a mix of different worlds influences world class design

Wilderness meets metropolis in one designer’s heart and mind.



Equally at home on a canoe trip in the wilds of Northern B.C. or walking the high-octane streets of Paris, renowned luxury designer Catherine Regehr loves contrasts.

A graduate in Fashion Design from the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (her hero Yves Saint Laurent among past alumni), Regehr worked as a designer in New York before returning home to the province. 

“It makes my life more dynamic to have these different worlds. I’ve always had a great sense of adventure,” avers Regehr, who creates, in her Vancouver office, elegant dresses worn by the likes of Bianca Jagger and Anjelica Huston as well as fashion for the home, from cushions to throws.

“I love repetitive form and shapes, whether it’s ripples on a lake or shale — and then the city has that level of energy.”

See how Regehr lives a contrasting life through her most coveted possessions. 


Catherine’s Picks

With great design and colours, Patagonia jackets are handy for her life trekking in the wilds of the Yukon. “Whenever I can, I go North to get away to a quieter environment.” While travelling, the jetsetter relies on Rimowa luggage in silver. During a trip to Alassio, Italy, she picked up these black framed Italia Independent sunglasses that turn to camouflage in the heat with their I-Thermic Coating. 

Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Volupté #3 lipstick and a spray of Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne illustrate her attraction to simple beauty: “I love this clean, uncomplicated scent.”

A fan of gardening, Regehr grows Iceland poppies (pictured) and rhubarb greens in her Northern home and roses in her Vancouver garden. Her taste for what’s comfortable, functional and practical is shown with this classic mid-century Womb’s Chair manufactured by Knoll and her Celine Trapeze handbag. But her fashion sense, and her outfits, really begin and end with her men’s Prada loafers – “No fancy buckles, please.”  

Photography by Milos Tosic