Designer & Maker
I'm Kirstin, the owner, designer and maker behind Vanderzee. I am thrilled you are here, whether it be by accident, you're already a fan or something has peeked your interest! This is a small operation, where I know I can't be everything to everyone, so if it is for you, I hope it makes you feel alive, excited & curious!
Each piece is designed and handcrafted by me every step of the way! My studio is currently located in Ontario, Canada. I strive to incorporate a diverse array of materials in my work while taking on challenging projects and learning new skills & techniques as much as my hands can handle!
My professional background is in carpentry and waste management & recovery. This was a seemingly natural and organic progression that led me to metalsmithing and making with my hands. Nothing has given me more satisfaction that using my hands to take harsh and broken materials to create whimsical wearables! I've always had a love for the art of fashion. The two worlds seem very far apart but I've discovered how to bring both my love of getting dirty with fashion!