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Grey Goose Notable: Dean Davidson

It was travel that inspired Dean Davidson’s journey to his current passion and career choice as one of Canada’s most notable jewellery designers. Find out how an escape to South Africa from the Manitoba farm life played a role in Dean's professional development in this week's Grey Goose Notable feature

Grey Goose Notable young professionals and entrepreneurs are influential tastemakers who have made it beyond their years and, though their careers are still evolving, are now able to enjoy the success and the life they have created. These selected individuals share how they got to where they are today, how they are able to enjoy what they have earned, where they love to travel, how they entertain and how they celebrate all that life has to offer. It was travel that inspired Dean Davidson’s journey to his current passion and career choice as one of Canada’s most notable jewellery designers. 

Dean Davidson’s jewellery is found in some of North America’s most coveted boutiques, in the pages of famous publications, and on some of Hollywood’s most famous bodies. Hailing from a family of dairy farmers, Davidson grew up far from the spotlight, on a farm in Manitoba, and worked for years as a specialist in crops, grain and farming techniques. It was a life-altering trip to South Africa that accelerated his passion into jewellery when he grew intrigued and inspired by the local adornment and culture. Davidson started making bracelets once back home in Canada, with his initial designs including leather cuffs crafted out of old belts, which he sold at a local store in Calgary. Before long he crossed paths with designer Paul Hardy, a meeting that would change Davidson’s life when he was asked to design jewellery for his Spring 2006 show. The first fourteen-piece collection he created for Paul was shown at New York Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week and was picked up at Holt Renfrew. He worked on various pieces for six seasons of Hardy’s collection and, though the two have since parted ways, Davidson’s success continues to soar. Made with materials of sterling silver, 18-karat gold and semi-precious gemstones, Davidson launched his own collection in 2007 and the pieces are now sold at prestigious retailers like Holt Renfrew, Harvey Nichols, Fred Segal and Henri Bendel.

If there was one location everyone must see, what would it be?
Kruger National Park in South Africa. I was on a safari there and it was one of the most incredible experiences I have had. It truly was one of those eye-opening trips that really puts things into perspective.  

What is your general perspective on life? Advice for fellow young professionals?  
Always remain passionate about what you want in life and focus on the details, as the details are what will make you successful. 

Who do you admire most?
To be honest, my mom. She raised four children to become very successful and confident self-starters. She helped shape who I am and keeps me grounded. 

Why were the early stages of your career worth what you are now able to enjoy?
The challenges I faced early on helped me develop my strong business acumen. This allowed me to take my abilities as a designer and make them marketable, giving me the skills to transition from a designer with a few pieces to the leader of an internationally recognized brand.

What makes the best host at a dinner party? 
Someone who is able to enjoy their own party. A lot of people get caught up in the prep and become disconnected from their guests.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Right now I would say Grand Electric in Toronto. I love the laidback atmosphere and the food is amazing. 

What’s your favourite drink? 
My drink of choice right now is a flavoured Grey Goose vodka and soda. I find it very clean and refreshing. 

One thing always in your fridge?
Milk. I drink tons of it. 

Do you cook?
I try not to!  

How do you stay fit and healthy? 
I lift weights 3x a week and I have started working P90X into the mix for cardio. I think staying active is key to having a clear head. 

What is your ideal Sunday?
In the summer, it is a day at the beach or a bike ride along the water. I also like to connect with friends on Sunday after a busy week.

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