Erika Eriksson is a fashion designer who sold her own high-end clothing brands for women and children from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s. Since 2007, she has worked exclusively on producing made-to-measure robes for lawyers and judges.
A native of Sweden, Erika Eriksson began working in the fashion industry in the early 1980s as a stylist, pattern maker and designer for various Montreal manufacturers. In 1988, she launched her own label of women’s suits and coats under the name Jazzie by Erika. Two years later, she changed markets and began selling children’s clothing under the brand Erika Eriksson Childrenswear.
Her collections, which focussed on coats, were sold in major Canadian and American department stores, including Barneys New York, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Her creations were designed and produced in Quebec.
In 2007, a friend who was a lawyer suggested that she create made-to-measure robes. She has devoted her career to this activity ever since. Her showroom is located on St. Lawrence Boulevard in Montreal. Although her clientele is largely from Quebec, some orders come from other provinces. For example, in the spring of 2015, she was asked to redesign and produce the robes for all the judges on the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, the highest court in the province.
Madeleine Goubau, Contributor