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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015
Happy Holidays from TFI & Wishing You All The BEST for 2016!

To our members, sponsors, supporters and donors, thank you so much for your support of our non-profit organization!

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and all the best for 2016,

Susan & TFI Staff, Board & Advisory

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2015
2 DAYS LEFT TO APPLY
WIN the $25K Suzanne Rogers Award for BEST NEW LABEL 2016

This Friday, NOV 27th, 12:00 noon is the DEADLINE to apply for 2016's TFI New Labels award. It only happens ONCE a year so don't delay! Here is YOUR CHANCE to win $25,000 and a feature in FLARE! Application & detailed info is available at bit.ly/1QwQXlO

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015
WHY ISN'T YOUR LINE SELLING?
Are you in a sales slump? Not meeting or exceeding your seasonal sales targets?

Meet Ruth Ann Lockhart, a TFI mentor and experienced industry professional with over 30 years of retail buying experience. Find out why your line isn't selling, why buyers aren't calling you back and gain insightful tips & advice on what you can do to improve your results.

REGISTER TODAY IN TFI SHOP

NOV 2, 2015
285 Manitoba Dr.,
Toronto
5:30pm Doors open for coffee & networking
6:00pm Seminar begins
7:15pm Q&A
7:30pm Session concludes

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2015
NAVIGATING THE SOCIAL MEDIA MINEFIELD

Does having a social media presence mean that all of your content is up for grabs? Protect your online identity and brand assets from pirates who use your logo, images and other property without your consent. Learn about your rights and what legal actions you can do to stop others from using your online property.

REGISTER TODAY in TFI Shop

OCT 26, 2015
285 Manitoba Dr., Toronto
5:30pm Doors open for coffee & networking
6:00pm Seminar begins
7:15pm Q&A
7:30pm Session concludes

Presented by Ashlee Froese
Partner, Fogler Rubinoff LLP
Ashlee is a lawyer who heads up the trade-marks and fashion law departments at Fogler Rubinoff LLP in Toronto. She also runs canadafashionlaw.com, which was profiled in Flare magazine and she's also a TFI mentor.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
GREAT Line Up Of FALL Seminars

We've got some GREAT seminars lined up for you this fall & tickets are available at TFI SHOP

Learn. Grow. Succeed. 
TFI's survival seminars will introduce you to new concepts, answer your questions and help steer you towards success! Meet new people and connect with our roster of presenters who are all industry influencers.

 
The Stylist and You: A Designer's Guide to Fashion Styling
OCTOBER 5, 5:30PM
Learn how the role of a stylist integrates into your business plans and how stylists can take your work to the next level
Presented by Amber Watkins, stylist

Why Isn't Your Line Selling?
NOVEMBER 2, 2015, 5:30PM
Meet Ruth Ann Lockhart, an experienced industry professional with over 30 years of retail buying experience. Find out why your line isn't selling, why buyers aren't calling you back and gain insightful tips & advice on what you can do to improve your results.

3D Printing & Laser Cutting Seminar
NOVEMBER 16, 2015
HOT POP FACTORY presents an informative presentation on the prep work, creative potential and results of what you can achieve through 3D printing & laser cutting. Learn how to bring these new technologies into your line and get answers to all of your questions.

SIGN UP TODAY at TFI Shop as seating is limited

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, 2015
Press Kits That POP

Create a press kit that POPS by learning insider tricks and tips at TFI's DIY Press Kit Seminar.

Taking place at TFI on Wednesday, September 10th (doors open at 5:30/ seminar 6:00-7:30pm) attendees will learn what grabs an editor's attention and what you need to do to get your product mentioned in the press.

This seminar is presented by PVH Corp., one of the largest branded lifestyle apparel companies in the world, with a diversified portfolio of iconic lifestyle apparel brands, led by Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and The Warnaco Group.

Click here for tickets to attend this fantastic seminar.

THURSDAY, JULY 09, 2015
ONLY 10 SEATS LEFT for #TFIFYF Accessory Boot Camp!

If you're 20 - 29 and wondering if you should sign up for TFI's FREE Accessory Biz Boot Camp that kicks off July 20th, the answer is YES, PLEASE SIGN UP!
As of today, there are JUST 10 SEATS AVAILABLE for this amazing FREE program where you can learn about the business of fashion, design a spring 2016 accessory collection, have an opportunity to be mentored by a professional designer to produce your line and get up to $3000 cash and a FREE one-year TFI Outreach membership!

DYK that 70% of mentored businesses survive TWICE AS LONG as those that are not mentored?

What are you waiting for? SIGN UP NOW at http://bit.ly/1gqtm7l before it's too late!


THURSDAY, JULY 02, 2015
FREE ACCESSORY BOOT CAMP STARTS JULY 20
SIGN UP TODAY! LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE

FASHION YOUR FUTURE BOOT CAMP

REGISTER FOR TFI'S FREE FASHION ACCESSORY BOOT CAMP HERE!

