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TFI News March/ April 2009

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March/ April 2009
Volume 17, Issue 2

1. ELLE New Labels® Gala April 25, 2009 at The Carlu
2. TFI News LG Fashion Week Blogspot
3. I Heart MFW by Susan Langdon
4. Branding With Barbie by Gail McInnes
5. TFI Introduces New Studio Rates
6. Styling The Stars
7. Share Your News With TFI
8. Thank You Donors
9. Fashion Births & Deaths: A tally of good news and bad news on the fashion front
10. Scene & Heard
11. Top Picks
12. Upcoming Events

1. ELLE New Labels® Gala April 25, 2009 At The Carlu
The dramatic conclusion of the Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labels® Fashion Design Competition takes place on April 25th at The Carlu during an evening of fashion, shopping and unparalleled innovation. After a rigorous six-month design competition, an inspiring runway show unveils four talented finalists: Faren, Jody Leigh, Gushueswim and Thieves, as they compete for an ELLE Canada prize package valued at over $25,000. See Brazilian-inspired swimwear go up against avant-garde apparel in a ground-breaking event packed with fashion insiders.

Watch charismatic emcee Anne-Marie Mediwake (co-anchor of the News Hour at 6, Global News) and noteworthy competition judges Nathalie Atkinson (fashion journalist, National Post), Kim D’Eon (entertainment reporter, ET Canada), David Dixon (designer, David Dixon Inc.), Teresa Isabella (design director, Bluenotes), Peter Papapetrou (fashion director, Lush Magazine) and Rita Silvan (editor-in-chief, ELLE Canada) deliberate live at the gala to decide the winner.

Gala tickets, which start at $55, are available at www.elleshow.ca and include cocktails, silent auction, gift bag and fashion show. Doors open at 6pm for VIP ticket purchasers, 7pm for General Admission. A portion of the net proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

2. TFI News LG Fashion Week Blogspot

A special report by TFI News featuring the highlights and lowlights of LG Fashion Week (March 16 to 20, 2009) through the eyes of the TFI News editorial team: Susan Langdon, Gail McInnes and Doris Montanera. Click here for reviews on all the shows and the after-party scene.

3. I Heart MFW
By Susan Langdon

Held in historic Old Montreal at the Marché Bonsecours from March 2 to 5, 2009, the 16th edition of Montreal Fashion Week celebrated the fall collections of Quebec’s top designers and emerging talents. Headliners included Marie Saint Pierre, Denis Gagnon and Philippe Dubuc, fresh from a brief design stint with Irish label Sarah Pacini.

While the event was smaller than Toronto Fashion Week with just 17 runway shows over four, half-days, show organizers Sensation Mode featured 52 collections in Le Showroom, a minimal-rail trade show designed for writing orders and encouraging other business transactions. Daily rotations of designer wares kept the offerings fresh for visiting buyers and media. TFI News spotted several TFI members including Juma, Thieves by Sonja den Elzen, Dagg and Stacey and House of Spy who showed both the HOS label and knitwear line Beatrice Holloway. “It’s been pretty good,” commented House of Spy designer Wendy Wong who was participating in her first Le Showroom. “I just wrote an order with a new account from Los Angeles, I got an order from one of my current stores and I’ve been seeing a steady stream of buyers.”

Mid-week, came the surprise announcement of Montreal Freestyle, a $2.4-million, three-year joint investment by the City of Montreal and the province of Quebec to brand Montreal as the centre of fashion in North America. The strategy will include developing a visual brand for Montreal fashion, funding of industry events, developing a commanding web presence and establishing an office to coordinate fashion initiatives. The funds are in addition to the $82 million already being provided by the City to boost the industry.

Back on the runway, many collections featured black, black and more black. “Black is the new black,” mused one fashionista while taking in the shows and observing the black-clad audience. So while colour took a back seat to neutrals this season, designers who experimented with texture, detail and silhouette did not disappoint.

