Girlboss Interview with Canadian Designer Judith Desjardins –

Girlboss Interview with Canadian Designer Judith Desjardins


The designer behind BODYBAG by jude, Judith Desjardins, draws her inspiration from  nightlife. She used to spend time in university partying at clubs and raves; inspired by what she saw, she carved out a niche for herself in fashion. Today, her collections feature straight and comfortable cuts, that are both edgy and feminine. Check out the answers that the Canadian designer gave us for our Girlboss questionnaire!

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Definitely a night owl.

What is the piece you like the most in your wardrobe?

It depends on the moment. These days, it is the Euston dress by BODYBAG. It’s comfortable and chic enough to wear to work or for an evening out. You can easily layer it to create different looks.

Where do you go for drinks?

At 132 Vintage Bar. It’s one of the best cocktail bars in the city. The level of experience of the bartenders and the quality of the cocktails are exceptional. It’s also two blocks from my house, so I walk there!

Where do you like to shop?

BODYBAG by Jude on Bernard or General 54 on St-Laurent.

Who is your feminine icon?

My mother, she is the most determined, resourceful and organized person I know.

High heels or flats?

Flats! Otherwise I cheat with platforms.

What makes you smile?

My daughter’s antics.

Your favorite restaurant?

I like to try new places. But a classic for me for a long time is Patatipatata, they make the best fish ‘n chips! I like St. Urbain too.

What do you think is the greatest difficulty facing women in 2019?

For me,being a girl has never been an obstacle, but I am always surprised to see that there is still so much misogyny in society, and even in the collective unconscious.

What’s the last book you read? 

Le Parfum, by Patrick Süskind

What place(s) would you like to visit on your next trip?

Vietnam, Guadeloupe, Japan, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Joshua Tree in California, Barcelona, Sri Lanka and many more!

Do you have a mantra or a motto in life?

It’s going to be okay.

What is the one item that never leaves your purse?

I don’t like handbags!  My phone is my purse. I just look forward to one day being able to unlock my car and my house with it!

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I did not study in fashion.

What would you like to see as a change affecting women in 2019?

The last year was marked by the #metoo movement, which shows that there is still too much abuse of power. I hope that this beginning of change will bring more respect and equality to women for generations to come.

What would you like to do more often?


What advice would you give to women today?

Anything is possible with willpower.

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