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Fashion Statement: Karyn Decore

The president of Decore Hotels says style is about grace and elegance

Feb 1, 2014

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Sometimes, father really does know best. At least, that’s how it’s worked out for Karyn Decore, the president of Decore Hotels. Twenty years ago she was working as an Edmonton-based attorney until her father asked her to help out with the family business that he had started in 1964. Today, the company operates two mid-market hotels in Jasper and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Decore, who co-owns Decore Hotels with her sister Nicole, says she’s never looked back.

Karyn Decore
Photograph Ryan Girard

On what sparks her imagination:
“I do a lot of traveling and that’s where I get my inspiration for everything. I don’t shop a lot in Edmonton because I’m busy working. When I’m traveling I shop, and I have a lot of things I’ve bought from markets in the street. I have a lot of designer stuff, and a lot of stuff that’s just handicrafts. But I buy something because I like it, not because of the name behind it.”

On why she likes dressing for winter:
“In the fall I was traveling in a lot of hot climates, and I really missed Edmonton because I love winter clothes. I know it sounds crazy, but I want to wear my boots, my tights and my winter dresses. There’s something about winter clothes that I think is really stylish.”

On what style means to her:
“It’s about grace and elegance, but at the same time you can’t take it too seriously. It’s about having fun no matter what situation you’re in. And style doesn’t have to be expensive, either – it can be whatever you want it to be.”

On the pleasures of wearing makeup:
“It really transforms someone. Putting on my makeup in the morning is a ritual for me. It’s like meditation. It’s just me in front of the mirror and I can think about my day.”

On her style icon:
“I’d have to say it’s Angelina Jolie. Her style changes according to where she is, and she dresses according to who she’s with. And I think that’s important – you don’t always have to be looking like a million bucks to look stylish.”


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