Creative, Resilient & Kindhearted!
Born in Russia, the creative gene was apparent in Juwels’ family as both parents were accomplished artists. From childhood, Juwels exhibited her strong creative talents as she entered The VDNKh Exhibition at age 15 where she competed against adults from all over the Soviet Union, winning the prestigious award of “The Best Graphic Designer in Russia”. Graduating with honors from the Moscow Art School, Juwel went on to become a flight attendant.
Upon moving to Canada, Juwels proved her true artistic diversity by working in different mediums including sculpting, painting, graphic design, photography and fashion design. Juwels has created portraits for such distinguished personalities such as Frank Stronach, Mel Lastman and Ed Mirvish, as well as creating covers for HOToronto Magaziine and jazz festivals.
Juwels’ eye for fashion was prominent in Toronto through her LeGardi Haute Couture collection. Juwels career was on the rise when in 2001, her life took a drastic turn due to a devastating car accident which left her with a broken back and neck. Juwels laid in bed for two straight years followed by ten years of recovery. During her long recovery, Juwels suffered financially and at one point left her homeless forcing her into the Toronto streets during the harsh Canadian winter.
However, Juwels’ strong character helped her battle through adversity and after a lengthy hiatus, Juwels has again shared her artistic talent by creating fashion garments and chocolate creations that astonished the audience at the 2019 Chocolate Ball’s “Cocouture” Fashion Show in Toronto. Juwels is now creating uniquely designed pocket squares for the well dressed man.
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Youtube: Chocolate Fashion Show 2019 –