As a group of women working towards common goals for STYLE Canada‘s brand and business, we understand the value of peer support in the workplace. So, after our last Supper Club at Soho House, we decided to bring like-minded women in business together and feature them in an ongoing series: #LeadingLadies. Here’s hoping that we’ll see you at our next Supper Club. Keep your eyes peeled on our events page for more details.
Mavis Huntley – Stylesmith, mother, and entrepreneur
SC: What led you to pursue your career?
MH: At the time I was working for an advertising agency, running a department of more than 25 people but still lacked the self-confidence that stemmed from not knowing how to get dressed or put together an outfit. I hated shopping, didn’t have time to shop, would buy off the mannequin (you know, the size zero mannequin that doesn’t resemble my body shape at all), and never wanted to invest in clothes because I was always on the ‘verge’ of losing those extra pounds. I thought there must be more women out there like me, and Smithery was born.
SC: What has your career path looked like?
MH: I realize that having advertising as my background and maintaining a lot of those relationships has really given me an advantage to running a business that I don’t take for granted. Some milestones include when Smithery turned into a six-figure company, finding an amazing photographer who helps grow and showcase our business on the regular (this was a serious pain point in the first few years of businesses), being featured in an impactful segment on Cityline, featuring real women as models (so many that inspire me and I’m lucky to call friends), and being a mom – something I never thought I’d be, but its turned out to be my greatest accomplishment
Last modified: April 14, 2020