Simon Chang

A Tête-à-tête with Simon Chang
by Lesley Bishin
published in Westmount Living, June 2007.

Simon Chang bounds into his Montreal studio holding a chiffon floral skirt in one hand and a tray of cookies in the other, which he proceeds to pass around with a huge grin. Wearing patched jeans and a black dress shirt, the thirty year fashion veteran conducts business with a smile, breaking frequently into uproarious laughter, but turning serious on a dime when asked a question, becoming pensive, and making direct eye contact. In an industry where people are constantly looking past each other for someone more important, Simon Chang makes it a point to be respectful. He is not only an interesting man, but he is interested in the world around him, and particularly in other human beings. Continue reading “Simon Chang”

The Pain of Shopping for Bathing Suits

Although some people find wearing a bathing suit difficult, the pain actually begins in the store. My mother was recently bemoaning the harsh lighting and unforgiving three-way mirrors in the changing rooms to her friend.

“If those store owners had any feelings, they would supply us with Kleenex”, she sighed. “Kleenex!?” Her friend Maggie grunted, “They should offer us grief counselors!”

Okay, so I’m exaggerating a bit. But the truth is, no one – least of all you – is wowed by your un-suntanned and un-waxed body, as you squeeze yourself into the size you hope to be by summer. Even if you can tuck your underwear into the bathing suit without creating too much of a bulge, the fleece socks you’re still wearing are guaranteed to make sure you look ridiculous. Also, you’re a bit faint from sucking in your stomach since the purchasing usually takes place in the grey months before summer, when you are still carrying some winter weight.

Men, there is nothing you can say to your women. My sister’s sweet boyfriend made the mistake of telling her she was beautiful when she emerged sniffling from a changing room at a women’s designer clothing store. She replied by removing a flip-flop from a nearby sales rack and throwing it at his head. Continue reading “The Pain of Shopping for Bathing Suits”