On The Rise: Parts + Labor

On The Rise: Parts + Labor

Photography: Meaghan Baxter  Styling: Tanya, The Upside + Jennifer, Parts + Labor, Hair: Sue Thompson, Makeup: Artists Within Academy, Models: The Nobles

The Rise >>> P+L was founded in 2017 by Jennifer Mehalko. With an extensive background in interior design and over a decade of leading yoga and movement classes around the globe, the brand was born from a pairing of Jennifer’s fiery obsessions. The PARTS: the tangibles we use to express ourselves and how we share our style story with the world + The LABOR: the heart-work; the grit and the love we put in to create a life worth living. Parts + Labor creates ready-to-wear luxe athletic and nostalgic re-invented vintage pieces, jewelry, scents and leather accessories. All proudly manufactured in her hometown, Calgary, Canada.

Parts + Labor in a few words…

Elevation. love. inspiration. connection. electric, contagious positivity + big bold style.

On how it all started…

I am lover of love + connection with an obsession for all things intentional + unique.  I have been in an interior designer for over 15 years, a movement teacher for nearly 10 years + launched my first lifestyle collection just over 3 years ago!  I have been back in Calgary for just about 10 years + have LOVED growing this new dream in this spirited, supportive city.

Describing P+L to new friends and faces…

Parts + Labor is determined to elevate, empower, disrupt + challenge the fashion stigmas, leading with positivity + WILD LOVE.  we story-tell, create + collaborate with intention + our limited edition apparel capsules are symbolic of heart + originality.

Gets her jumping out of bed in the AM…

I carve time with + for the things that fuel me. The connections; friendships + relationships you hold whether personal or professional will adjust + grow organically + accordingly. My schedule is, to this day, full to the brim with creating intentionally – whether that is interiors, garments, movement classes or community … I have learned from mis-steps + failures + am STILL honing my awareness for what direction feels best to travel next.


“I am up in here just practicing LIFE.  Taking the time EVERYDAY to check in with myself in the here + now + navigate from there with what I need + what I have to give. Often times we operate from a place of lack + a need to fill the spaces + the voids with SOMETHING – I am learning to LOVE these voids + spaces in between …. realizing that the space for me creates a BIGGER, fuller life.”

Best resale find…

Hard one, but It’s gotta be my Brogue Gucci Boots from The Upside, or repurposed LV chain choker from A Current Affair Vintage Market, Los Angeles a few years back.

Tune-in 20-year-old self…

Don’t mistake one moment in life as THE defining thing in your life…  I spent time confusing that only one thing defined me, which essentially limited me to moving forward in everything in life.  I walked away from a business partnership that wasn’t meant to be … I thought that was IT, but then realized that it was always meant to be a stepping stone to something bigger for me.  Overcoming this was + still is, allowing myself the space to heal + get still enough to listen + feel for what I need next.  If I am not fuelling my own desires, how can I possibly be of service to others?!

What to expect in P+L’s future…

Global creative take-over!! HA!  I am in the midst of phasing out my current freelance design company [found design group] + will be launching a new division of P+L called ENVIRONMENTS by Parts + Labor that will capture my passion for curating incredible spaces!! 






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