Instructor, Make Change Studio
As a lifelong resident of the rainy city Stephanie Ostler launched her clothing company, Devil May Wear, straight out of high school immediately attracting international attention and sales. By the time she was 30 she had 3 successful retail locations including Granville Island, Main Street, and Fan Tan Alley in Victoria. Devil May Wear has been voted Vancouver’s Best Local Designer Clothing Store for 3 years and was voted runner up prior for 5. Working with mostly sustainable fabrics she produces her designs in Vancouver which she has sold in stores as far as Hong Kong and The Netherlands. Through Devil May Wear Stephanie supports high school students with valuable job experience and mentorship and has worked with teen mothers to provide the skills they need to go out into the workforce. She uses her entrepreneurial expertise to help launch startups, speaks about being a designer and entrepreneur at various events in order to inspire young people and the community at large, and runs small seminars about starting your own business.
In 2013, she did a TEDx talk called “The Luxury to Buy Better” where she spoke about buying sustainably. Stephanie is a member of the environmental committee of the University Women’s Club of Vancouver, is currently the treasurer and was previously the president of the Granville Island Business Association, has sat on the boards such as the Canadian Club of Vancouver, was a mentor with YELL in West Vancouver Secondary School. She recently stepped down as Vice President of ArdorCare, a biomed provider of creative innovations supporting Canada’s aging population which plans to launch publicly in 2019. She is passionate about utilizing the skills of under-employed populations to give everyone a chance to contribute meaningfully and to educate young people about entrepreneurship to inspire the next generation not to wait for tomorrow but to bring a fresh perspective to the city today.