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30 Under 30: Emily Schmid
High School: H.J. Cambie
Emily Schmid found her calling by recognizing and pursuing her passion without ignoring her morals. The fashion industry has taken a toll on the environment—and people—so Schmid found it important to lend her skills to an ethical and sustainable company.
Earning a bachelor of design degree in fashion and technology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2011, Schmid now works as a colourist at Mountain Equipment Co-op. Her final project at Kwantlen reflects her values—it comprised an eco-friendly fashion line that utilized fabrics from thrift stores.
Born on the Sunshine Coast and raised on a farm, Schmid has lived in Richmond for the past two decades, and still calls the Island City her home.
Schmid is also a volunteer with the Chill Foundation, which teaches at-risk and under-served youth how to snowboard—while instilling important life lessons of patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, respect and pride.
Future plans call for travel, starting a family and continuing to grow her career.
Inspiration? “My family and friends are a huge inspiration to me. They have and continue to teach me so much. In the fashion world, Charles James has been my inspiration for as long as I can remember. He ignored all the industry and social norms and followed his passion. His designs are an incredible mix of structure, art and fashion which took years to design and make.”
Most proud of? “Pushing through life’s challenges with a positive attitude. Also my degree, as I am the first in my family to graduate.”
Advice? “Follow your dreams and don’t underestimate the value of yourself or your skills.”