The Genteel
February 24, 2017

Olga Kwak

The first thought that came to mind upon seeing the images from Orla Kiely's S/S 2012 show was that of a fresh-faced young girl. The girl that Kiely designs for is so virginal, she could very well be a milkmaid. If I had grown up on a farm as a fresh-faced young milkmaid, I would certainly have been the kind to regularly slip away at sundown to lie in the haystacks and listen to music.

By Olga Kwak

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Olga Kwak

Toronto Canada

Olga Kwak is a Toronto-based jazz singer, who contributes to The Genteel on all matters fashion and music.  She studies privately with vocal coach Tom Schilling, a former Curtis Institute instructor, and has taken jazz workshops in Toronto and France. While she sings mainly jazz, she’ll really sing anything you’ll let her. In her “spare” time, she’s also a digital marketer and a writer. She lives a self-indulgent life with an orange tabby named Trotsky.

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