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Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas!

From all of us to all of you
for a fantastic 2015!

You Are Invited To The CAFA Gala
January 31, 2015 at The Royal York

The 2015 Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) are just 8 weeks away! 
Be sure to get your ticket to Canada’s “Most Fashionable Night” as the fashion industry celebrates and honours outstanding achievement and emerging talent in Canadian Fashion.

A dazzling, stylish and sophisticated evening; the event brings together artists and influencers from across the country and around the world to celebrate the diversity and creativity of some of Canada’s most promising designers, stylists, image makers, and models.

This glamorous gala consists of a Gala dinner and Awards show, live entertainment and a lively After-Party sponsored by SEPHORA. Judging from last year's inaugural event, the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards will be nothing short of spectacular!!

To purchase Gala or After-Party tickets visit  www.cafawards.ca/tickets.php

Hope to see you on Jan. 31st 2015!

Happy Shopping!

1. Golden Nickle-free Chain Wristlet w/ Lambskin, 5"x7", $39
thomasina CAMIKA www.ThomasinaCamika.com

2. Limited Edition Holiday 100% Silk Satin Sleep Mask, $45
DIA Collections www.diacollections.com
3. Handmade Knitted Alpaca Wool Scarf with Lacework Fabric, $165
Hortense Salvatore Contact designer  www.hortensesalvatore.com

4. Sterling Silver & Leather Wrap Cuff, $135
Citrus Silver www.citrussilver.com

5. Cocktail Power-hour Necklace With Black Onyx Beads & Brass Chain, $110
Sakina Jewellery www.sakinajewellery.com

6. Whimsical Slouchy Hat with Genuine Fox Fur Snap-off Pompom, $225
Cindy Goble www.cindygoble.com

7. Two-tone Infinity Scarf, 100% Alpaca, Approx. $198 CAD
Where. http://aclothednarrative.com

8. Leather & Musquash Aviator Style Hat, $185
The Wild North http://thewildnorthapparel.com

9. Ultra Limited-edition Wonder Woman Cuff with 24K Gold-plated Base, $88
Mizdragonfly www.mizdragonfly.com 


Thank you to our fashion heroes

Many thanks to Sabrina Maddeaux from the National Post for her article toasting the ladies who lunch, who support Canadian fashion. It's  a great story about how a few Toronto women such as Sylvia Mantella, Suzanne Rogers and Mary Symons are lending their name, recognition and yes - money - to non-profits and worthy causes to help seed and grow the fashion industry. 

The article was published on Saturday, November 15, 2014 but you can read it here.

Thank you also for mentioning TFI, our past TFI New Labels winners (Sid Neigum, Sarah Stevenson and Miriam Baker) and Susan Langdon (our executive director) who was quoted in the article.

Lest we Forget

Image: http://makecalgary.com

Spring 2015 Collections

It's finally arrived! We've waited 5 months for its return and today the Spring 2015 edition of World MasterCard Fashion Week begins.

From Monday to Friday, industry and press will review spring 2015 collections from new and established designers from across Canada. There are other events taking place too, such as TFI's Press & Buyers Brunch tradeshow (Wed/Thurs by invitation only), the Minnie Mouse Design presentation, FLARE magazine's party tomorrow and FASHION magazine's award presenation Friday night. Tonight, TFI resident Sid Neigum kicks off the week with his show at 6pm and Joe Fresh wraps up the night with a big party and news announcement about the launch of the Joe Fresh Fashion Fund.

On Saturday, October 25th, the public can join in on the fun and excitement by attending FASHION SATURDAY

Follow the links to buy tickets and to register. See you under the tents!

Fall has arrived!

It's been a very busy summer at TFI and our poor blog has been neglected for too many days. I'm really sorry for not keeping on top of making more frequent posts but you can always follow me, Susan Langdon, at @SusanAtTFI on Twitter, or TFI at @torontofashion.

From our Twitter feed, you'll gain of-the-moment news about what we're up to and what's upcoming. Here's a short list of some TFI fashion business events that may interest you. Register online at http://bit.ly/1tnHKQt:

Sept 30, 5:30pm at TFITwo Ways To Fund Your Fashion Business Presentation

Oct 6, 5:30pm at TFIDiscover How To Win $35,000 in Prizing From TFI

Oct 22 - 23 at World MasterCard Fashion Week
TFI's Press & Buyers Brunch tradeshow (by invitation only)

Oct 28, 5:30pm at TFI
TFI New Labels Master Class Workshop (limited to 8 students)

Nov 10, 5:30pm at TFI
How to Start a Fashion Business presentation

Nov 17, 5:30pm at TFI
How to Prepare a Business Plan for Your Fashion Design Business seminar

Nov 24, 5:30pm at TFI
How to Price Your Jewellery Line for Retail & Make Sales

Hope to see you at one or all of these great sessions soon! 

TFI is located at 285 Manitoba Drive in Toronto
For a map and directions to TFI, please visit 

Watch TOM Strut

There's a lot of buzz about TOM*FW, Toronto's first men's fashion week, taking place August 12 - 14 at the Royal York Hotel.

