Diana C., Owner + Designer
Diana C., Diana Coatsworth Design, Owner + Designer
In the early 2000s Diana’s abundance of creativity led her to design and her handbag & accessories company Fly Ball Bags came to life. In 2014, Diana pursued formal design & technique training at George Brown College. Sixteen months later, she was awarded the Dean’s Medal for top GPA in the entire Arts & Design program. After 2 years of apprenticeship at Lea-Ann Belter Bridal and working in wardrobe in film & tv, it was time to launch her new business, Diana Coatsworth Design!
Diana has a varied artistic background, including more than 25 years’ experience in the arts, working in theatre & film as a professional actor, singer, dancer, choreographer & improviser. You might even recognize Diana from the small screen appearing in The Handmaid’s Tale, Murdoch Mysteries, The Romanoffs, The Detail and The Coroner.
Designed for Wonderkind gifting. Diana has created stylish eco-friendly drawstring bags, using 100% upcycled &/or scrap fabrics from her fashion line.
Why is community important to me?
This is simple, support. Community makes you feel supported. There are many aspects to the idea of community. Having people that you can talk to, share ideas and build relationships is so important. I think people want that now more than ever. As for my field in fashion, there are so many choices in retail but when you build a trusting relationship with a client, it’s special. People want to come back because there’s more to it than simply buying. I think that’s important.
I’ve always had to create on a daily basis. I can design, draft & sew myself, so I am always creating new designs.
Diana C., Diana Coatsworth Design, Owner & Designer
What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an entrepreneur?
Learning how to balance work and rest. There’s no way around the fact that running your own small business is majorly time consuming.It may be impossible to really ever have true balance. The daily “to do” list is endless!I’m giving myself more time now to do the things for my well-being that isn’t on my list, such as cooking a good meal, doing yoga, taking time off, knowing that it will always be better in the end.
What is the best part of what I do and why?
Besides my awesome clients, it’s being creative. I’ve always had to create on a daily basis. I can design, draft & sew myself, so I am always creating new designs. It’s remarkable at the end of a season the wide variety of designs I’ve got. Not all winners, but that’s ok. You’ve got to make a lot to find the good ones. So that’s what I love to do most, experiment. I’m only in my third year of my business and I attend all my shows to see my designs on different women, so I really see what works and how I can improve. I love what I do.