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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM TFI
December 2010
Volume 18, Issue 7

Highlights:

1. TFI Announces New Labels® 2011 Competition Semi-Finalists
2. P&G Beauty & Grooming Celebrates Industry Excellence
3. Straight Up About Down Under
4. Indulge in Guilty Pleasures February 5
5. Upcoming TFI Events
6. Share Your News With TFI
7. Thank You Donors
8. Scene & Heard
9. Top Picks
10. Upcoming Events

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1. TFI Announces New Labels® 2011 Competition Semi-Finalists
The five semi-finalists in the Toronto Fashion Incubator's 2011 New Labels® Fashion Design Competition have been chosen. They are Toronto-based designers Hillary Sampliner for Ruth Weil, Golnaz Zokaei Ashtiani for Ashtiani and Nikki Wirthensohn for Geile Sachen Couture; Montreal designer Melissa Bolduc for Melow par Melissa Bolduc; and from Calgary, Caitlin Power.

The designers now advance to round two of the competition, bringing them one step closer to winning the grand prize valued at $40,000, which includes $10,000 CASH and a feature editorial in FLARE magazine.

The semi-finalists, all Canadian womenswear designers who have been in business three years or less, were selected by a high profile panel of judges including Toronto Star fashion writer Derick Chetty, designer David Dixon, Holt Renfrew buyer Jason Morikawa, fashion stylist Peter Papapetrou and FLARE magazine editor-in-chief Lisa Tant. Standing in for Morikawa and Tant for the initial session were, respectively, Natalie Lecomte from Holt Renfrew and Tanya Watt from FLARE.

Stay tuned to TFI News for New Labels® Fashion Design Competition updates.

Generously sponsored by:
TFI
P&G Beauty
FLARE

 

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2. P&G Beauty & Grooming Celebrates Industry Excellence
The second annual P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards, which acknowledge excellence and promote talent in the Canadian beauty, grooming and fashion industry, were held November 11 at The Carlu in downtown Toronto. Hosting this year was the lovely Grammy Award® and Golden Globe Award®-winning singer, actress and COVERGIRL spokesmodel Queen Latifah.

The awards recognize the exceptional editorial work that brings beauty, grooming and fashion news to Canadian readers as well as top make-up artists, hair stylists, photographers and models. This year, over 220 submissions were received from Canada's leading magazines, newspapers, websites and blogs following a nationwide call for entries in July 2010. And the winners are…

Best Magazine Cover (right): enRoute, Ilana Weitzman

Best Beauty Editor of a Magazine: Carlene Higgins, Flare

Best Fashion Editor of a Magazine: Elizabeth Cabral, Flare

Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper (English): Vanessa Craft, More

Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper (French): Sylvie Michelon, VOIR

Best Fashion Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper (English): Nathalie Atkinson, National Post

Best Fashion Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper (French): Jean-François Légaré, enRoute

Best Male Grooming Feature (English): Leo Petaccia, Sharp

Best Male Grooming Feature (French): Christine Fortier, Clin d'oeil

Best Male Fashion Feature (English): Dave Lackie, National Post

Best Fashion or Beauty Blog (English): Beautyeditor.ca, Michelle Villett

Best Fashion or Beauty Blog (French): Mode de rue (clindoeil.ca), Lolitta Dandoy

Best Fashion or Beauty Website: Ellecanada.com/Ellequebec.com, Lara Ceroni and Martina Djogo

Best New Face: Frances Coombe, Elite Model Management (right)

Photographer of the Year: Chris Nicholls

Hair Stylist of the Year: Justin German

Make-up Artist of the Year: Greg Wencel

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3. Straight Up About Down Under
By Susan Langdon

In November, I was invited to Australia to talk about the Toronto Fashion Incubator and to share best practice ideas on how to develop an online shop and how to take a fashion business green. The seminar circuit, organized by Carol Hanlon of TCFW WA (Textiles, Clothing & Footwear, Western Australia), included speaking engagements in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. Joining us were Frances Harder from Los Angeles and Lynsay McConachie from London, UK.

