FOUNDER + DESIGNER + INSTRUCTOR
Jennifer Allison is a fashion and footwear designer, maker, artist and educator.
Upon graduating from the Ryerson University Fashion Design program, Jennifer has had the opportunity to live and work throughout Canada, United States, South America, Europe and Asia fine tuning her craft while gaining industry experience designing for various companies such as Aldo, Abercrombie and Fitch, Awamaki, Pour La Victoire as well as several other private labels.
Her designs have been featured in publications such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, In Style, Elle and Flare Magazine to name a few and have been worn by reputable icons such as Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively and Rihanna.
In 2014, Jennifer launched the Art and Sole Academy as a way to share her love for design, traditional craft and the "slow fashion" movement. After operating Art and Sole out of Toronto, ON for 5 successful years, Jennifer made the decision to return to her roots and in March 2020 relocated the studio to her hometown, North Bay, ON.
Dorothy is a fabulous french bulldog who holds a very important role at Art and Sole as our Shop Dog.
She has been a shoe lover for as long as she can remember. Her favourite designers include: Jimmy Chew, Pawda and Loubarkin to name a few ;) Her favourite movie is the Wizard of Oz and she would do anything to get her paws on a pair of ruby slippers.
If you are interested in signing up for a class but have allergies or feel uncomfortable around pets please send us an email in advance to: email@example.com and we will give Dorothy some time off!