Having parents involved in fashion design, Deborah was surrounded by textiles from a very young age. As a teen, she rummaged through flea markets and thrift stores looking for vintage textiles and lace, not realizing her passion for textiles would evolve into a life-long career, starting with a degree in textile design from the Ontario College of Art and Design. For more than two decades Deborah worked as VP of Design for an international company designing fabric, bedding, wallcovering and area rugs. She has developed collections for celebrities including Martha Stewart and Jaclyn Smith and has been a member and chair holder of Color Marketing Group for many years. Looking for a new challenge, Deborah welcomed the opportunity to join Northcott as Design Director. "In addition to creating my own collections under the Northcott brand, the privilege of collaborating with and supporting designers from various disciplines continues to be an exciting journey".