For North Americans looking to export to Australia, a meeting with experienced sales agent Margaret Farrell proved to be very insightful. Here is a straight up summary for apparel exporters:

• Like Canada, Australia has a small population for the size of the country.
• With its extensive coastline and moderate climate, casual and surfwear are the dominant markets, followed closely by denim.
• Imported goods are marked-up 300% from wholesale to retail (in Australian dollars) to cover costs such as duty, shipping etc. As this results in an extremely high retail price point, a lesser-known brand would find itself hanging with big designer labels. As a result, Australian retailers prefer to buy well-known, high-end brands like Prada, Gucci etc., or they'll buy local and New Zealand designer lines, which don't require as high a mark-up.
• Typical contemporary or careerwear only sells in big cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and only if priced below $500 retail.
• There are little more than a dozen or so retailers in the states of New South Wales and Victoria who can buy $500 retail; maybe 5 of those can buy $500+.
David Jones is the only high-end retailer similar to Holt Renfrew or Saks Fifth Avenue. There are 37 store locations across Australia, plus one discount outlet.
Blondie is a smaller retail chain with 7 locations in Melbourne. The store buys moderately-priced imports ($400 retail and less) or higher-priced Australian designer wear.
• Sales agents are called that; they're not referred to as sales reps. Reps work for the agent mainly in an administrative or support role.
• Agents don't charge non-refundable showroom fees as they do in the United States. Instead, agents work on commission as they do in Canada. Typical commission rates range from 10-15% on shipped orders, payable 15 to 30 days after invoicing.
• Trade shows like Sydney Expose and Sydney Fashion Week offer great exposure for established brands with production capabilities.

For makers of moderately priced casual apparel, beachwear and surfwear, Australia offers an excellent export market opportunity. For a detailed report on the Australian consumer goods market (including fashion), check with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, which delivers key market intelligence to Canadian businesses and organizations. Visit http://bit.ly/g7EJvV.

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4. Indulge in Guilty Pleasures February 5
The TFI's Guilty Pleasures Sale is back for the fifth consecutive year! Come to this delicious event that pairs food with fashion at The Drake Hotel. Shop for cool Canadian designer clothing and accessories, enjoy the informal fashion show and bid on fabulous gifts in the Guilty Pleasures Silent Auction.

When: Saturday, February 5, 2011
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., Toronto
Sale is open from: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Silent Auction is open from: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Brunch seatings: Please contact The Drake Hotel for seating times & to make reservations.

100% of the Silent Auction proceeds will benefit community programming offered by the Toronto Fashion Incubator. We are urgently seeking Silent Auction gifts valued at $150 retail or more, geared to men, women and children. Accessories and gift baskets are popular items but due to sizing issues we will not be accepting clothing donations. To pledge a Silent Auction gift, please click here.

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5. Upcoming TFI Events
Get details on TFI's upcoming seminars, events and gatherings:

TFI Holiday Hours
December 24 - January 3

TFI will be open for Resource Centre and membership tour bookings from 9:00 to 11:00am on December 24 and 31, and from 9:00am to 5:00pm on December 29 and 30 (closed daily from 12:00 - 1:00pm unless otherwise specified). Please make your appointment by contacting TFI at 416.971.7117 ext. 0 or via email.

Promostyl Spring 2012
Now Available at TFI

Make an appointment to view the latest women's trend book from Promostyl, a world leader in trend forecasting. Discover the four key themes for spring/summer 2012: Genesis, Itinerance, Polychromy and Oxygen. Appointments are available during TFI business hours, Mon - Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm (closed daily between 12:00 - 1:00pm). Call 416.971-7117 ext. 0 or email TFI today.

Guilty Pleasures
February 5, 2011

9:00am - 4:00pm, The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., Toronto. Back together for a deliciously delightful fifth year, The Drake Hotel and Toronto Fashion Incubator present this popular consumer sale. Enjoy a sumptuous brunch while shopping for local apparel, accessories, beauty and giftware. Sale is open to the public. For brunch reservations, contact 416.531-5042.

TFI Studio Tours
Call & Book a Tour!
Sign up for a brief tour of the TFI facilities and learn how membership benefits can help your business succeed. Call us at 416.971.7117 ext. 21.