In his come-back collection, Philippe Dubuc’s 2009 fall/winter menswear juxtaposed raw and soft elements, heavy and featherweight textures, billowy shapes and well-defined silhouettes. Designer Marie Saint Pierre (below, left) presented new and inventive looks dominated by her signature ruffles, crinkled textures and asymmetry. Denis Gagnon (below, right), arguably Canada’s best avant-garde yet marketable designer, dipped into his favourite materials—leather, silks and luxurious jerseys—to craft a majestic collection infused with asymmetrical detailing and neo-Roman draping. Silver fox trims and accessories, developed by Gagnon while on an apprenticeship at Saga Furs in Copenhagen, created glamour and desire for an overall stellar and breathtaking show.

Photos: Jimmy Hamelin/Sensation Mode

4. Branding With Barbie
By Gail McInnes

Barbie celebrated her 50th birthday throughout the world collaborating with some of the world’s most influential fashion houses. Mattel Canada collaborated with five Canadian brands to design exclusive product lines: David Dixon created an entire line of Barbie-inspired clothing which debuted on opening night at LG Fashion Week; Cake Beauty developed a collection of creams, mists, scrubs and even a signature scent; Town Shoes designed a line of Barbie shoes for women; Glenn Dixon’s line of home furnishings and accessories are currently on display at The Bay; and Foxy Originals’ jewellery line was inspired by Barbie’s original black and white swimsuit from 1959.

Co-branding your fashion company with another brand can create challenges for designers; ensuring your brand is the right fit and shares the same core values is important when corroborating on a partnership.

TFI News had the opportunity to interview Jennifer Kluger from Foxy Originals who created a line of Barbie-inspired jewellery after being introduced to the Mattel Licensing team through the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

Why do you feel your brand is a good fit with Barbie?
For us, Barbie represents a gal who lives her dreams, uses fashion in many fun ways to demonstrate self-expression and of course, she is obsessed with pink! Foxy shares the same vision of fun, fashion and a world accented with lots of pink. Barbie is also continually evolving with women and girls of all ages and the Foxy Originals line worn by women of all ages—we think the brand collaboration is a great fit.

What are the challenges working with an established corporate brand?
Overall it has been great working with an established brand like Mattel. Because Barbie is such a huge icon, the brand staff must do a lot to ensure that the intellectual property and design integrity of it is upheld. This involves many steps in the approval process but, really, it comes with the territory of working with a large corporation. We were fortunate to start the project with Mattel in the summer so there was enough time to get everything through the approval process.

What are you hoping to achieve with the collaboration?
We are hoping to bring something to our current Foxy Originals customers that will bring smiles to their faces. Also, we see this as an opportunity to introduce Barbie fans to the Foxy Originals brand.

What would your advice be to others when a co-branding opportunity is presented?
Make sure there is potential for mutual benefit between the two lines in partnership. The brand you’re partnering with must offer an opportunity to grow your customer base, increase your distribution or raise your awareness. And for the brand you work with, your line must do the same. Also, make sure you have enough time dedicated to the project to see it through effectively.

What does the Barbie connection mean to you?
The Barbie by Foxy Originals project allowed us to think back to our first encounters with fashion through our own Barbie dolls—dressing them up in fantasy outfits and imagining their lives. So it was a special honour to be picked by Mattel to produce a line for Barbie. We are very proud of this collection and look forward to the launch. Our inner child got very spoiled through the process.

The Barbie by Foxy Originals line is on sale now at www.foxyoriginals.com and in independent boutiques across Canada. For more information, visit www.barbie50.ca.

5. TFI Introduces New Studio Rates


Affordable workspaces from only $275/month
Steps away from Liberty Village


Creative, caring and fuelled by a love of fashion, TFI offers a nurturing and co-operative workspace for new and emerging fashion and design entrepreneurs. Join the ranks of celebrated members and alumni including Joeffer Caoc, David Dixon, Colette Harmon, House of Spy, Juma, Arthur Mendonça and many more!

