#WhatDrivesYou: Lynn Spence
June 16, 2014
Photo Credit: Andreas Trauttmansdorff
Lynn Spence is a familiar face and household name to many women across the nation, having appeared on Canada’s hit daytime show Cityline for more than 15 years. Offering her keen eye for style and décor, this model turned stylist started her career in Montreal and is now one of Canada most sought after trend experts. Lynn styled Our very own Christine Faulhaber back in the early 90's for a corporate brand video for Fairweather. We recently sat down with Lynn to discuss what drives her.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
I translate trends that are growing around us globally into something that the average woman can understand and put into practice. My claim to fame is empowering woman and making them feel that the most important thing is their personal style and what is best for them – not what the world is telling them to wear or buy.
What has been your biggest career highlight (so far)?
Being a guest expert on Cityline for more than 15 years.
What inspired you to get into this industry?
I originally started my career as a very young model living in Montreal. I immediately felt a hole in the industry for someone like me that understood the modeling profession and could also work with clients and photographers. I felt inspired to use my three-sided perspective in the fashion and decor industries to fill this void. That’s where my career as a stylist kicked-off and I began working on everything from magazines and television shows to advertisements and fashion shoots.
What is one thing you wish someone had told you when you first started your career?
To enjoy every single thing that comes along. Don’t overlook any experience and really enjoy and embrace everything that comes along in your career. Both the good and the bad experiences, as long as you learn from every single thing you do.
How do you stay inspired? Where do you look for inspiration?
Magazines and design books will always be my first source for inspiration but they can’t be electronic. I need to be able to tear things out and scatter them around me. I’m also really inspired by my travels, and I’m constantly looking at the merchandising of stores and its products as well as private homes and hotels. Gardens also really inspire me – getting dirty and experimenting with different floral arrangements teaches a great balancing act, which I’m then inspired to translate into my styling, whether it is a room or an outfit.
What excites you about your job?
The people that I meet. After so many years this is still so valuable. Meeting people who are like-minded, who like similar things and share the same passion. I also still get so excited when I see a job come to fruition. Even though I might know how I want it to look, once you see it alive it is the most exciting thing ever.
If you could describe yourself in five words, what would they be?
Passionate. Self-deprecating. Empowering. Joyful. Empathetic.
What is your favourite design or fashion trend at the moment?
My favourite trend right now is the Tribal trend. It’s in both fashion and interior design and I love the mixed pattern, texture and its organic appearance. Sometimes a pattern can be too repetitive and stylized, whereas tribal is more unintentional.
Words to live by…
Do something that frightens you every single day.