Asian Heritage Month ft Maggie Li

Asian Heritage Month ft Maggie Li

If you've never heard of Atelier Eli, you'll have to check it out...TODAY! Maggie is the skilled leather craft creator behind this local brand. Learn what being Asian-Canadian means to her!


1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

My name is Maggie Li. I am a Chinese Canadian leather craft woman based in Vancouver. My brand Atelier Eli is a one-woman-owned and operated business specializing in made-to-order leather handbags and accessories. 


2. What does being Asian-Canadian mean to you?

When I was young, being Asian made me feel invisible and inferior.  I didn't have the confidence to feel that I fully embraced who I was.  As I grow older, I've learned that being Asian makes me feel unique and immensely proud. Thanks to the current climate, the world is interested in learning more about AAPI. However it is important for us Asian to realize that sharing our culture and heritage should never be a momentary trend, but a responsibility and tradition to be honored and passed down from one generation to the next, like how our ancestors had done for centuries.


3. How do you incorporate Chinese food therapy/Chinese herbs into your daily routine?

I always start my morning with a warm cup of water at least 30 minutes before mealtime.
Now at home, I make traditional Cantonese soup/ bone broth at least once  a month. I believe they are so nutritious and nourishing to our skin, our organs and our overall health. 


4. As Asian culture tends to put focus on the importance of family, can you share the fondest memory you have with your family?

My fondest memory with my family would definitely be Lunar New Year.  From a young age, I've grown to love big family gatherings. Now that I am an adult I love to host dinners and gatherings. Food always bring people together. 

5. Where can people find you?

The best place to find me is definitely my website ( and Instagram (/atelierelidesigns) 

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