Rosemarie Umetsu, Fashion Designer
Toronto-based Canadian fashion designer Rosemarie Umetsu’s innate sense of style was officially translated into her own line, in spring 2004. Rosemarie’s personal belief that ‘individuality is the heart of style’ forms the foundation for the collection.
Rosemarie is a classically trained pianist who completed studies in piano performance at Trinity College of Music (UK) and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). However, her interest in fashion and design led her to subsequently pursue an education in design, graduating from the International Academy of Fashion Design and Merchandising. In 1995 she joined Holt Renfrew as women’s contemporary Fashion Buyer, and then went on to Club Monaco, prior to opening her own fashion design consulting firm in 2000. She launched her own eponymous label in 2004.
The label Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu has since garnered a strong niche following of artists, which include some of the world’s most illustrious names. Unique to the brand is its vision to encompass not just a stunning visual aesthetic but functionality and practicality for an artist, while celebrating the individuality of each.
As a brand Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu is a synthesis of the Arts and Fashion. It believes in promoting, supporting and bringing visibility of the arts in Canada. The atelier regularly presents salon evenings and is a meeting and connecting ground for many artists in the city. As well, it often collaborates with various artists and arts groups on productions.
In 2010 Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu made its debut Into costume, with a special commission from The Irish Repertory Theater of Canada for Enda Walsh’s play “New Electric Ballroom” staged at the Tarragon Theater in Toronto, for which it received a 2011 Dora nomination.
Rosemarie Umetsu is a regular collaborator with many performance artists in the city and has been the featured guest with ensembles such as I Furiosi and The Amici Ensemble in Toronto and in 2015 will be a guest at The Northern Lights Music Festival in Ajijic.
The Atelier and first free standing boutique opened in May 2005, in Canada in the trendy Yorkville area in Toronto. In addition to providing each individual client a unique exclusive shopping experience, it affords the luxury of bespoke tailoring to each individual’s style and needs, within the ambience of its chic modern interior.