“These are the things I love, things I’ve worn. I get more compliments on accessories than anything else. I think they’re kind of like herbs and spices. They give zest and zing to an outfit.”

(Iris Apfel)

Hello and welcome to Maple And Oak Designs!

  • Maple And Oak Designs is mostly me, Leonie. Since 2012, I make colourful fashion accessories and home decor for people who believe in maximalism.
  • Inspired by vintage fashions, flowers, dots and stripes, I work with reclaimed, vintage and eco-friendly fabrics.
  • Everything is painstakingly handmade by myself in small batches in my home studio in Quebec City.

But let me tell you a bit more about what brought me here: I was always the kind of person who loves colourful, sometimes eccentric clothes and bold accessories. With that fashion sense comes usually a healthy sense of adventure. So after finishing my university degree in History and English, I went off to explore the world.

Australia, Canada, Latin America & Europe, so much excitement! But after a few years, I found myself back home in Germany teaching. While I love teaching (and still teach languages a few hours per week), it just wasn’t enough to quench my thirst for creativity. That’s when Maple And Oak Designs was born. I spent a few years in Western Canada, playing in the Rockies, making friends in Calgary and exhibiting at artisan markets all over Alberta & the Prairies before moving out East to Quebec. My husband is from “La Belle Province” and it was time for a change. Since then, I’ve been practising my French, honing my creative skills and having fun with a colourful, maximalist lifestyle.

My three favourite accessories

  1. Big earrings
  2. Headbands
  3. Bangles

My three favourite crafts

  1. Sewing
  2. Drawing
  3. Pottery

My three favourite Maple And Oak products

  1. Summer: the Rockabilly Headband
  2. Winter: the Walkstoff Collection
  3. Travel: the Sleep Mask