LESS THAN 50 SPOTS AVAILABLE!

Learn from the pros about launching an accessory business and creating a sample collection.
PRESENTED BY TORONTO FASHION INCUBATOR (TFI)

MONDAY JULY 20 - FRIDAY, AUGUST 14At: Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St. East, Toronto

Here's what's in it for YOU:

  • Learn to design a spring 2016 accessory collection
  • Get up to $3,000 in micro financing to launch your business
  • Work with a professional designer to create your line
  • Get a FREE TFI Outreach membership for one year of additional support
  • Daily FREE LUNCH for everyone who's enrolled
  • FREE TTC return fare for scheduled field trips
  • You'll also get a chance to showcase your collection at an industry trade show at Toronto Fashion Week in October

SPACE IS LIMITED SO DON'T DELAY! REGISTER NOW


FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015
EMDA Competition has launched
Deadline to apply: JUNE 15, 2015



THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
#TBT to #TFINewLabels May 4, 2015
THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

FRIDAY, MAY 08, 2015
Thank you #TFINewLabels sponsors

After six long months, TFI's national fashion design competition concluded with a stellar fashion show on May 4th at One King West where Toronto-based designer Matthew Gallagher took home $25,000 and a feature in FLARE.

The annual event, a fundraiser for the non-profit Toronto Fashion Incubator, also generated buzz for the SpongeBob Design Challenge that saw Toronto designer Ryan Alexander Smith win the $10,000 first prize for his SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired couture gown.

Over 300 guests attended TFI New Labels® 2015, including 23 top Toronto media and influencers. Print, broadcast and online coverage for the event reached an audience of over 22.5 million (and counting). Additionally, Twitter activity surrounding #TFINewLabels and the #SpongeBob Design Challenge generated 15,249,399 impressions. Notable coverage included: FLARE, Toronto Star, The Kit, Winnipeg Free Press, CTV News, Post City, Yahoo Shine, HELLO! Canada online, CityTV, National Post, Vancouver Sun and more. Expected coverage includes: Women’s Wear Daily online and print, Huffington Post, City News and more.

TFI would like to thank the many members, media, supporters, patrons and sponsors who attended this year's event and helped to make it a huge success.

For party images, please click here.
Event images: George Pimentel



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015
We're almost SOLD OUT

Thanks to all of TFI's friends & supporters, TFI's popular, annual, fundraiser, TFI New Labels® is ALMOST SOLD OUT!
Get your tickets now for this fabulous, once-a-year gala where one lucky designer will win $25,000 cash and a feature in FLARE. Tickets include cocktails, exceptional networking, entertainment, fashion shows and award presentations.

As of this moment, ONLY 12 TICKETS ARE LEFT and no more tickets can be added. Click here for tickets & lend your support to an award-winning non-profit, the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

Thank you & we'll see you on May 4th at One King West at 8:00pm

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 01, 2015
TFI is HIRING!
Immediate placement opportunities

Be part of a passionate, dedicated and award-winning team 
in an inspiring, aspirational workspace located steps from Liberty Village
Apply your skills, experience and creativity to help Canada's next generation 
of fashion entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams!
 
The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) is looking for the right fit for 4 positions 
at our non-profit organization. Please review qualifications, job descriptions 
and where to send your resume by clicking here.
No agencies please


THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
SID NEIGUM at The Room, Hudson's Bay


TFI is extremely proud of TFI Resident Sid Neigum whose stunning spring 2015 collection is on display at The Room in Toronto. Check it out & feel proud Canada!To see more of Sid's work, visit www.sidneigum.com

THURSDAY, MARCH 05, 2015
SAVE THE DATE: SPONGEBOB Fashion Show May 4, 2015

SAVE THE DATE!
SPONGEBOB FASHION SHOW TICKETS ON SALE NEXT WEEK
Contact TFI to get on the wait list - LIMITED tickets available

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015
Sponge Out Of Water: SpongeBob SquarePants is Out of Water and onto the Runway with TFI

WHAT:             
Runway design challenge to create a bold, high-fashion couture gown inspired by SpongeBob SquarePants and his Pantone colour palette

WHO:                    
► Toronto Fashion Incubator - Award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to developing successful fashion entrepreneurs
► Viacom - With media networks reaching approximately 700 million global subscribers, Viacom's leading brands include MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and COMEDY CENTRAL

Judges - Judges will be looking for a high-impact gown that is fresh, playful and newsworthy and that best captures the spirit of SpongeBob SquarePants

► Brenda Emslie, Director, The Room, The Hudson’s Bay Company
► Shauna Levy, President, Design Exchange
► Carmen Martinez, Head Of Hardlines, Canada, Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products
► Felipe Vega, Creative Director, Canada and Latin America, Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products
► Susan Langdon, Executive Director, Toronto Fashion Incubator

Designer Finalists – Seven designers out of 60 entrants were selected to showcase their creation:

► David Dixon of David Dixon Inc.
► Lise Godel of Coeur De Lise Couture
► Maria Ruginets of Masha Apparel
► Matthew Gallagher of Maison Matthew Gallagher
► Natasha Sakhuja of SAKHUJA
► Ryan Alexander Smith of Ryan Alexander Inc.
► Tanya Théberge of T Theberge Designs Inc.

