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Justina's Story

Justina McCaffrey has been a wedding dress designer for over 25 years. According to CTV network she is “Canada’s most celebrated wedding dress designer.” The Globe and Mail describes her as a “Rising Star, The hottest designer in the country.” She brings over 20 years of industry experience in almost every area of wedding dress design and business.

 Justina McCaffrey began her adventure and ultimate destiny in the fashion world at the age of 18 when she ventured from her home in Winnipeg Manitoba to study at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She was a charter member and graduate of the FIDM Manufacturing program and she won the American Entrepreneurial National and International DECA Awards every year while she was in school. She worked at various financial institutions as the Executive Assistant to the First Vice President while studying at FIDM. She also followed and participated in politics while in the US and Canada. After graduating from FIDM, she moved to Ottawa (Canada’s capital) and honed her skills creating couture wedding and evening dresses. In 1996, Justina decided to share her vision locally by opening wedding dress boutiques in Ottawa (on Sussex Drive directly across from the US Embassy), and Toronto’s Yorkville region. She also shared this vision by being one of the first Canadian wedding dress designers to show a collection at the International New York Bridal Market, thus receiving more orders than any other newcomer designer had ever done. Through her Canadian boutiques and international reputation she has built the intrinsic brand behind the Justina McCaffrey Haute Couture label by dressing the daughters of leaders of government and business for their wedding days. Conde Nast Traveler described the brand as “a riot of swirling white silk”.

Justina frequently appears in the media. She has been featured as a cover story for many magazines including Globe and Mail’s Report of Small Business, and a variety of other TV and radio programs throughout Canada and the US. She is frequently asked to speak at domestic and international conferences such as (TedX), hosted by cultural think tanks, universities, religious forums, spiritual retreats, as well as fundraising and foundation events for the arts.

She has written for Convivium Magazine, has had a column for HuffingtonPost.com, and currently has a social column in Ottawa Life Magazine.

She resides in Ottawa with two of her grown up children and enjoys time with her friends, most of them being previous brides that she has worked with.