KPU design alumna has a lot of hart

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Wilson School of Design Grad, Taylor Byrom, has caught world-wide attention with her kids clothing line

By Whitney Sharp

taylor-byrom_fashion-and-technology-alumna_rszKwantlen Polytechnic University Fashion and Technology alumna, Taylor Byrom, was recently awarded the Langley Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award for her clothing line, Taylor Hart designs. The award is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to business through community spirit, and service by demonstrating outstanding business leadership, innovation, and success.

Growing up in a creative household, it wasn’t surprising when Byrom turned fashion design into a career. She graduated from KPU’s Wilson School of Design in 2013 with a bachelor of design in fashion and technology. Initially planning to launch her career as a wedding dress designer, Byrom drastically changed focus after her experiences volunteering with sick kids.

Seeing firsthand the need for better, more functional clothing options for kids with complex medical needs, Byrom created and launched jolie hart, a line of girls’ apparel created for just that. The pieces in her clothing line have been designed to accommodate various tubing and medical equipment, as well as wheelchair restrictions, and the collection has received attention and piqued the interest of shoppers around the globe. Now, as a KPU alumna, Byrom is continuing to grow her business and recently begun working on a clothing collection for young boys with medical needs called victory hart. Byrom’s passion and dedication to her growing business is a true reflection of design theory, application, and industry connection and the university’s polytechnic mandate.

The fashion and technology program at KPU is the only program of its kind in Western Canada. Build your portfolio, connect with industry, and discover what it means to design your future. For more information or to apply to the Wilson School of Design, visit kpu.ca/design