Roma Kulyk (nee Hupaliwska) is a Canadian fashion designer of Ukrainian heritage. She grew up in Montreal and started taking sewing lessons when she was 12 years old. Ms. Kulyk received various degrees from Concordia University, including Political Science, Eastern European Studies, Business Administration, Economics and Design. Upon graduation, she landed a job at The Hudson’s Bay Company where she gained experience in various areas of fashion retail
Ms. Kulyk moved to Toronto in the 1980s, and at the time was heading The Bay’s buying department for Women’s Fashion. For a decade, she travelled to the fashion capitals of the world, such as London, Paris, Milan, Florence and Hong Kong, hand picking designer lines to be featured in the stores. Eventually, she moved from The Bay to Forsyth, a company that manufacturers for private labels, such as Pierre Cardin and Daniel Hechter. From this role, Ms. Kulyk gained exposure to material sourcing, manufacturing and distribution on top of her experience in design and merchandise buying.
In the early 2000s, Ms. Kulyk left her corporate position to pursue her life-long dream of creating her own label. After four-years of intense planning, she opened her Toronto boutique situated on Queen St. W., housed in a fully renovated historic building. Ms. Kulyk named her label Roma Rush. The word “Rush” has many meanings to her, she hopes that her patrons would feel a certain kind of delightful rush when seeing and sporting her garments, and at the same time, this word wittily jabs at the fashion industry for its fast-moving and demanding culture.