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6. Share Your News With TFI
Do you have a story you would like to share with like-minded, fashion-loving people around the world? We’re always looking for stories on new store openings, exciting updates from our members and the rest of the fashion community. Send your submissions or press releases to info@fashionincubator.com.

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7. Thank You TFI Donors
Thank you to our donors for your support of our non-profit organization. Your financial contribution enables TFI to carry on its important work of encouraging job creation and economic development in the community. This month we recognize the following contributors for their kind donations to TFI: Contributors: Brook Alviano, Tammy Beltrami, Nina Budman, Aldo Cian, Lucy Greco, Dyane Legge, Lynn McGregor, Michelle Miller, Vladia Steffek and Vanja Vasic. If you like reading TFI News, please make a donation to our non-profit by clicking here.

Many thanks to everyone who purchased a door prize draw ticket at TFI's November fundraiser at Integral House, too!

Donor categories: Contributor, $50 and under; Supporter, $50 to $100; Benefactor, $100 to $500; Patron, $500 and up.

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8. Scene & Heard

The Hudson’s Bay Company Collection In France
This holiday season The Bay will begin selling its iconic range of products at Colette, the Parisian department store, and on Colette’s website. The Hudson's Bay Company Collection, re-launched last year, is an authentic Canadian lifestyle brand rooted in our country's culture and heritage. Ten of the collection’s one-of-a-kind pieces will be sold at Colette, including the multi stripe queen-sized wool blanket, Caribou throw, cashmere scarf, cashmere hot water bottle, snowman kit, Geoff McFetridge mug, Swiss Army knife, Shared T-shirts, and the Hudson's Bay Blanket Book in French and English. "This partnership marks a key milestone in the Bay's mission to reposition itself as an international brand," says Hudson's Bay Company fashion director Suzanne Timmins.

Backers Pull Out From Andy Thê-Anh
In early December, Montreal designer Andy Thê-Anh (right) was forced to close his wholesale and retail operations when his financial backer, CATSIMA, the private holding company that bought into Andy Thê-Anh in 2008, pulled out. In an interview with The Gazette, Andy Thê-Anh president Étienne Lecompte, said sales for spring 2011 were down 46% compared with last spring due to lacklustre export sales because of the US recession. “It didn’t make sense to continue with the numbers as they were," he said. Thê-Anh burst onto the fashion scene in 2002 with his first label, POW by Andy Thê-Anh.

Giving Back
Lee McLaven
of Laven Industries, providers of labels, hangtags, heat transfers and more, has established a new web-based company called Charity Diamonds. The online shop offers jewellery at below-retail prices with 50% of the profits going to four charities: SickKids, Make a Wish, MS and Fragile X. The concept for Charity Diamonds was born out of a desire to combine a love of jewellery with a passion for giving back. The catalyst for the new initiative began when McLaven's infant daughter, Siena, was diagnosed with a hole in her heart. Then, at only one-month old, Siena developed a mosquito-like bite near her left eye. Dermatologists at SickKids diagnosed the “bite” as a congenital benign tumour. After three procedures at SickKids, the cardiologist was successful in closing the hole in her heart by utilizing a device that did not require open-heart surgery. In addition, the plastic surgeon was also able to remove the tumour from her face. For more info about the online shop, visit http://charitydiamonds.tumblr.com/.

Scent Of A Woman
Toronto designer and TFI resident alumna Nada Shepherd (right) of NADA has released her first signature fragrance just in time for the holidays. Simply called NADA, the scent is comprised of honeysuckle, ginger and saffron with top-notes of lotus flower, amber and jasmine. Selling for $149, the elegant perfume is available at the NADA shop at Bayview Village Shopping Centre in Toronto or online at http://www.nadadesigns.com/perfume/nada.html.

Lady Gaga's First Fragrance
Coty Inc., a leading global beauty company, has signed Grammy Award-winning artist Lady Gaga to develop and market her first-ever signature fragrance. Known for her larger-than-life persona, Lady Gaga's fragrance will be a seamless extension of her combined talent for music, video, fashion and art. "Lady Gaga's universal appeal makes her a subject of fascination. A force like no other, Lady Gaga is explosive, provocative and sexy, three traits which pave the way for an extraordinary fragrance experience for consumers," explains Bernd Beetz, chief executive officer of Coty Inc. The yet-to-be named fragrance is expected to launch in spring 2012.

