Hello, welcome to SCW!

An image of the author in her workshop, wearing an apron, standing beside a chair being refinished.

Welcome to Suite City Woman (SCW). I’m Roxanne, upholstery designer, small business owner and blogger. SCW is a site where I support and feature all things LeCaShe (pronounced Le-Ca-shay), an acronym I created which stands for Local economy, Craftspeople and Artist, and Second-hand economy. I believe that you can make incredibly creative spaces by supporting some or all the LeCaShe principles.

Supporting LeCaShe is a step away from mass-produced, cheaply made goods and opting for a creatively curated life. The benefits are stronger communities and neighbourhoods, reduction of your carbon footprint, building relationships with craftspeople and artists, better buying experiences and even saving you money.

SCW will also serve as a platform to highlight the pieces I craft as an upholstery designer and craftsperson under the Hollis Newton (HN) brand. HN is a product line that promotes well-crafted, small-scale production, artisanal products. Wherever possible, I use scrap leather and natural sustainable fibers in my upholstery pieces. I also utilize the second-hand economy to obtain furniture pieces that I later reupholster or restore.

About the SCW title. Music plays a big role in my life, you’ll see it rewound throughout my blog. I love R&B, 70’s rock, jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, house, reggae, dancehall, soca, calypso, African beats. There’s bound to be tunes spinning in the background or streaming in my headphones as I work my way through a project. Little wonder, it’s to music that I found my blog title, a play on words from the song “Sweet City Woman”, a hit by Canadian rock band The Stampeders in 1971.

Note: All photography on this site is credited to its source. If anyone wishes to remove or correct source, kindly contact me.

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