• Professional + creative environment with business support readily available
Close to TTC & GO Transit
• Heritage site with renovated, modern interior
• Prestigious co-branding with TFI to build a competitive marketing and promotional advantage
• Professional business mailing address
• Press and industry credibility gained through your brand association with TFI's Resident program
• Networking with other residents, outreach members and creative individuals
• Exclusive promotional and marketing opportunities
• Invitations to industry parties and events

Starting at $275/month - Shared Day Studio with access to full production and sampling facilities 2.5 days/week
Starting at $400/month - Private Studio with 24/7 access (perfect for any creative entrepreneur such as a jewellery designer, illustrator or publicist who does not need professional sewing machines)
Starting at $500/month - Private Studio with 24/7 access to full production and sampling facilities (perfect for companies requiring use of sewing equipment such as a fashion designer or stylist)

Prices quoted above include base rent, utilities and TMI (taxes, maintenance and insurance)

*The Early Bird Deal expires April 30, 2009. Terms & conditions apply.
Contact TFI for more information and for a personal tour of the workspace.

6. Styling The Stars

Opportunities to dress stars appear more often than most designers are aware. There are hundreds of events where the media are poised to take photos and interview celebrities. And it’s not just red carpet award shows like the Toronto International Film Festival or the MuchMusic Video Awards. Celebrities are constantly in profile, whether attending an event, being interviewed about their latest project or hosting high-end charity galas. Having a dress or an accessory worn by an often-photographed personality can mean up to millions of dollars worth of publicity to a label.

Sourcing those opportunities and using them to a designer’s advantage can pose a challenge to most emerging designers who do not have the resources, time or budget to build and grow relationships with the right people. The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) is often approached by high-profile organizations, offering members the chance to be included in celebrity swag bags. Recently the Academy of Canadian Cinema contacted the TFI about celebrity gift lounge sampling opportunity at the Genie Awards taking place in Ottawa this year. Two TFI members, accessory designer Leah Bazian and jewellery designer Katherine Song, were confirmed for the Genie gift lounge where their items got into the hands of the likes of nominees Susan Sarandon, Kristen Booth and Ellen Burstyn.

"I think Canada has such a plethora of talented artists in all outlets that it just makes sense to support one another,” says Gemini Award-winning actor Kristen Booth. “The more we support one another the farther and more widespread our voices and visions will be seen and heard. I never feel more proud on the red carpet than when I'm wearing a Canadian designer’s work."

The TFI is proud to present the Styling the Stars seminar featuring an open Q&A session with a panel of high-profile members including celebrity stylist Linda Gaylard and Corner Gas actor Tara Spencer-Nairn.

Hosted by Paradise Falls actor Amanda Brugel and TFI News managing editor Gail McInnes, the owners of Canada’s promotional management agency The Style Box, this seminar will help fashion and accessory designers learn how to:

• get their designs on the red carpet
• build long-lasting relationships with publicists and celebrities
• get your product in the hands of celebrities
• increase and source opportunities
• realize the value of celebrity endorsement

Registered attendees are encouraged to send questions for our panel members in advance to gail@fashionincubator.com.

The seminar will be held at the Toronto Fashion Incubator, 285 Manitoba Dr., on Thursday, May 14, 2009. Doors open at 5:30pm for coffee and networking. The seminar presentations begin at 6pm. TFI members: $35+ GST. Non-members: $50 + GST. Tickets available online at www.fashionincubator.com/shop.

Right, Amanda Brugel in Joeffer Caoc

7. 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 gail@fashionincubator.com.

8. 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: Gail McInnes, Joyce Hum, Cameron Gordon, Peter Scida, Natasha Kanji, Mary Jo Looby, Esther Griego, Cathie Posch, Ada Ho, Cynthia Jordan.
Supporters: Mouvain Lee, Eileen Leung, Andrea Williams, Fulton Lee, Alex Lewin, Janice Harper.
Benefactors: Wanda Ho, Giuseppe Viscomi, Roxann Grant, Helen Moroz, Lisa Bradburn

Donor Categories: Contributor: $50 and under; Supporter: $50 to $100; Benefactor: $100 to $500; Patron: $500 and up. If you would like to make a donation to TFI please click here.