More Celebrity & Beauty Pairings
Hollywood actress Blake Lively, best known for her role as Serena van der Woodsen in the TV drama Gossip Girl, has been named the new face of Chanel. The three-time Vogue covergirl will be featured in Chanel ads starting in early 2011. Meanwhile, Grammy Award-winners Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood have just signed on with P&G Beauty & Grooming. Swift will be the new face of CoverGirl NatureLuxe, a new luxury brand launching January 2011, and Underwood will be the new ambassador for Olay.

Media Rolodex Update: ELLE CANADA, FASHION, FLARE
The fashion media played a crazy game of musical chairs recently. Here’s where everyone currently sits: Sarah Casselman has been promoted to senior editor, fashion news, at St. Joseph Media’s FASHION magazine. She was formally fashion market editor. Taking her place is Jordan Porter, who worked at the magazine as assistant fashion editor from 2007 to 2009 before leaving to travel abroad. Copy editor Rani Sheen is replacing features director Leah Rumack during her mat leave. (No word on who’s taking over as copy editor. Adriana Ermter has left her post as beauty director at FASHION to take over as executive editor, beauty and health, at Transcontinental-published ELLE Canada. Replacing her as beauty director at FASHION is Lesa Hannah, who has been promoted from beauty editor at the magazine. Catalina Margulis has been hired as managing editor at FLARE. Margulis worked previously at ELLE Canada and 2: The Magazine for Couples.

Barbie Loves Joe Fresh Apparel
The Joe Fresh Style brand has partnered with Mattel to create a limited-edition collection of Barbie sleepwear and intimates for women and girls. The Barbie Loves Joe Fresh apparel line launched November 1 and is widely available at Loblaw banner stores across Canada where Joe Fresh Style apparel is available. "Barbie's head-turning style has made her a fashion icon and the most popular doll in the world. The Barbie Loves Joe Fresh line celebrates the playful spirit of Barbie and the versatile style and comfort of Joe Fresh apparel," says Samantha Taylor, senior manager of icensing at Mattel.

Lanvin For H&M
The much anticipated Alber Elbaz-designed collection of womenswear and menswear for H&M went on sale in 200 stores worldwide on November 23, 2010. “H&M approached us to collaborate, and see if we could translate the dream we created at Lanvin to a wider audience, not just a dress for less," says Elbaz, artistic director at Lanvin. "I have said in the past that I would never do a mass-market collection, but what intrigued me was the idea of H&M going luxury rather than Lanvin going public.” The Lanvin for H&M collection includes cocktail dresses, tuxedoes, shoes and jewellery. Since the fast fashion retailer’s first collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004, H&M has partnered with one luxury designer a year including Stella McCartney, Jimmy Choo and Roberto Cavalli.

Ukamaku Promotes Emerging Canadian Design
Ukamaku
aims to make Canadian designer labels household names. The new online store features some of the country’s top emerging menswear, womenswear and accessory brands, such as Zoran Dobric, The Paddock by Carrie Hayes, Nella Bella, Paris Li and Breeyn McCarney. “We started talking about a site bringing Canadian designers to market,” says operations director George Ng. “We realized most Canadian designers have trouble marketing themselves. We believe it’s better to advertise as a group.” Ukamaku takes care of all the shipping, handling and payment transactions across North America in exchange for a monthly fee from designers to post product. When product sells, the site takes a 5% commission. Check it out at www.ukamaku.com.

Reitman’s Enters E-Commerce
Canadian women’s apparel chain Reitman’s has gone online. Along with its more than 365 brick-and-mortar locations across the country, the chain has entered the virtual world of retailing. The move was prompted by customers who have been asking to be able to shop online as well as in-store, said Stephanie Bleau, the vice president of marketing. Check it out at www.reitmans.com.

