About Me - Keira Morgan
After moving to Toronto on my own in 2005, I learned how to be independent and confident. Since then I have found the man of my dreams and got married,worked endlessly at a creative business that keeps my busy full time and I literally enjoy it more than anything!. I LOVE playing a little bass and drawing but find it hard to make a lot of time for these days...I try to pick up my bass every day if even for a few minutes.
Comedy has always been a part of my upbringing ( I'm pretty sure every single person in my entire family is hilarious. what are the odds??) from using it to cope with sadness to embracing it on a stage. Yes, I did stand up once and will never do it again! I wasn't terrible but living with social anxiety has made it very difficult to engage with strangers in a way like I've known them forever.
I don't know if anyone would guess that my heart rate goes to 110bpm when I have to leave the house but it does-Also a reason I never pick up phone. If you have ever called Handsome&Lace, you'll hear he answering machine tell you to email. I do miss out on a few custom orders that way but I'm okay with that. The strangest part is that I'm very bubbly and might be the first thing people notice when they meet me. I'm always happy and always smiling. : )
About the Design
I try to break free from the same old neckties and bowties while keeping a tailored and clean design base. From upcycled materials to raw silks, linen, wool, velvet and whatever else has personality and major quality, I'll use it!
I really have issues with buying something and 5 minutes later seeing someone walking past me wearing the same thing. It really makes you feel like a basic, run of the mill, person. What I personally love is wearing things that nobody else has because a trend can still exist but with your own personal preferences like colour or patterns that won't be duplicated for everyone.
Finding fabrics that set you apart is MY passion!
Each piece is genuinely made by hand from cutting my own custom tie patterns, ironing and hand stitching them like back in the day. I don't send things off to China to be done, this is all me and a few select assistants when needed for higher volumes. The atmosphere around here is fun, music loving, and dancing when you just feel an urge. This is not a sweat shop or a place to undermine the craftsmanship of handmade. These are pieces that you are supposed to treasure <3
A little Deeper: Humble beginnings:
I started my life with a not-so-glamorous past. My mother was single, had 3 kids, no way to make full time money, and lived far from any other family. We were often sent to foster homes to give my mom a break and ended up being thrown around the system for a while.
My sister and I ended up being sent to my Dad's at the age of 10/11, whom we really didn't know that well and to be honest, I don't think his wife liked us AT ALL. It was so hard to be the source of someone's ugliness at that age.
I got type 1 diabetes while living there and no one taught me how to care for myself; Even though my Dad had diabetes as well, he was not in any shape to help me in that sense as he barely took care of his. I was literally living on the brink of death when I discovered sewing. (My life up to this point was just 'hanging in there" so what was there to care about? ) I was hand stitching embellishments onto my clothing when I finally got my first sewing machine when I was 16, making clothing for myself mostly-like an obsession ever since.
I dabbled in other creative outlets like photography, drawing, hair styling but always came back to sewing. In 2008 I began hand stitching couture hairbands out of mens vintage silk neckties for coworkers and friends, and had done that so many times I was able to make a mens tie from scratch.
After listing my first tie on Etsy, it sold within 4 hours. ( Back then nobody else was really hand making neckties locally ). That side of my business quickly expanded into what is now Handsome&Lace, and continues to be a home grown, local, sustainable brand that I hope you find interesting. Since sewing, I moved to Toronto from a small city on my own and started caring about my health. I'm very happy to say I made it to the other side. I found my husband while living in Toronto (that's him beside me on the couch! 14 years together so far). I was also able to quit my full time job in 2010 in order to keep up with my business and have found so much peace in being kind to myself. I don't waste time being around people who aren't the best, and I certainly feel grateful every day that I get to wake up and obsess over the newest tie concept <3