Bio

Rod PhilpottRODNEY PHILPOTT

After graduating from the Academy of Design, and becoming the key buyer for a large jean retail chain, Rod Philpott founded SHKANK INC a wearable couture fashion house focused on creating original, fun, and outrageous pieces for club kids, and fabulous people alike. Twenty five years later, Rod’s knack for dreaming to life one of a kind, over the top designs that appeal to the fun side in everyone has led his pieces to be seen and featured everywhere from NBCʼs Miss Universe Pageant, to the So You Think You Can Dance stage, the Grammy/Oscar Awards Red Carpet and the Designer Fashion Showcase’s blue carpet in Bay Roberts Newfoundland (just to name a few).

His always head turning, not for the faint of heart pieces have also been featured on ET Canada, the cover of TV Guide, the cover of ZINK Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine, CBCʼs hit show “How do you solve a problem like Maria”, the feature dance flick Honey with Jessica Alba, and CTVʼs Juno Awards amongst others. Rod’s designs have matured but have never lost the fun appeal of being a woman and being your own person.

Rod’s designs have matured but have never lost the fun appeal of being a woman and being your own person.

Rod has filmed a reality tv show called Wedding Dress Wars in 2012. Not only did he wow the producers and the watching audience he won the heart of the bride when she chose his design as her wedding dress. His wedding dresses have brought tears to the eyes of fathers while his prom dresses promise fathers that one day they will be giving away their daughters on their wedding day. Rod’s bridal vision has been published in Today’s Bride as well as Elegant Wedding magazine.

Heʼs been honoured with designing for the Stephen Lewis AIDS Dare to Wear Love charity fashion show in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was selected to be a designer for the Cashmere White Collection 2012 to fight breast cancer. He was than asked to return in 2013 and design for the Cashmere White Collection’s 10th anniversary. Rod has focused his time on participating in charity fashion show fundraisers as a way to give back to the community. He feels a warmth of self accomplishment when he can bring creativity and beauty to many heart wrenching causes. Rod’s favourite causes include Community Living Cambridge”s “Fabulous Fashions Redesigned”, Stephen Lewis AIDS Dare to Wear Love and the Cashmere Breast Cancer design competition. Rod continues to share his talent with local university and college students looking to intern for their fashion careers while he creates his one of a kind designs for women who refuse to settle for the sake of beauty.

JENESSA O’TOOLE

Jenessa has been designing her own vision of women’s clothing since the age of 16. She learnt the appreciation of sewing from her Grandmother and has never lost the love her Grandmother had for the art of creating clothing.

Jenessa O'Toole She started off her career by creating tote bags for her friends during high school. She had a small line of women’s clothing in Twisted Sister for a season. This made it clear to Jenessa that she wanted to design clothing on a full time basis.  Jenessa graduated from the College of the North Atlantic in 2015 with her Diploma in the Textiles: Craft and Apparel Program. She majored in Apparel and Surface Embellishment. She won an internship with Rodney in her first year of college and earned her full time position as Assistant Designer after it.

We are excited to see Jenessa open her imagination and creativity to have her own line of wedding dresses in the studio in the not so distant future