Calm, cool, and collected. Hardly the first words that come to mind when asked to describe the expected atmosphere at a designer’s studio the week before his very first Toronto Fashion Week runway show. Yet, as I enter Christopher Paunil’s bright, serene, open concept studio in the Artscape-Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto, this is exactly what comes to mind. The studio is spacious and sunny, with a table of plants and succulents surrounded by comfy chairs, a large drafting table, a lone intern at a sewing machine and several racks of the very gowns that have earned their place in the prestigious Kleinfeld’s Bridal Boutique.
With a philosophy as clean and simple as his work space, “