Pink Tartan’s Flagship
Gotta give credit when something’s done right. Pink Tartan has always been touted as clothing that would be found in the closet of its designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran and the brand’s first flagship, Seventy Seven, is a peek at her sitting room. The boutique, in a former antique shop at 77 Yorkville in Toronto, is a curated space that features not just Pink Tartan but other brands and products chosen by Newport-Mimran, such as Paul Sinclair, Acne Jeans and Church’s boots (of which the store has an exclusive). Abel Munoz’s handcrafted boots sit on a white pedestal like a statue at a gallery, as do do-it-yourself knitting kits. The front room overlooking Yorkville—once a jail in 1867-Toronto—is Newport-Mimran’s fave, she says. It’s lifestyle shopping that’s “about not being too serious.” Indeed, look for the cards on the lower level: “congratulations” in heavy-stock paper featuring an elegant middle finger in gold and “bon voyage” ones featuring a sinking ship.

Square One’s Gone App Happy
Square One Shopping Centre
in Mississauga, Ont., launched a free mobile app for iPhone and two for Blackberry. Aside from offering an insider look at retail promotions and job postings, the app provides True Routing, a new technology for directionally challenged iPhone users that will navigate you like GPS to the store you are looking for. In 2011, the centre plans to get the more than 300 stores in the mall on board to offer promotions specifically for people with the app, says marketing director Linda Keen-Lausberg.

Oliver Spencer Boutique Opens
British menswear designer Oliver Spencer opened his first Canadian shop at 962 Queen St. W. in Toronto. This is his third retail location, the others in New York City and London, England. Spencer’s designs, a combination of streetwear and traditional tailoring, have been spotted on actors such as Jon Hamm and Benicio del Toro, as well as band members of The Rolling Stones and Arcade Fire. Call 647.348.7673 or visit www.oliverspencer.co.uk for information.

Gerry Weber Takes Toronto
Europe’s Gerry Weber brand opened its second North American location in Toronto recently at 1177 Yonge St. (The first is in Ottawa.) In existence since the mid-“80s, the women’s active lifestyle label now operates 375 stand-alone stores throughout Europe, the Middle East and Russia.

The Changing Landscape of Canadian Retailing
In November, family run Boutique Jacob Inc. was given protection from its creditors for substantial losses, which the company attributed to the increased presence of foreign-owned retailers. Competition is only expected to increase; Trendex North America, a market researcher, projects that within six years, international retailers will hold the majority of sales by specialty apparel retailers in Canada. In 2005, foreign clothing retailers made up 13% of the market, and this share will grow to 28.5% by the end of 2010. This is part of a larger trend of international retailers expanding to Canada, which has occurred because Canadian consumers are still spending and the ease of breaking into the Canadian market. Competition for Canadian retailers will continue to come from the companies already here that are rapidly expanding (like Sweden’s H&M and Spain’s Zara), retailers that are opening their first stores (like US-based J. Crew), and an increase in e-commerce among Canadians.

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10. Upcoming Events

Application Deadline for [FAT| Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week
Toronto
December 22, 2010; Late deadline January 9, 2011
[FAT] invites contemporary fashion designers and visual artists to showcase their work in the upcoming festival in April 2011. For more information visit www.GETFAT.ca. For inquiries: vanja@alternativefashionweek.com

Toronto Imprint Canada Show
Toronto
January 7 – 8, 2011
Trade show and educational workshops and seminars for imprintable sportswear and promotional product buyers.
To exhibit or register, visit www.imprintcanada.com/Tics/.
Location: Toronto Congress Centre, North Building, 650 Dixon Rd.

Accessorie Circuit
New York City
January 9 – 11, 2011
Trade show featuring juried accessories and footwear for women.
To register as a retailer, visit www.enkregistrations.com. To register as a buyer, email buyer@enkshows.com.
Location: The Show Piers, 12th Ave. at 55th St.

AccessoriesTheShow New York
New York City
January 9 – 11, 2011
Trade show featuring spring/summer 2011 juried accessories such as jewellery, handbags, cold weather accessories, hair accessories, shoes and more. To exhibit or register, visit www.accessoriestheshow.com/new-york-jan-2011-spring-summer/.
Location: Javits Center, Manhattan

D&A
Los Angeles
January 9 - 11, 2011
Trade show featuring women's ready-to-wear and accessories. Registration for buyers happens on-site. A buyer or visitor must present their business card at the registration desk entering the show. To exhibit, visit www.designersandagents.com/english/main.html.
Location: Cooper Design Space, 860 South Los Angeles St.

