Entin Gartini, The Best Desaigner Ottawa Award 2021


My name is Entin Gartini, and I am a fashion designer. I didn’t achieve this the regular way; I didn’t go to college to learn all about the craft. I started from scratch, at the bottom and I earned the right to call myself a self-made fashion designer.

In 2011 I married the love of my life, David. However, he wasn’t ‘the guy next door’. He is Canadian, and I am originally from Semarang, Indonesia.

To be together and live life to the fullest with the love of my life at my side, I moved to Montreal, Canada.At the moment I am a very proud mother of 3 beautiful children.

My life turned upside down when I moved to Canada and changed drastically. These changes have advantages as well as disadvantages.

I finally got to pursue my dream and become a fashion designer. Although, I didn’t have the money to pursue my dream immediately.

I started working at a restaurant full time, to provide for my family and make sure my kids were properly dressed and well-fed.

I started drawing during my daybreak time at work and post it on instagram everyday. And many stranger write me message that they want my design into real cloths. I was over the moon at that time and the same time I am so confuse how to make my drawing become real cloths since my drawing have many detail and artistic. Since that day I drawing purposely and know how to find the fabric and how to make in real cloths.

Each time I received my paycheck, I tried to deduct some of my salaries to save for fashion design books, I collected free things from the internet and implemented this into my business.

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