#DrakeDreams: Joyce Lo, Drake General Store Co-Founder

Posted by Drake, August 02, 2016

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Joyce Lo

If you've ever walked into a Drake General Store, then you'll know that immediate feeling of nostalgia + charm that ever so quickly warms you from head to toe. For this you can thank the equal parts chic + quirky, Joyce Lo, Co-founder/Head Buyer for DGS. Get to know the curator responsible for a few of your favourite + faboulous things for this week's #DrakeDreams.

Joyce Lo

1. What does the Drake mean to you?

Drake means a place where ideas brew always with an eye to reinvent and define even if that means travelling the road less travelled.
  

2. How does working at the Drake inspire you to follow your dreams?

Working with all the different people that make up Drake inspires me to follow my dreams - everyone has a unique story, which inspires me to stay true to my own.
  

3. What do you love most about what you do?

I love discovering new talent and in some cases, bringing the work to a new audience.
  

4. How do you feel when others get inspired by your work?

I think people get inspired by the talent we showcase rather than my work itself.
  

5. Why do you wake up and do what you love?

Because I have an insatiable desire to see new things.

Joyce Lo

6. What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Kids and coffee.
  

7. Describe your ideal day.

coffee / farmers market / tacos / maker market / pasta / antique market / champagne + oysters
   

8. Tell us 3 random facts about yourself.

Editor of highschool / terrible writer / buffy the vampire slayer fan
  

9. What's something people would be surprised to learn about you?

I was a Druid in a past life.
  

10. Where in Toronto do you feel most creative?

I feel most creative in Kensington Market - it retains a very authentic vibe of different ages and cultures living and working side by side, not particularly influenced by current trends.
 

11. Why do you love Toronto?

The food.
 

12. In what ways you do see yourself improving in your work?

With so many ways to influence these days - I think learning to filter is key for me in order to improve my work.

Joyce Lo

13. What do you when you hit a life roadblock? How do you get past that?

Think bigger picture / ask the universe
   

14. What's one important thing you've learned, that you could have only learned through experience?

Its important to do the grunt work - it makes you understand the process better and it gains the respect of your peers.
  

15. What are some goals you’ve yet to accomplish?

Learning a craft with my hands ie: quilting/macrame/pottery
  

16. What’s #1 on your bucket list?

Time travel

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