 
From Left to Right: David Dixon, Coeur De Lise Couture, Masha Apparel, Maison Matthew Gallagher, SAKHUJA, Ryan Alexander Inc. and T Theberge Designs Inc.

SAVE THE DATE!

WHERE:
          
One King West Hotel
 
WHEN:                
Monday, May 4, 2015
 
WHY:                    
The challenge winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize for the best SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired couture gown

@SpongeBob
@Viacom
#SpongeBobMovie
@NickelodeonTB
@torontofashion

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2015
Award Winning Non-Profit Unveils Canada's Rising Design Stars

Four Designers in Line to Showcase at TFI NEW LABELS® 2015

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - February 04, 2015) - Lights will turn down and fashion will turn up on May 4, 2015 when the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) unveils the brightest stars in Canadian fashion at TFI New Labels® 2015. Four impressive semi-finalists are eligible to have their distinct design talent walk the runway during an evening of cocktails, fashion and fundraising. Canada's current bright fashion stars include a CAFA (Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards) nominated and Italian-trained designer; a native Montrealer who previously assisted Vivienne Westwood; a Parsons-trained designer once spotted on Sex in the Citystar, Kim Cattrall; and a former London, UK tailor who has dressed cultural icon Lady Gaga.

Notable members of Toronto's fashion community, along with leading sponsors, Mantella Corporation and the City of Toronto, and exclusive media partners, FLARE and Rogers, will gather at One King West where one designer will be awarded $25,000 for Most Promising New Label, presented by Suzanne Rogers, and a full-page feature in FLARE.

The JudgesThe elite panel of judges that will mentor the four semi-finalists and select who advances to the TFI New Labels® stage, includes:

David Dixon
President, David Dixon Inc., and former TFI New Labels® finalist
Suzanne Rogers
Philanthropist and benefactor of the Most Promising New Labels Award
Suzanne Timmins
Senior vice president and fashion director for Hudson's Bay and Lord & Taylor
Cameron Williamson
Editor-in-chief of FLARE

The Designers

The four contemporary womenswear designers in the running to showcase their collections, include: Matthew Gallagher for Maison Matthew Gallagher, Valerie Tolila of Vaiken, Jennifer Torosian and Raed Ali for Jennifer Torosian and Benji Wong Zhen Wang for Benji WZW.

Milan-educated designer Matthew Gallagher for Maison Matthew Gallagher designs for a powerful woman of luxury and refined allure. The FW15 collection finds inspiration in a girl who is torn between reality and fantasy; what she longs for and how it entrances her to become the woman she dreams of.

Montreal-based VAIKEN favours sporty, feminine and sexy silhouettes while embodying the modern woman. VAIKEN's FW15 collection channels French model Caroline de Maigret's eclectic style mixing carefree bohemianism with rocker chic, sophistication with attitude. The line includes fur, leather and embroideries on crisp tops and skin-tight pants.

Jennifer Torosian creates sleek and tailored aesthetics with fine detail, blending clean lines with elements of surprise. Founded by Jennifer Torosian and Raed Ali, the brand has developed a celebrity roster, including actor Kim Cattrall. The FW15 collection mixes sport aesthetics, luxe fabrics, a utilitarian spirit and hints of work wear elements.

High-end streetwear brand Benji WZW combines street tribalism with a narrative sensitivity. Favoured by music superstar Lady Gaga, the line balances power and sensuality, the ugly and the beautiful. The FW15 collection, SACCHARINE GRAVE, tells the story of high school outcasts who idolize the Cross Bones Graveyard in London, UK.

Tickets
Net ticket sale proceeds from the fashion show will benefit the TFI, a non-profit, community-based, small business centre that provides critical support to fashion entrepreneurs. For tickets, which include a networking social, cocktails and fashion show, please contact TFI attfi@fashionincubator.com or 416 971 7117.

@TorontoFashion
#TFINewLabels

ABOUT TFI
The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) is an award-winning and highly-acclaimed non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and nurturing Canadian fashion designers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1987 as the world's first official "fashion incubator", the TFI model has been adopted by cities such as New York, Chicago, London, Paris and Milan. Housed in an 8,000 sq. ft. heritage building at Exhibition Place in Toronto, TFI provides critical support to creative entrepreneurs to develop the business and professional skills they need to thrive and survive. Start-up and advanced community programs include educational seminars on the business of fashion, one-on-one mentoring with industry professionals, exclusive promotional and sales opportunities, and valuable sales, marketing and trend resources.