Starting at 4:00pm daily, TOM*FW promises back-to-back runway shows featuring the spring 2015 collections from local and international designers. One show not to miss is EMDA (Emerging Menswear Designer Award) taking place on Thursday, August 12th at 9:00pm. TFI's executive director Susan Langdon & TFI's president, designer David Dixon, are among this year's judges. Catch the show to see who will win $10,000 plus a membership to TFI! 

Tickets to EMDA and all of the other shows can be purchased here http://www.tomfw.com/tickets/

Hope to see you at this inaugural event!

We've Been Busy

We apologize for not being up to date with our blog posts but we've been busy! Look at some the amazing press TFI & our members have generated: 

You could be featured here too, simply by becoming a TFI member & sending us your news clippings. Not a member yet? GOOD NEWS! We're having a SUMMER SALE starting July 2nd until August 31st, 2014. Get 10% off your one-year TFI Outreach membership at TFI Shop.

WWD Reports on #TFINewLabels 2014
Featuring Miriam Baker of @AliceAzur

WOW! We just discovered this FABULOUS coverage of our annual #TFINewLabels fashion event in WWD! Women's Wear Daily is known as the Bible of the fashion industry so to get mentioned is a really BIG THING! 

Congrats to Miriam Baker of Alice Azur, Laura Siegel, Ashley Boutcher of NOMAD of the SUN and Christopher Paunil Designs for snagging a coveted mention! 

TUESDAY, MAY 06, 2014
#TFINewLabels Event a HUGE Success!

Many thanks to all of the designers, guests and sponsors who made TFI New Labels 2014 such a huge success!  Judging by all of the positive feedback we've received, everyone enjoyed the cocktail party and fashion show featuring 4 upcoming Canadian designers. Click here for party & show pics

All images: George Pimentel

8 Tickets Left for TFI New Labels!

WOW!!!  Interest to attend TFI's annual fundraiser & fashion show, TFI New Labels, is CRAZY this year! As of this morning we have 3 GOLD and 5 General Admission fashion show tickets left!  This isn't a marketing tactic; it's a true account of what's left so if you have not purchased your ticket yet, please do so ASAP. Please click here for ticket info.

Just want to let you know because every year we get calls after tickets are gone asking for favours and exceptions and then people get angry with us because there's nothing we can do. FYI, if you've never organized a large event before you may not realize that when maximum capacity is reached, no extra seats are available due to the venue's fire safety regulations. 
So once we're sold out, we're SOLD OUT and believe me, this is one GREAT event you don't want to miss. There's an open bar featuring Three Olives vodka and G. Marquis VIneyards wine & sparkling wine, delicious hors d'oeuvres catered by One King West, exceptional social networking and a fashion show featuring the four New Labels competition finalists: Nomad of the Sun, AliceAzur, Laura Siegel and Christopher Paunil Designs

In addition, you'll walk away with a FABULOUS swag bag filled with products from exclusive beauty sponsors CoverGirl & Pantene, the latest issue of FLARE magazine and other gifts from Salon Daniel, Cassels Brock Lawyers, Mantella Corporation and TFI! 

Be sure to attend our annual event and find out who will win $25,000 presented by philanthropish and New Labels judge Suzanne Rogers! See you there and don't forget...WEAR CANADIAN!

MARCH 16 Silhouettes & Signals

Join fashion illustrator Danielle Meder for a talk on medium, message and everything in between when it comes to the sketched silhouette. It takes place:

1150 QUEEN ST. W.

Hope to see you there!

FRIDAY, MARCH 07, 2014
TFI #NewLabels 2013 Winner's Line for TARGET Debuts March 23


Get ready ladies!  Target's latest designer collaboration hits stores across Canada on March 23rd featuring local designer Sarah Stevenson.  Stevenson (below, centre), winner of the Toronto Fashion Incubator's 2013 New Labels fashion design competition, won the opportunity to create an exclusive line for Target as part of her New Labels winnings. She also received $25,000 from TFI supporter Suzanne Rogers and a full page feature in FLARE magazine. 

Which Sarah Stevenson look will you be wearing to TFI's 2014 New Labels fashion show taking place on May 5th at One King West? Watch a live judging during the runway show to see WHO will be the NEXT Sarah Stevenson!

MONDAY, MARCH 03, 2014
World MasterCard Fashion Week Returns
Fall/Winter 2014 Designer Collections

From March 17 through 21, 2014, thousands of fashion designers, media, retailers and industry will descend on Toronto to attend World MasterCard Fashion Week.

Taking place at David Pecaut Square, this seasonal showcase of Canada's top emerging and established designers is a highlight on the fashion industry calendar and one that should not be missed. 

In addition to the dozens of runway shows, the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) will feature a 2-day, invitation only, trade show (TFI Press & Buyers Brunch) for retail buyers and media. This event offers apparel and accessory designers an exceptional opportunity to network, get press and generate sales and sales leads.