Fame
New York City
January 9 – 11, 2011
Trade show featuring junior and young contemporary spring/summer 2011 apparel. To register, visit www.fameshows.com/ATTEND_set.htm. To exhibit, email Amy Nathan at amyn@busjour.com.
Location: Javits Center, Manhattan

Intermezzo Collections
New York City
January 9 – 11, 2011
Women’s apparel shown to fill a gap between immediate and future deliveries in juried international ready-to-wear. To register as a retailer, visit www.enkregistrations.com. To register as a buyer, email buyer@enkshows.com.
Location: The Show Piers, 12th Ave. at 55th St.

Moda Manhattan
New York City
January 9 – 11, 2011
Trade show featuring juried fall/winter 2011 ready-to-wear, such as activewear, special occasion/evening, outerwear/coats, suits/careerwear, dresses, knitwear/sweaters, sportswear and more. The show is shopped by over 8,000 retailers. To exhibit or register, visit www.modamanhattan.com/manhattan/index.html.
Location: Javits Center, Manhattan

Nouveau Collective
New York City
January 9 – 11, 2011
Trade show featuring women’s apparel and accessory collections for retailers. For information:
www.nouveaucollectivetradeshows.com/
Location: Penn Pavilion, 401 Seventh Ave. at 33rd St.

Première Vision New York
New York City
January 11 – 12, 2011
This textile trade show offers a large selection of fabrics as well as trimming collections, and the Fabric Forum, the ultimate guide to the main season trends. To register, visit www.premierevision-newyork.com/index.php.
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion & Altman Building, 125-135 West, 18th St.

Project New York
New York City
January 16 – 18, 2011
International trade show. To exhibit or register, visit www.project.magiconline.com.

HKTDC World Boutique, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
January 17–20, 2011
Trade show featuring designers’ collections, branded fashion products and accessories from around the world, as well as fashion shows, market, and seminars. To exhibit or register, visit www.hktdc.com/fair/worldboutiquehk-en/HKTDC-World-Boutique-Hong-Kong.html.
Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai

California Gift Show
Los Angeles
January 18 – 24, 2011
The show is the largest wholesale gift show on the West Coast featuring over 1,000 contemporary and traditional exhibitors and showrooms representing 12,000 lines. To exhibit or register, visit www.californiagiftshow.com/.
Location: L.A. Mart and Los Angeles Convention Center

Bread & Butter
Berlin
January 19 – 21, 2011
This tradeshow features denim, street and urban wear. To exhibit or register, visit www.breadandbutter.com/winter2011-absolute/home/.
Location: Airport Berlin-Tempelhof, Platz der Luftbrücke 5

Designers at Jumeirah Essex House
New York
January 19 – 21, 2011
Trade show for higher-end apparel sold to boutiques, specialty and department stores, featuring spring 2011 designer collections exclusive to Jumeirah Essex House. To become a member (in order to exhibit) or register, visit www.designersattheessexhouse.com/index.html.
Location: Jumeirah Essex House

Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion Week
Berlin
January 19 – 22, 2011
Fall/winter 2012 ready-to-wear designer collections. For info: http://www.mercedes-benzfashionweek.com/

STYLEMAX
Chicago
January 29 – 31, 2011
Women’s apparel and accessory trade show. To exhibit or register, visit www.stylemaxonline.com.
Location: The Merchandise Mart

Mode Accessories
Toronto
January 31 – February 1, 2011
Trade show devoted to women's fashion accessories, casual apparel and fashion items. To exhibit, visit www.mode-accessories.com/spring-summer_application (there is a waiting list for exhibit space with an estimated 24 to 36 month wait-time for new exhibitors). To register, visit www.mode-accessories.com/spring-summer_registration.
Location: Doubletree International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Rd.