9. Fashion Births & Deaths
A tally of good news and bad news on the fashion front

First the good news…:
Spanner Opens First Freestanding Canadian Store
Spanner is opening a flagship store in Shops at Don Mills, Toronto’s first outdoor lifestyle centre. The 3,600-square-foot space at 35 Karl Fraser Road and Pabst Lane features a modern interior with a 20-foot, raised central ceiling and an elevated display platform, topped by an illuminated ornamental ceiling fixture in the centre front of the store. A spacious lounge area is equipped with individual LCD monitors to keep children and shopping companions entertained, while the changerooms are generously sized, with a serenity waterfall to create a calm atmosphere (in what, to some, can be a harrowing experience). The contemporary womenswear collection includes everything from sporty to sexy separates and dresses in bold prints, bright colours and softly controlled shapes in sizes XS to XL and 2 to 18; “Petites” 2 to 14 and “Woman’s” 14 to 24. The Kitchener, Ont.-based label was established in 1973 and is now available at more than 1,000 fine specialty retailers across North America. For more information, visit www.spannerstyle.com.

Tiffany’s Opens In Yorkdale
Luxury retailer Tiffany & Co. is opening a 6,200-square-foot location in Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. Tiffany’s vice-president Andrea Hopson says the Yorkdale store, which is one level and about half the size of the brand’s Canadian flagship on Bloor Street, will focus more on Tiffany’s fine jewellery rather than gifts.

Anthropologie Debuting In Toronto
U.S.-based clothing and home décor chain Anthropologie confirmed recent whispers of expanding north of the border. Its flagship store will open in 2010 at 100 Yorkville Ave. at Bellair, taking over two floors totalling 12,000 square feet. Anthropologie is owned by Urban Outfitters Inc.

Chasse Gardee Steps On To Queen
New accessory store Chasse Gardee popped up at 1084 Queen St. W. in Toronto recently with a stock of hard-to-find labels. Owner Daniella Bosco carries only one shoe in each size ranging from 5 to 10, with brands including Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Finsk, Grey Aunt and Jeffrey Campbell, and also a line of vegan bags by Hyde S.K.

Diesel Opens Toronto Location
Italian denim company Diesel is opening its first flagship in Toronto’s Yorkville this April. The multi-level store will house all of Diesel's rock-chick wares, as well as its menswear and kids collections.

Now the bad…:
Finishing Touches Closes
After 34 years Finishing Touches has closed its doors. The 3,000-square-foot north-Toronto retail destination, which has weathered several economic storms, finally succumbed to this recession.

No More Mac•Mor
Men’s outerwear manufacturer Mac•Mor has stuck a for lease sign in front on its factory in Toronto’s north fashion district and is preparing to close its doors. The 60-year-old family-owned business is honouring its spring orders and commitments, shipping all orders and taking care of all payables and debt obligations.

Zola Shoes Closes Its Doors
Instead of celebrating a 10-year anniversary, Toronto’s high-end footwear retailer Zola Shoes announced it was closing its doors. When it opened in 1998, Zola Shoes became a destination for an elite list of customers delighted to find labels unavailable elsewhere in Canada. Owner Debra Anissimoff broadcast the closure to her customers on March 5 with an email message stating, “It has been a pleasure to scout the world markets bringing to you unique designer shoes and accessories. Thank you for putting your best foot forward in shoes from Zola.”

RK Stores Close
Wing Son Group officially announced the closure of its chain of RK stores. All locations were closed by March 1 after massive discounts of items selling for no more than $10 each regardless of the original price. Presently there is no news about Wing Son’s continuing operations.

