About Whitney Westwood


Raised by a Montreal-born literary publisher and a Toronto art therapist, Whitney learned style at home with parents who enjoyed travel, culture, entertaining, and fashion in equal measure. In the 1980s, the Westwoods brought Hermès to Toronto, launching a flagship boutique in the city’s Hazelton Lanes.

Spending summers at their home in the South of France, the family jaunted along the coast, their children tucked into the back seat of a vintage 1930s, Citroën. Wandering the cobblestone streets of Nice and Porto Ercole, exploring the galleries of St Paul de Vence, touring Provence on restaurant hopping road trips, and later, mixing it up in the beachy hotspots of St Tropez, Whitney was gifted with an innate sense for stylish living.

Well-travelled and fluent in French, Whitney was signed to Elite as a teenager and worked internationally for prestige labels from Jean Paul Gaultier, Céline, and Ralph Lauren, to Calvin Klein. Her modeling career followed by stints in PR and Event Planning, Whitney debuted her signature brand in 2012, taking inspiration from the laissez-faire elegance of the Mediterranean coast that had long been her second home.

"I’ve always loved the everyday chic of the Cote D’Azur. Off-the-cuff, yet effortlessly stylish,” says Whitney. That attitude and lifestyle is the creative muse for our collections. We work exclusively with fine linen, as it’s essentially the official fabric of the Riviera. So central to fashion and décor, it just reminds me of being there and all the lovely times I've had"
 
"I was always captivated by the relaxed everyday chic of the Cote D’Azur. Casual and off-the-cuff, yet effortlessly stylish.”
 

About The Company

Whitney Linen launched with a collection of Riviera-inspired womenswear at Toronto Fashion Week in 2012 with Franciska Veress as Head Designer. Capped with a selection of seed pearl accented evening gowns, the brand’s runway debut won praise for its innovative approach to a traditional fabric.

Featured in Flare, The Globe & Mail, Virtuoso Life, and style segments for the television program, CityLine, Whitney Linen soon expanded into a wide-ranging lifestyle brand. Producing S/S and Resort wear for men and women, along with tabletop linens and a signature product line. Annual collections now range from classic home and wardrobe staples to striking seasonal pieces that emphasize the brand’s modern take on linen.