Designer & Founder, Tessa Battistin
Tessa was born in Montréal, and raised outside of NYC. She is passionate about female empowerment and entrepreneurship. Tessa advocates for the development of a circular economy in the garment industry. This means that consumers buy less clothing of a higher quality which is recycled responsibly at the end of it's cycle. Tessa gained business experience after working for three NYC based startups. While in Montréal, she helped organize the TEDxMontrealWomen annual conference in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Tessa completed a BA in English Literature at McGill University in June 2017. Asset Designs has followed her throughout her studies. Tessa began silkscreen printing in 2012, and began selling tee shirts by word of mouth. Demand for Asset Designs products grew, and ethical production moved to the forefront of the brand's image. After competing in the Dobson Cup entrepreneurship competition, Tessa decided to launch Asset Designs full time upon graduation. Recently, Tessa was invited by the McGill Office of Innovation to join the 4th cohort of the McGill University & Notman House co-working partnership. Since, she has been living & working in Montréal, expanding the company’s offerings to reusable grocery bags and made-in-Canada tee shirts.
Slow Fashion Expert, Rachael Atkinson
Rachael Atkinson is a second-year student in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. She is completing a triple concentration in Managing for Sustainability, Retail Management, and Business Analytics. Working as a fashion buyer at her mother's retail store from the age of twelve cultivated a love for fashion, business and entrepreneurship which she brings with her to Asset Designs. Rachael also works with P(h)assion McGill a social fashion group and Greenpeace McGill to help promote sustainability and ethical consumerism through both platforms
Sustainability Advocate, Liv Parsons
Liv is a second-year student studying Environmental Science at Concordia University. She hopes to specialize in Sustainable Resource Management at McGill in the future. She and her family have been using sustainable practices around the household since she was younger. Wanting to learn more, Liv grew passionate about ethical fashion and educating herself on how clothing is made, where it is made and who is making it and ways to live more sustainably.