Toronto Fashion Incubator: 285 Manitoba Drive, Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario M6K 3C3 Canada 416 971 7117 tfi@fashionincubator.com www.fashionincubator.com

For all media enquiries, images and additional informationPlease contact
Kayla Matos, Faulhaber Communications
416 504 0768 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2015
CONGRATULATIONS!
Sid Neigum Wins $10,000 at CAFA 2015

GIVE IT UP for Sid Neigum who won The Swarovski Award for Best Emerging Apparel Designer 2015 at the 2015 CAFA gala on January 31st!  Now with a triple crown under his belt after winning TFI New Labels (2012), Mercedes-Benz Start-Up (2014) and CAFA (2015) what is the Alberta-born/Toronto-based designer planning? 

Word has it that The British Fashion Council, in partnership with the Government of Canada, has invited Sid to participate in an International Fashion Showcase that is part of London Fashion Week. He jets off to the UK Feb 20th, then it's off to Paris for Stealth Projekt trade show, to NY, Chicago & Philadelphia for sales appointments, then back to TO for World MasterCard Fashion Week!

Congratulations & kudos, Sid! Very well deserved!





FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2015
Almost 40% of CAFA Emerging Designers are TFI Members & Alumni!
Show your support & attend

Did you know that almost 40% of all 2015 CAFA Emerging Designer Nominees are TFI members & alumni? 

Show your support by attending CAFA! It takes place tomorrow night at The Royal York Hotel. TFI members: Use discount code APTFI at http://bit.ly/1CfYwmM to join the party!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 09, 2015
Knocked-off? Protect Yourself!

If you're worried about someone knocking-off (copying) your designs and ideas YOU HAVE GOOD REASON TO WORRY!
Unethical business practices are unfortunately very common in the fashion industry and if you ever find yourself in a position to defend your original design or trademark, you'll discover that it's WAY more expensive to sue someone than to spend a few dollars upfront to protect yourself.

Take a look at what happened to GRANTED - a hand-knit company based in Richmond, BC:




Another incident that happened to Sentaler, a luxury outerwear firm based in Toronto, was written about in The Globe & Mail. The story, When Imitation Isn't Flattery, chronicles the designer's tale about how she caught her CMT contractor making counterfeit goods using her designs.

Find out how you can prevent these things from happening by attending TFI's seminar on January 26th at 5:30pm. Lawyer Ashlee Froese from Gilbert's LLP will tell you about the fundamentals of protecting your intellectual property, share advice on what you can do now to protect your designs before they're knocked off and what you can do if you've already been copied.

Space is limited so don't delay! Register now. The nominal seminar fee is a tax-deductable business expense and a wise investment that could save you thousands of dollars down the road.



TUESDAY, JANUARY 06, 2015
TFI Members: Here's Your CAFA DISCOUNT CODE
See you at CAFA!

Dear TFI members,

The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) is delighted to offer TFI members 15% off to attend the CAFA After Party on January 31, 2015!

Simply click here, select "After Party" & enter the coupon code: APTFI

The glamorous After Party includes incredible music, food, drinks and a stunning SEPHORA Beauty Lounge. Adding an expert beauty touch to an evening of unforgettable Canadian style and glamour, the SEPHORA Beauty Lounge will offer a variety of touch-up services from SEPHORA beauty experts alongside Marc Jacobs Beauty and hair touch ups from Bumble and Bumble

The 2015 CAFAs will be a spectacular evening that celebrates the new & established talents that make up our incredible fashion industry! See you there!

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 05, 2015
Happy New Year! It's 2015

The dawn of the new year is always a great time to kick-start your fashion business!
Where to start? What to do?

If you're not already a TFI member, this is the PERFECT time to join! Not only will you receive one full year of service & mentoring support, you'll also gain access to trend forecasting resources and discounts on TFI seminars and e-lists. Click here to join

If you're already a member, be sure to take FULL advantage of your membership by making an appointment to meet one of our mentors, book a meeting room for a buying appointment or apply for TFI's Fall 2015 Press & Buyers Brunch Tradeshow. The tradeshow takes place March 25 + 26, 2015 at World MasterCard Fashion Week and approximately 200 targeted retailers & fashion press attend.

Remember, TFI is here to help you launch & grow your business. We've been around since 1987 and we've helped thousands of fashion entrepreneurs over the years. We're super happy to hear about your successes because it lets us know we're making a difference so be sure to let us know if you've made a big sale, have hired your first staff or generated some press.

Good luck & best wishes for a stellar 2015!

 

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