CBC Television Cancels Fashion File
CBC’s Fashion File ended production on March 31, 2009, and will not be returning to the schedule for next season. "Our decision to conclude Fashion File has nothing to do with the show or its host Adrian Mainella," says Kirstine Layfield, executive director of network programming for CBC Television. "We intend to retain the brand, which we co-own with FASHION magazine, and hope to use it in other ways across our various platforms. We'd like to thank Adrian and the entire production team for their creativity, passion and commitment to Fashion File." Also announced were changes to the daytime lifestyle program Steven and Chris, which will go on hiatus next season with production of the program continuing until April 15, 2009. Both programs will run on repeat in the networks’ afternoon schedule.

10. Scene & Heard

TFI Member At The Oscars
ET Canada challenged three designers from across Canada to compete for the chance to dress host Cheryl Hickey (left) for the Oscars. Ines Di Santo, who designed Hickey's wedding gown, up-and-coming designer Rodney Philpott of Shkank, and Cindy Renee Mathieu of Sodaliscious were selected as the three competitors. Viewers were invited to vote on their favourite red carpet look online at www.globaltv.com. The winner was TFI member Cindy Renee Mathieu of Sodalicious who TFI Diaries’ Carolyn Rohaly interviewed before the announcement. Read the post here.

FGI Rising Stars 2009 Awards
The Toronto chapter of Fashion Group International (FGI) recently sent out a call for nominations for the FGI Rising Stars 2009 Awards (RS09). Each year, seven rising stars are recognized in the following categories: men’s apparel, women’s apparel, accessory, retail, beauty, interior design, and green. Fashion, beauty or design companies with less than five years experience, currently selling a product or service, are eligible. Confirmed nominees are then judged by the Rising Stars 2009 Creative Committee who will select three finalists in each category. The winner for each category receives a Rising Star award, a $2,500 grant, media exposure, additional space within the RS09 publication and presence within the RS09 installation at Toronto and Montreal Fashion events. The RS09 Awards event will take place in June 2009. For more information visit www.fgitoronto.org.

Foxy Launches E-Boutique
TFI members Jen Kluger and Suzie Orol of Foxy Originals have launched a new e-boutique at www.foxyoriginals.com/foxystore. Shop Foxy's complete assortment of fun, funky and fashionable jewellery including the new Barbie™ by Foxy Originals line in celebration of Barbie's 50th birthday.

Hudson’s Bay Co. Drops Acronym And Launches New Logo
Canada’s oldest retailer, Hudson’s Bay Co. recently revealed the company’s redesigned corporate logo, dropping the HBC acronym and returning to the “Hudson’s Bay Co.” The new design was created to reflect its heritage. “It’s [the logo] definitely steeped in tradition, in terms of stripes and the crest, but made clean and modern to show that it’s still relevant today,” said Pablo Mozo, the creative director of Toronto-based Arcade Agency, which designed it, in a press statement. “It’s taking the heritage and updating it without reinventing it.” The new logo will be fully in use on all official Olympic apparel, athlete uniforms and advertising initiatives surrounding the 2010 Olympic Games.

Green Is Black Shifts Focus Online
After only one year of operation, the eco-friendly fashion boutique Green is Black announced early-March that it would be closing is sole location on Toronto’s Yonge Street by the end of the month. The store is shutting its physical space to operate as an online boutique at www.greenisblack.ca. “Retail is changing and so is the store,” states owner Kerry MacMullin. “I’m shutting down in order to shift time and energy to the web store and develop a line of accessories made of reclaimed materials.” For more information, contact MacMullin at kerry@greenisblack.ca, or 416-454-5650.

Vote For Dean And Dan Caten Of DSQUARED2 For Canada’s Walk Of Fame
Recognized as one of Canada’s most successful design exports, Dean and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2 (right) have been recognized for their contributions to the fashion industry receiving numerous awards throughout the years, including Men of the Year by GQ Magazine in 2003 for Best Breakthrough Design Team; the prestigious Spanish Aguja de Oro in 2006; and recently, the Toronto chapter of Fashion Group International recognized the duo for their outstanding contribution to the industry. They are currently nominated to receive a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. To vote, visit www.canadaswalkoffame.com/nomination, and write “Dean and Dan Caten” in Nominee Selection.

