ABOUT THE COLLECTION
TUFF BANDIT by Sandy Gill
My dad has been working since I opened my eyes. Same with my mom.. she worked in the same factory, night shift for more years than I’ve been alive. They came to Canada with the single dream of providing their children with possibilities and dreams they did not have. Everything I’ve done to this point, whether it being a teacher, a stylist or a fashion icon (yea, I said it) the hustle is all because I watched them do it for so long and it’s in my blood.
Along the way people will make it hard for you and there will be countless challenges but my parents taught me to face each challenge with a smile and work your ass off and land with grace and then do it again. This is not just the story of my family, it is the story of thousands of people from various backgrounds who have all been around a working class hero at some point in their life. This hustle, this drive - IT GETS THE JOB DONE.
Her story is very much her own, but also inherently relatable to millions of people who have to work twice as hard for half as much. There is a consistent narrative in Western popular culture that suggests that you can do anything you want if you work hard and remain true to yourself. Being a ‘Tuff Bandit’ means acknowledging that while this may be fundamentally true, some folks experience additional obstacles, and need to rise above them with passion and resolve. Sandy’s story is only just beginning, and her Tuff Bandit brand is her call to action, for those who want to build with her.