The World MasterCard Fashion Week calendar is online at www.worldmastercardfashionweek.com

3 Ways to Fund Your Business
Join us on MARCH 10th

Do you need money to finance your next collection or to pay for a fashion show?
Attend our next seminar on Funding Your Business and DISCOVER:

  • 3 ways to fund your business
  • How crowdfunding can benefit you
  • Keys to a successful crowdfunding campaign

It takes place:
March 10, 20145:30pm Networking & coffee
6:00pm Seminar start time
7:15pm Q&A

At Toronto Fashion Incubator 
285 Manitoba Drive
Toronto, ON  

Register now before we're sold out!
Featuring speakers from GREEDY GIVER, Canada's crowdfunding site:

Guilty Pleasures Was A Treat!

Congratulations and thank you to all of the vendors & partners participating in the 10th anniversary of #TFIGuiltyPleasures @thedrakehotel as part of @liciousTO. We hope the day went well for you, despite the weather! 

SQUARE readers which accept credit card payments are still available for future events. Please contact us at TFI if you would like to come and get one (no charge).

Hope to see you at our next event with jewellery designer Shay Lowe, on Tuesday February 5th. Click here to learn more and please feel free to share this with your industry friends & colleagues. 

Fantastic gifts in our #TFIGuiltyPleasures Silent Auction
Place you bid Feb 1st at The Drake Hotel until 4:30pm

Here's a sampling of some of the fabulous gifts you can BID & WIN at Guilty Pleasures at The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. West.  The auction is on until 4:30pm and all proceeds will benefit the award-winning Toronto Fashion Incubator.

Many thanks to all of our silent auction donors, event supporters and designers!

Enjoy FREEBIES at Guilty Pleasures
FEB 1 @ THE DRAKE HOTEL, 1150 Queen St. W

Be sure to stop by The Drake Hotel tomorrow and shop LOCAL. In addition to grabbing fantastic DEALS on designer apparel & accessories, enjoy these great FREEBIES:

* pampering with a mini-mani at the Sekai Nail Bar
make-up touch-up at the Green Beauty Bar
* styling tips from the pros at La Closette

* lip balm samples from CARMEX
* fun, informal fashion shows
at 11:30am, 1:30pm & 2:30pm 

Guilty Pleasures brunch patrons get EARLY VIP ACCESS to the sale & TFI's awesome SILENT AUCTION. For your VIP access, purchase a brunch ticket from The Drake Hotel

See you at Guilty Pleasures
Sat, Feb 1, 2014 at THE DRAKE HOTEL

TFI Toronto Fashion Incubator
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our ‪#‎TFIGuiltyPleasures ‬silent auction being held this Saturday at The Drake Hotel!

Make sure to get your Brunch tickets for EARLY access to our designer sale & silent auction 

Thank you to: The Drake Hotel - thedrakehotel.ca
Green Beauty - greenbeauty.ca
Simple Smiles - simplesmiles.ca
La Closette - laclosette.com
Sakina Jewellery - sakinajewellery.com
Secret Legwear - secretlegwear.com
Shop For Jayu - shopforjayu.comThe Umbra Store - umbra.comMiranda Designs - mirandadesigns.ca
Killigrew Fashions - killigrewfashion.com
Nella Bella - nella-bella.com
Laura Siegel - laurasiegelcollection.comImperfect Indulgence - imperfectindulgence.com
Rowenta - rowenta.ca1milk2sugars - 1milk2sugars.com
Thomas Sabo - thomassabo.com
Is there anything better than indulging all your guilty pleasures at once? On Saturday February 1st, join us as we celebrate 10 years of food + fashion with a strolling brunch affair complete with mimosas, hair + beauty bar, take home treat + over 40 apparel, accessories + jewellery vendors with models & fashion shows...
Open to the public from 2 - 4:30pm OR GET EARLY ACCESS TO THE SALE STARTING AT 11:00AM by purchasing a BRUNCH ticket from The Drake Hotel.

Who will YOU network with at TFI's Press & Buyers Tradeshow?

Designers:Download your application for TFI's FW2014 Press & Buyers Tradeshow taking place at World MasterCard Fashion Week on March 19 & 20 in Toronto. 

Meet and network with retail buyers and fashion media at this excellent and affordable trade show platform.

Last day to apply is JANUARY 28, 2014 - don't miss out! You could be featured here next season!

Happy New Year!

To all of our friends, supporters, volunteers and members, we wish you all a very happy, healthy and successful 2014!  Thank you for your continued support and patronage of our non-profit organization and we look forward to working with you this year and beyond.

You can stay connected with TFI in so many ways! 

Twitter: @TorontoFashion and @SusanAtTFI
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1creafX
LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/1cregEg
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2CsL_79OT8G-r7zXIYDkig
Email: tfi@fashionincubator.com 
Tel: 416.971.7117

And by attending TFI Events:

JAN 21: Free Meet & Mingle New Year's Social Networking Night
JAN 28: FLARE magazine seminar - find out about careers in fashion
FEB 1: Guilty Pleasures designer sale at The Drake Hotel
FEB 25: Starting a jewellery business seminar
MAY 5: TFI New Labels fashion show & fundraiser

Hope to hear from you soon! 


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