Fashion Cares Preps For 2010
Premier AIDS fundraising fashion show and gala Fashion Cares, whose last show was held on November 1, 2008, is taking a year’s hiatus. ”We have decided that using 2009 as a bridge year for sponsors and patrons will ensure we are well positioned to make Fashion Cares 2010 spectacular and the most memorable yet,” says volunteer chair Michael King. “We're encouraging key volunteers, sponsors and others to start the wheels in motion now for Fashion Cares 2010.” In the meantime, the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) will focus on a number of Fashion Cares satellite events throughout 2009, details of which will be announced over the next few months. For more information, contact Andrew Brett, ACT communications coordinator, at 416-340-8484 x 225 or abrett@actoronto.org.

Bloomingdale’s Designer Open-See
American department store Bloomingdale’s is currently hosting a series of Designer Open See days on the first Friday of every month until May 2009 for accessory and ready-to-wear designers. The series started on Friday, February 6 with the last on Friday, May 1 from 12 noon until 4pm. The Open See is on a first-come, first-served basis; TFI recommends designers get there early in the morning to line up at the Bloomingdale’s Fashion Office located on the 11th floor of their New York offices across the street from their flagship store at 155 East 60th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues). For more information call 212- 705-3437.

Denis Gagnon Bags Now Available
Montreal-based designer Denis Gagnon recently launched his line of bags for Fullum & Holt. They are available online at www.fullumboutique.com.

Biffi Measures Up A Winner
Toronto-based designer and Project Runway Canada contestant Jessica Biffi won the television show’s March 3 challenge, which took her garment from runway to reality. The challenge was for each of the remaining seven designers to create a dress that would take customers from day to evening. Biffi won the challenge with her asymmetrical jersey dress featured in select Winners stores across Canada in four colours with sizes ranging from 4 to 14 and retailing for $99.99. This is the first time the discount retailer will be selling an original garment design made specifically for its stores. Last season’s winner Evan Biddell recently designed a shopping tote for the store. To find out where you can purchase her dress, visit www.winners.ca/en/stores_list.asp.

FLARE Magazine Celebrates 30 Years
Fashion and beauty magazine FLARE is gearing up to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. The magazine was first published as Miss Chatelaine in 1964 and changed its name to FLARE in 1979. "FLARE has launched the careers of the country's most sought-after designers, photographers, models and editors," says editor-in-chief Lisa Tant. Anniversary celebrations are already underway and will include special promotions, new editorial features, enhanced web initiatives, contests, a special edition and a soon-to-be announced gala celebration. One new feature already active on its website is the Canadian Designer Directory which lists top Canadian labels, with links to designer biographies and websites, images from recent runway shows and where to buy the designs. For more information, visit www.flare.com.

Project Runway Contestant Loses Cancer Battle
PRC2 contestant Danio Frangella (right) passed away at the age of 34 on February 10, 2009, after a seven-year battle with cancer. Frangella was forced to leave the show during the first episode due to health problems. He was quoted on his Project Runway Canada Profile as saying, "There are Canadians that go abroad and work at the forefront of the fashion world and choose to come back and develop the Canadian fashion scene and not give up on it. I am one of those people." Frangella started his career at Toronto’s International Academy of Design then moved to Italy to further his education. He worked for some of the world’s top labels including Ungaro and Balenciaga.

Buy Design Goes Intergalactic
The sixth annual BuyDesign fundraiser for Windfall Clothing, Canada’s only new clothing bank, is set to rocket off at 8pm on Saturday, April 18, at the Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s Distillery District. The event will be hosted by Adrian Mainella of CBC’s Fashion File. This year’s theme is inspired by the science-fiction cult movie Barbarella. The gala features a Beauty Lab, go-go dance floor, “over-the-moon” cocktails, a live and silent auction and even arcade-game favourite, Space Invaders. Followers of @Buybarella on Twitter are automatically entered to win passes to the event. Tickets are $75 each or $375 for six. Order online at buydesignforwindfall.ca/ or call 416-703-8435.

