Susie Wall

A Jill of all trades, Susie Wall is a successful entrepreneur as one of Canada’s go-to style experts. She’s a regular on the red carpet interviewing leading ladies like Cate Blanchett and Jessica Chastain, and is a familiar face to Vancouver locals on and off screen – she was one of the honoured few to grace Nordstrom Vancouver’s billboard store launch campaign, photographed by famed photographer Jake Rosenberg of The Coveteur. We caught up with the effortlessly cool Susie Wall to talk style, beauty and being a role model.

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Can you tell us about yourself, where did you grow up?

I grew up in Victoria, British Columbia and the Gulf Islands. Island girl, through and through.

Tell us about your evolution as a stylist. How did it start?

It started long before I was getting paid to do it.

Describe your style in three words.

Dressed-up tomboy.

What essentials should every woman have in their closet?

We all wear so many hats in so many different arenas, so answering the every woman piece is tough. But for me? Faded R13 denim, worn-in flat black studded boots, a perfect white tee, an oversized black blazer and handfuls of gigantic gold and black rings. For me it’s about contrast, texture and scale.

What 2018 fashion trends are you most excited for?

I’ve never let the exaggerated shoulder go, so I’m happy to see its return. Each season I’m excited to see how people individualize their wardrobes – how they make what they’re into their own. People always ask me what I think is cool? That is cool.

Tell us about being a style ambassador for Nordstrom Vancouver. It must have been surreal to see yourself on billboards around town!

Working with Nordstrom was amazing. And it was cute to get selfie texts from my friends and their kids high-fiving my billboard at International Arrivals at YVR Airport. I always knew who was in town!

A veteran on the red carpet, which actress(es) were your favourite to interview and why?

Most of them won’t surprise you – Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Jessica Chastain, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Matt Damon, the list goes on. The quintessential movie stars who ooze this sense of old world elegance. They’re also the people who you just know, treat everyone on every set with respect.

You’ve been blonde, brunette to sporting super gorgeous golden copper hair. How would you describe your hair evolution?

You know what they say, a woman who changes her hair is about to change her life. I am proof of that.

What’s your go-to daily hairstyle? Any style tips and tricks?

Hair down, air dried and finished with my arsenal of AG favourites. In my work life my hair is very styled, so when I’m off-duty I go for a natural vibe.

You travel extensively for work, what are your travel essentials?

I’m writing this from an airport right now! My AG Natural travel kit is a must – plus my black Rimowa suitcases, E-Z travel steamer, Vans, James Perse sweats, Dries Van Noten brogues, black Yohji overcoat and Byredo’s Gypsy Water.

You are very much involved philanthropically in your community. You were a founding member of The Good Soup Truck and served two terms on the board of Cause We Care. Tell us the importance of giving back and being a strong female role model.

I have two little girls to raise and I was brought up around sensational women and men. But I love the expression – ‘My mother was my first country. The first place I ever lived.’ My mum is the brightest, most centred human being I have ever known. I wake up every day knowing that, and that alone gave me a pretty good head start.

Photo credit: Farah Nosh, Britney Gill and Jake Rosenberg.