Leah Barrett, BSc

Leah Barrett


Leah Barrett joined the rapidly expanding apparel export industry in 1987 in Mumbai. She developed collections for major European retailers like El Corte, C&A, Marks and Spencer, as well as luxury brands like Lange and Jean-Claude Jitrois. French hand-embroidery has shaped her aesthetic and career. In Hong Kong, she worked for VF Asia (VF Corp) overseeing operations in South Asia, and other buying offices. She has worked in export development, product development and production control, travelling through Europe and Asia from design studios to factories and trade fairs. In Canada, she was a production manager for knitwear designer Robin Kay and Straton (London Fog). She launched Jabberdust in 2001 producing custom fabric for Canadian designers like Hoax Couture and David Dixon, and a line of soft accessories under the Jabberdust label sold at high end retailers like The Room, Andrews and Brian Bailey. She began teaching in 2011. In 2016, she began a Master’s degree in Sustainability to meet head on the challenges faced by the industry in the era of climate change.

Academic Credentials

BSc Textiles and Clothing, University of Mumbai, 1987MA (candidate) Sustainability Studies, Trent University (expected completion 2019)

Areas Of Specialization

Apparel Sourcing, Quality Control, World of Fashion (introductory), Issues in Sustainability, and Environmental Sustainability for Product Development.

Career Highlights

Export Merchandise Manager, Operations Supervisor, Production Manager, Purchasing and Scheduling Supervisor.

Other Activities

Youth leadership, Fashion career mentorship.