Spring Fair International
Birmingham
February 6 – 10, 2011
The trade show is one of Britain’s largest home and gift trade events attracting more than 80,000 buyers. To exhibit or register, visit www.springfair.com/springmobile/HomePage.aspx.
Location: National Exhibition Centre

Première Vision Paris
Paris
February 8 – 11, 2011
Textile trade show featuring spring/summer 2012 fabrics. Pre-registration will open on December 1. For more information, visit www.premierevision.fr.
Location: Parc d’Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
New York
February 10 - 17, 2011
Designer runway shows for fall/winter 2011. Press and buyers to register at http://www.mbfashionweek.com/register.
Location: Lincoln Center, located between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

Denis Gagnon, a Couturier at the Museum: Ten Years of Fashion Design
Montreal
Ongoing until February 13, 2011
A retrospective of Canadian designer Denis Gagnon's work.
Location: The Contemporary Art Square at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)

Pure London
London
February 13 – 15, 2011
Trade show featuring womenswear, footwear, and accessory brands. The six key buying sections of the show are womenswear directional, boutique, studio, and premium; footwear; and accessories. There are over 12,000 visitors every year. To exhibit or register, visit www.purelondon.com.
Location: Olympia & Earls Court London

AccessoriesTheShow Las Vegas
Las Vegas
February 14 – 16, 2011
Trade show featuring accessory collections at the moderate price point targeted at West Coast and international retailers. To exhibit or register, visit www.accessoriestheshow.com/las-vegas-aug-2010-holiday-resort.
Location: The Venetian

KIDShow
Las Vegas
February 14 – 16, 2011
Trade show featuring children’s apparel accessories from newborn to pre-teen. To exhibit or register, visit www.kidshow.cc.
Location: Bally’s Hotel

MAGIC Marketplace
Las Vegas
February 14 – 16, 2011
Trade show featuring men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, footwear and accessories. To exhibit or register, visit www.magiconline.com.
Location: Mandalay Bay Convention Center, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Moda Las Vegas
Las Vegas
February 14 – 16, 2011
Trade show featuring transition/fall 2011 women’s ready-to-wear. To exhibit or register, visit www.modamanhattan.com/lasvegas/index.html.
Location: The Venetian

POOL Trade Show
Las Vegas
February 14 – 16, 2011
Trade show for the boutique market. The show features emerging art and design-driven brands. To exhibit or register, visit www.pooltradeshow.com/index.html.

Project Las Vegas
Las Vegas
February 14 – 16, 2011
International trade show. To exhibit or register, visit www.project.magiconline.com.

Alberta Gift Show
Edmonton
February 20 – 23, 2011
This is one of the largest gift shows in Western Canada with over 500 exhibitors that attract over 13,000 visitors. To exhibit or register, visit www.cgta.org/Giftshow/AB/Home.aspx.
Location: Northlands, Edmonton EXPO Centre

By Hand Alberta
Edmonton
February 20 – 23, 2011
The 11th edition of By Hand Alberta will run concurrently with the Alberta Gift Show. To exhibit or register, visit www.byhand.ca.
Location: Hall A Edmonton Expo Centre (formerly AgriCom Building), 7515 – 118 Ave.

The Train
New York
February 20 – 22, 2011
This trade show offers designers unique ways to present their fall/winter collections and attracts over 3,000 visitors from around the world. The Box, a selective showcase presentation of high-end accessories, was added in 2009. To exhibit or register, visit www.thetrainnewyork.com/en.
Location: Terminal Warehouse, Chelsea

Vancouver Gift Show
Vancouver
February 27 – 28, 2011
Trade gift show. To exhibit or register, visit www.vancouvergiftexpo.com/index.html.
Location: PNE Forum Building, 2901 East Hasting St.

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Promote your company’s services in the Resources section of TFI’s website, www.fashionincubator.com, to a young and fashionable group of influencers. Are you a contractor, patternmaker, fabric supplier or retail store? Are you looking for new clients and FREE marketing exposure? Simply download the appropriate form here and send it to TFI. There is NO cost to participate; this is a free service to the community provided by the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

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TFI NEWS is a FREE industry newsletter publication sent to all TFI members and to those who request it. Please forward this newsletter to other interested individuals and help spread the word! Information is intended for interactive and information purposes only. Submissions and feedback are welcome from all and should be sent to TFI.

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CONTACT US
Editor-In-Chief, Susan Langdon
Senior Editor, Doris Montanera
Contributors: Mai Tran, Gail McInnes
www.fashionincubator.com/about/contact_us/index.shtml

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