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Wearable Art

by deirdre Kelly

When Michael Day (BA ’74) studied English and philosophy at York in the mid-1970s, it was a heady time – “highlighted by the resignation of Richard Nixon, Kissinger, the Beach Boys, striped shirts and long hair,” reminisces the Toronto native who is today a professional photographer and a partner in the Suzi Roher Accessories company, which he helped found.

Led by his wife, the designer Suzi Roher, the brand is popular with Sarah Jessica Parker, Joni Mitchell, Gloria Steinem, Heidi Klum and the Duchess of Cambridge, among other stylish women who have been photographed wearing the brand’s handcrafted belts.

Artisanal silk scarves, added to the family-run business 15 years ago, feature prints and imagery created by Day, who is now 65, from some of his photographs of art works in galleries around the world.

Consumer demand has prompted him to frame some of the prints as original works of art. They will be for sale at the first-ever Suzi Roher Accessories flagship store on Toronto’s Queen Street West (near Trinity Bellwoods Park), which will open in August.

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