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February 03, 2014
“I loved just being able to envision something in your head, and then being able to create it”
OTTAWA — Victoria Kakuktinniq is eager to talk about her budding career in fashion, but first she has to finish a big sale.
After the Inuk designer’s work was modeled on the runway at the Northern Lights business and cultural showcase in Ottawa Jan. 31, Donna Duncan, the wife of federal minister of state John Duncan fell in love with one of Kakuktinniq’s purple seal skin parkas.
It’s a sleek and fitted coat, with embellishments on the arms and chest — $1,750 later, Kakuktinniq and Duncan part: one a happy saleswoman, the other a satisfied customer.
“It’s such an amazing experience,” Kakuktinniq said of her first time at the Ottawa trade show. “You get more and more motivated when you see your stuff exposed to such a big audience.”
Kakuktinniq, 24, first took an interest in sewing and design while doing a 2011 workshop, part of the Miqqut program, in her home town of Rankin Inlet.
“I loved just being able to envision something in your head, and then being able to create it,” she said.