
Her daughter Kealy continues the tradition, raising a family and establishing her business in the village.
Paddye’s design process is a collaborative one with each client, to make a garment designed to reflect each personality and to fit the body perfectly. Her very talented staff are an important part of the process and assures every garment is executed meticulously. Paddye loves to have people drop by, take a look, think about the possibilities.
From swim wear to wedding dresses, her large array of yarn, leather and unique fabrics from the best mills in the world are well suited for timeless, elegant blouses, tunics, sweaters, dresses, suits, coats, jackets, trousers, skirts, evening wear and accessories.
Attention to design, detail and finish won Paddye the Clairol Award for Top Canadian Designer in 1983 and in 2004 she became an Elected Fellow of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, remaining the only clothing designer among that elite membership.
Paddye has presented many fashion shows over the years, raising funds to give back to the community, such as the Almonte hospital and the Textile Museum.