Signed by Dahliah (SBD)
Courtney Reid is a Black fashion designer. She is the CEO and founder of Signed by Dahliah. Although she was born in Ottawa, Canada in 1989, as a youth she was hugely impacted by her Jamaican heritage. Courtney’s inspiration comes from all around her. Specifically, she has been influenced from her memories of the vibrant and picturesque landscape that she observed on her many trips to Jamaica. Other sources have been the unique and colourful plants and flowers, especially dahlias, cultivated in her grandmothers’ gardens in Jamaica and Canada.
The name ‘Signed by Dahliah’ is an homage to her grandmother Dahliah. When she was a child, Dahliah taught her the basics of painting and sewing. Since then, Courtney has had a passion for the arts and for creating fashion.
Courtney graduated George Brown College, in the Fashion Techniques and Design program with awards for Academic Excellence and Pattern Drafting. During her time at George Brown, she won a scholarship position for a two-month intern position at the fashion headquarters of Daniela Dallavalle in Italy. Courtney created and presented a mini collection for the George Brown Threads Fashion Show the year she graduated. Courtney also has an Honours degree with a specialization in English and minor in Business from the University of Ottawa. More recently, she received an award of Excellence from the Black Designers of Canada.
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE recipient - Black Designers of Canada
PATTERN DRAFTING AWARD recipient – George Brown Fashion and Design College
STUDIO 7 AWARD recipient - George Brown Fashion and Design College
SBD is committed to giving back to African Caribbean Canadian Black Community Organizations.
SBD donated fanny packs for the 2020 Alliance of Educators for Black Students silent auction and recently donated illustration prints and fanny packs to the community organization Revolution Now.
During the COVID Pandemic, SBD donated 100 handmade masks to the Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association