MODA Joins Forces With Fashionably Yours
Opening to the public on Thursday, March 5, MODA, located at 623 Queen St. W. in Toronto, added a designer consignment boutique area to its store, Fashionably Yours. The boutique caters to young and trendy bargain seekers who are looking for gently used local and high-end designer dresses, apparel, accessories and bags at recession-friendly prices. For those interested in selling their wares contact Janet Han at 647-802-9687 or email sell@fashionablyyours.ca. Visit www.fashionablyyours.ca for more information.

Access: USA
Customs Brokerage firm The Milgram Group of Companies have developed a new division, Access: USA. It gives exporters a competitive edge when selling to the American market by helping them land their goods into the U.S. at lower costs, improving their inventory controls and simplifying their reporting to both Canadian and U.S. government agencies. To learn more about Access: USA, download its flyer or contact Sophia Spoltore at 514-288-2161.

Judy Inc Launches New Site And Location
Judy Inc, one of Canada’s top artist agencies, recently announced its second location in the heart of Vancouver. The new location is now open at Railtown Studios, 321 Railway St., Suite 406. To celebrate the expansion and to keep industry insiders current on its artists, the agency also launched Judy INK at www.judyink.com/.

11. Top Picks

TFI resident Ashley Rowe is interviewed by the National Post’s Nathalie Atkinson.

Stylesight is a team of seasoned and accomplished industry insiders whose extensive careers traverse the fields of fashion design, trend analysis, forecasting, reporting, merchandising and apparel manufacturing.

The National Post discusses manufacturing in Canada.

A site for those currently running a small business in Canada or looking to start one during 2009 The Muchmor Business Network (MBN) offers business contacts.

Daily dish on the world’s fashion weeks, news, parties and launches.

12. Upcoming Events

April 19 – 21, 2009
Toronto Congress Centre. The only show in Canada featuring luggage, handbags, business cases, small leathergoods and accessories. Showcasing over 400 brands with over 1,200 retailers attending. To exhibit or register, visit www.LLHAshow.com.

April 21 – 24, 2009
|FAT| Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week
The Fermenting Cellar, 55 Mill St. E., Building 6, The Distillery District, Toronto. |FAT| Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week is back for its fourth year of fashion, performance, visual art and music. This multifaceted annual event showcases 200 fashion designers, visual artists, musicians, performers and dancers across the country and beyond. In April 2009 over 5,000 people across four explosive days and nights will come together to connect, create and experience the next big thing. 6pm – 1am every night. Tickets $20 at select locations, $25 at the door. For ticket info and to get inspired, visit www.getfat.ca. For media inquiries, contact Michelle Reagan at michelle@alternativefashionweek.com.

April 25, 2009
The ELLE Canada New Labels Gala
The Carlu, 444 Yonge St., Toronto, 6pm VIP reception, 7pm General Admission reception, 9pm New Labels runway fashion show. ELLE Canada hosts a fashion gala featuring the finalists of the TFI New Labels Fashion Design Competition. Enjoy the not-to-be-missed runway show, a silent auction featuring amazing prizes, delicious cocktails & hors d'oeuvres, a VIP dinner, an ELLE Canada goody bag filled with beauty products from P&G Beauty and all of this while schmoozing with celebrities and shopping at fantastic vendor booths. Net gala proceeds will benefit the non-profit TFI. Tickets start at $55 and a portion of the net proceeds will benefit the Toronto Fashion Incubator. For tickets and more information, visit www.elleshow.ca.

April 25, 2009
The ELLE Show
The Carlu, 444 Yonge St., Toronto, 11am – 5pm. ELLE Canada presents a fun and fashionable day filled with consumer fashion shows, beauty seminars and celebrity speakers. Day tickets for the consumer show are available at www.elleshow.ca.

