New clothing line spotlights French speaking, small Sask. communities

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The target collection pays homage to popular tourist attractions like the Cochin Lighthouse and Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.

LeBlanc’s Fransaskois line includes clever French expressions like “T’es dans le champ de patates!”. A similar expression in English is “You’re on your way to lunch!”

LeBlanc now lives in Saskatoon and works full-time as a festival director for Cinergie at the Francophone Federation of Saskatoon and as a communications agent at the Fransaskois Seniors Federation.

She works on Sunny Sky Apparel on weekdays and weekends. LeBlanc added that the pandemic saved a lot of time, time she would normally spend with friends and travel beforehand.

“It was a great way to use my time,” said LeBlanc.

She runs the business alone, but works with two different companies that print and ship the clothes.

LeBlanc’s responsibilities include creating the designs, updating the website, and covering social media and customer service. She anticipates business will pick up, but right now she’s doing well.

LeBlanc has had the Sunny Sky website active since January, but kept it at its lowest point while optimizing the website. Her mother eventually shared a photo of the clothes on Facebook, and LeBlanc received 12 to 13 orders from that post alone.

She said things had snowed in from there, and business has since started after LeBlanc shared the deal on her Facebook profile four days ago.

“I wanted to have my own place in the clothing world. I obviously didn’t want to have too much duplication with anyone because we all have our own ideas, ”said LeBlanc. “I thought the French aspect really adds a unique aspect to my brand.”

You can find Sunny Sky Apparel online at https://sunnyskyapparel.ca/ or on Facebook and Instagram at @sunnyskyapparel

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