Established in 2010, Christopher Paunil was created to make women feel their most beautiful and powerful, from their big day to any day of the week. Offering both bridal wear and ready-to-wear design to brides and women of all backgrounds, Christopher Paunil’s philosophy is simple: meticulous design and production for the contemporary woman.
Christopher Paunil is an actively involved designer, present in every stage of imagining and executing a design, who is most passionate about making beautiful, memorable garments. Working from the age of 14, he has had ample experience in many aspects of the fashion industry, from pattern making to uniform and costume design, to teaching in non-profit and educational environments. He is best known for taking a client’s ideas and designing for women’s bodies, shapes, and assets, and is insistent on immaculate fit and construction. Chris has a major penchant for flowers, watching people fight on YouTube, wigs, colourful, pretty and sometimes sparkly things, and most importantly, LGBTQ rights. If he weren’t a fashion designer, he’d opt to be a spy (how do you know he isn’t??).
Chalo Hancock is the strategic and business brainpower behind Christopher Paunil, bringing his experience as an Executive Director, familiarity with building something from nothing, and general prowess in operations into the company. With a remarkable strength in logistics, Chalo is responsible for the overall direction of growth for Christopher Paunil. He is an honest, open communicator who is inspired by the art and science of the fashion industry, intrigued by the future of design. When Chalo isn’t building programs in the non-profit sector and working on Christopher Paunil, he is busy fantasizing about renting yachts, living in the forest with nothing but a bucket and a positive outlook, and plotting his next Jet Fuel run.
Since 2009, Christopher and Chalo have been involved in developing the UforChange fashion program. Paunil has mentored over 150 youth spanning 11 cohorts. A program unique in the city, this hands-on intimate program exposes young people to design, pattern drafting, cutting, and sewing. Students source their fabrics and deliver a semi-annual showcase where they both model their designs and curate a small collection for the runway. The program garnered such respect that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the studio during his 2012 Diamond Jubilee visit to Toronto.
At their core, both Christopher and Chalo believe that giving back and paying it forward helps make the world a better place.