Beth Nicholson Crago
There are some women that just stand out from the crowd and attract your attention like a big magnet. That was Beth Nicholson Crago when I first met her at an event.
I approached Beth and shamelessly asked: “What’s your story?” Turns out, she is one of the two amazing ladies behind the best-kept-secret- Opelle, a luxury handbag brand that is designed and handcrafted in Toronto for women looking for something “functional and aesthetically refined”.
In spite of Beth’s impressive career of working at Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Thakoon, while having Jason Wu, Moda Operandi on her client list, Beth confesses that fashion was not her first love. With an English degree from McGill specializing in acting and theatre, Beth was chasing after her dream of becoming an actress. After having her first taste of rejection, she soon realized that she didn’t like acting enough to go through the hardships associated with that career. This realization has led her to the door of fashion. The rest is history.
On the couch beside her son’s play table, she opens up about the conversation she had with her parents during high school that sparked something in her, we exchange feelings about the Old and New Celine, and she shares the struggles she chose to go through and the ones she turned away from.
Photography: Vai Yu Law
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“To share. Share creatively. Share the love. Share experiences. Share the questions. Share the worries, the concerns. And you’d be surprised at what would come for you to help with all of these things.” -Beth Nicholson Crago