Day in the Life - Anjli Patel

As a fashion lawyer and trademark agent, Anjli Patel helps indie designers commercialize their work and protect their intellectual property. A diehard devotee of all things fashion and design, she founded her own firm, blue chip fashion, in 2015. When she isn’t working with clients, she’s advocating for Canadian designers and artists, mentoring startups at Ryerson’s Fashion Zone and serving on advisory committees at the Power Plant, Art Gallery of Ontario and Gardiner Museum.

7:30 a.m. “I wake up and make chai tea, which I drink religiously every day. I’ve already steeped the spices the night before, and in the morning I add them to my mug of orange pekoe. Then I’ll blend myself a smoothie and go for a jog around my neighbourhood. Then I’ll throw on a simple white tshirt with the Pencil Pant, and sit down to work.”


10 a.m. “About two-thirds of the time, I work from home—I call them “desk days,” which I save for drafting, reviewing documents and written advocacy. I’m at my desk by 10, but I’ve usually begun answering emails well before that. It’s hard to keep away from my phone!”

 

1 p.m. “Lunch with a client. I’ll throw on my black Grayes blazer dress over my t-shirt and trousers, throw on some heels, and head out the door. If I’m not meeting at their office, it’ll be at Soho House, where I’ve been a member for the past couple of years. I love their salad bar—it’s more than just a pile of lettuce, it’s a hearty buffet spread. If I stop by for coffee in the afternoon, I’ll usually have a flat white and a chocolate chip cookie.”


3 p.m. “I’ll head over to do some legal research at Osgoode Hall, where I studied entertainment law. The Great Library is this epic, Harry Potter-esque space, one of the most beautiful in the city.”

6:30 p.m. “Dinner with my husband (Parambir Keila, one of Toronto’s Best-Dressed). I might
wear the blazer dress open for a more relaxed look, or I’ll switch it up by wearing it as a sleek wrap dress with a big, bold earring. We’re on a bit of a French food kick right now—I love Cafe Cancan’s smoked sturgeon rillette, which comes in a little can along with some flatbread garnished with onions, parsley and chili.”


8 p.m. “We love going to art openings. One of my favourite annual events is ArtToronto, the
international contemporary art fair. We’ll head to the opening night preview party, or go on a tour of a private collection.”

 

 

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