HOW MANI JASSAL DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM HER SOUTH ASIAN ROOTS TO REDEFINE CANADIAN FASHION

The Ryerson grad is launching her new line 'With Love' at Toronto Fashion Week

Mani Jassal poses with one of her popular bridal-wear designs. (Michael Cole/CBC)

When Mani Jassal was a student at Ryerson School of Fashion, she wanted to design evening wear and red carpet gowns. But as she prepared for her final project before graduation, a new inspiration struck.

“I was browsing through a bunch of magazines and there was Vogue India. And I was just looking at India’s fashion scene and I was like, ‘Oh, this is so cool,'” she told CBC’s Our Toronto.

The Mani Jassal showroom in Yorkville. (Michael Cole/CBC)

Jassal decided to experiment with Indian fabrics and silhouettes for her final school fashion show. Her collection was a hit.

“People wanted to purchase it and I was so confused because to me it was just a school project,” she said.

From there, the orders started pouring in. Jassal graduated from Ryerson in 2013 and quickly found herself busy sewing custom orders in her parents’ Brampton basement.

It was the early encouragement Jassal used to forge ahead with her South Asian-inspired designs.

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