By  on November 13, 2012

The way Barbara Atkin sees it, the role of a fashion director is a lot like that of a teacher. Both, she said, require bringing “huge thought processes” and “a vision” to the table.

That Holt Renfrew’s vice president of fashion direction would use such analogy is no coincidence. Prior to her career in fashion, Atkin was a teacher in Canada’s public school system — mainly in primary schools working with children of recent immigrants and helping them ease the transition and acclimatization to the new culture.

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