May 1 – 3, 2009
The Clothing Show
The Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Shop from over 300 booths showcasing independent designers, retailers and artisans from across Ontario. Visit www.theclothingshow.com for discount tickets and show information.

May 1 – 31, 2009
CONTACT Festival
An annual, month-long festival of photography with over 400 local, national and international artists at more than 200 venues across the Greater Toronto Area. CONTACT is a non-profit organization devoted to celebrating and fostering an appreciation of the art and profession of photography. For more info, visit www.contactphoto.com.

May 4, 2009
TFI Members Meeting
TFI, 285 Manitoba Dr., Toronto, 6pm. Share ideas and discuss what it’s like to own a fashion business. Chat about everything from fabrics and sample contractors to organizing fashion shows and how to get into the market. Brainstorm ideas and solutions! Hosted by TFI blogger, Carolyn Rohaly. Register at TFI Shop before April 30th.

May 4 – 6, 2009
Accessories Circuit, The Show
The Show Piers, 12th Avenue at 55th Street, New York. Juried accessories and footwear show for women, focusing on high-end costume to fine jewellery. Note: No pre-registration for this show. For more information, visit www.enkshows.com or email accessoriescircuit@enkshows.com.

May 6, 2009
Precious Metal
Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Rd., Toronto. Harley-Davidson hosts a decadent Garage Party for women. The event will feature great prizes and raffles including Harley-Davidson Leather Jackets, a spa experience, and many more! Plus…what would a party be without delicious food and cocktails! The Toronto event will be hosted by the dynamic Liz West from CityTV, the feature the musical talents of the sultry songstress Jill Barber. Karen Davidson, the great-granddaughter of the company’s co-founder William A. Davidson, will also be in attendance at the event. First 100 tickets are only $65! For tickets visit www.preciousmetal2009.ca

May 12, 2009
Developing an Online Presence
TFI, 285 Manitoba Dr., Toronto, 6pm. Join Joanna Track, Publisher & Founder, Sweetspot.ca and Patricia Angyal, Owner, Stylefly Inc. for an exciting presentation on one of today’s hottest topics! Come to this seminar to learn about developing a successful online presence to enhance your PR, sales and marketing objectives. Register at TFI Shop for tickets.

May 14, 2009
Styling The Stars
TFI, 285 Manitoba Dr., Toronto, 6pm. Join high-profile panelists including celebrity stylist Linda Gaylard and actor Tara Spencer-Nairn (Corner Gas) for a lively discussion on celebrity dressing. Hosted by the owners of Canada’s newest promotional management agency, The Style Box: Amanda Brugel (actor, Splice, Paradise Falls) and Gail McInnes (TFI News), this seminar will help fashion and accessory designers learn how to get their designs on the red carpet in the hands of celebrities and build long-lasting relationships with publicists and stars. Register at TFI Shop for tickets.

June 12 – 16, 2009
The New Mart
The New Mart, 127 East Ninth St., Los Angeles. Fall/holiday contemporary and young designer apparel and accessories trade show. For more information, call 213-627-0671, email new_mart@hotmail.com, or visit www.newmart.net.

June 17 – 20, 2009
Fashion & Design Festival Montreal
McGill College Avenue, Montreal. The Montréal Fashion & Design Festival offers four days of fashion shows on outdoor stages in the heart of downtown Montréal. Audiences will be treated to close to 40 fashion shows, including eight major events, showcasing the collections of more than 100 labels and renowned designers. For more information, visit www.festivalmodedesign.com.

June 18, 2009
Going Green
TFI, 285 Manitoba Dr., Toronto, 6pm. Learn how to take your fashion business green from trend specialist Renee Labbe. Prepare for the shift in eco-consumerism and find out how this could help build your sales. The seminar will introduce TFI’s new Going Green Guidebook. Register at TFI Shop for tickets.

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