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TFI News January/ February 2006

TFI NEWS
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1987 – 2006
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January/February 2006
Volume 14, Issue 1

Highlights:
1. TFI New Labels® Fashion Event–March 22, 2006
2. First-ever White Cashmere Student Design Competition
3. 2006 TFI Board and Advisory
4. Scene + Heard
5. Upcoming Events
6. Top Picks

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1. TFI New Labels® Fashion Event–March 22, 2006
Tickets are NOW available
for the HOTTEST fashion event of the year!

TFI New Labels® takes place starting at 6:30pm at Hazelton Lanes Shopping Centre, 87 Avenue Rd., in Toronto on Wednesday, March 22, 2006. Watch to see who will win this year’s ELLE CANADA New Labels® Award valued at more than $25,000, including a one-page editorial in ELLE CANADA magazine.

Your event ticket includes:

* TFI New Labels® fashion show
* Sample exquisite Pays d’Oc wines from southern France
* Exclusive private shopping at TNT (20% off hot designer fashions with a portion of net sales donated to TFI)
* An ELLE CANADA goody bag

Tickets for TFI’s annual fundraising event and fashion show are $35 for the general public + GST. TFI members get special pricing (contact 416-971-7117 x 21 for details). Get your tickets today at TFI Shop http://www.fashionincubator.com/shop/index.shtml before they run out! Net proceeds from ticket sales and TNT shopping will benefit the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

TFI New Labels® is presented by ELLE CANADA and produced by the Toronto Fashion Incubator. Event sponsors include Vin de Pays d’Oc, Euphoria by Calvin Klein, TEDCO, Hazelton Lanes Shopping Centre, TD Canada Trust, TNT, M.A.C, Salon Daniel, Beehive Design, Laven Industries and Amazing Food Service.
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Canada’s Best to be Showcased at TNT–The New Trend

TNT–The New Trend is thrilled to sponsor the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels fashion competition on March 22, 2006, at Hazelton Lanes Shopping Centre. Selected to be on the panel of judges that will determine the winner of this year’s hottest design competition, TNT’s owner Arie Assaraf is honoured to be a part of an event that showcases the talents of innovative Canadian designers. Assaraf, for the first time in the contest’s history, will give the winner an opportunity to sell the line in TNT Blu at Hazelton Lanes.

Attendees of TFI’s New Labels competition will have access to a night of exclusive shopping at TNT Hazelton Lanes, where all merchandise will be 20% off, with a portion of net sales donated to the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

TNT, Toronto’s most unique fashion destination, encourages you to show your support for Canada’s design community on March 22, and hopes to see you at the New Labels fashion competition.

Please visit www.tntthenewtrend.com

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2. First-ever White Cashmere Student Design Competition

Canada’s fashion community will stage a global first with the launch of a ground-breaking student fashion design competition. The White Cashmere Student Design Competition is set to roll out in Toronto and Montreal over the next eight months starting Monday, February 20, 2006.

The student design competition is an evolution of Scott Paper Limited's two-year, international award-winning White Cashmere Collection from Cottonelle, which brought together 16 of Canada's top design talents, including Philippe Dubuc, Paul Hardy, Hilary Radley, Marie Saint Pierre, Mackage and David Dixon, to create beautiful white cashmere couture.

This year's first-of-its-kind program will take the White Cashmere Collection to an entirely new level. Designed to nurture and inspire Canada's young fashion talent, the White Cashmere Student Design Competition challenges fashion students in Toronto and Montreal to create original fashions in a new medium—pristine, un-cut, unquilted sheets of white Cashmere, Canada's luxurious, best-selling bathroom tissue.

Cashmere Bathroom Tissue Couture
Conceived to celebrate news that Cashmere has completely replaced the name Cottonelle in Canada, the competition invites Canada's designers of the future to flex their talent for innovation and creativity. An elite panel of Canadian fashion industry leaders, including Susan Langdon executive director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator, will award $2,500 educational bursaries to two talented young designers at glamorous media/VIP fashion show finales in Toronto and Montreal this fall.

The Toronto collection is curated by David Dixon, Style magazine's Canadian Women's Designer of the Year. He will mentor more than 50 students from George Brown College, the International Academy of Design and Seneca College. Quebec’s queen of couture, Marie Saint Pierre, is heading up the Montreal competition, which includes students from Académie des arts & du design and the l’École Supérieure de mode de Montréal. Eight students will be selected in both cities to compete in the Toronto and Montreal finals.

New York's Radar magazine has lauded Cashmere (Royal Flush, September 2005) for pushing the envelope by upscaling an everyday necessity through its breakthrough association with leading-edge Canadian designers and couture. This year’s competition will take Cashmere to new heights when bathroom tissue couture hits the runway this fall.

About Cashmere
Cashmere delivers a luxurious approach to softness in bathroom tissue to the Canadian market. An evolution of Cottonelle, Canada’s best-selling bathroom tissue, Cashmere reflects Scott Paper Limited’s continuing commitment to providing the finest quality tissue products to Canadian consumers. Cashmere will entirely replace the name Cottonelle by 2007, but will remain 100% Canadian-made.

For more information, contact Lindy Frank at Strategic Objectives.
Tel: 416-366-7735; Email: lindy.frank@strategicobjectives.com

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3. 2006 TFI Board and Advisory
At its Annual General Meeting held in January, the Toronto Fashion Incubator elected Mary Symons of Mary Symons & Associates Public Relations as chair of the Board of Directors for 2006. Continuing on as president is Kim O’Brien, manager of the TD Canada Trust branch located at Queen Street West and Spadina. Rounding out the board, members for 2006 include designer David Dixon, David Dixon Inc.; Councillor Adam Giambrone, City of Toronto Ward 18; lawyer Laurie LaPalme, Cassels Brock Blackwell LLP; and manager, communications and marketing, Rosalie Starkey, George Brown College.

Members of TFI’s Advisory Committee for 2006 include designer Lida Baday, Lida Baday Ltd.; Laurie Belzak, sector development officer, City of Toronto Economic Development; publicist Nina Budman, Nina Budman & Associates; Laurie Sakamoto, account manager, Tribute Entertainment Media Group; and marketing consultant Glenn Smith, Zeitgeist Marketing Ltd.

The TFI bids farewell to Romy Chan, Deb Dorsey and Kirsten Mogg who served on the TFI Board of Directors. The TFI thanks them for their service and contribution.

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4. Scene + Heard

She’s A Winner
Natalya Ratner, a fourth-year fashion communications student at Ryerson University, is the inaugural winner of the Kate Macdonald Memorial Scholarship. In 2005, Ratner was pre-show co-ordinator and part of the production team for M.A.C Viva Glam Fashion Cares, Bollywood Cowboy. During 2003/04 she was project manager for Ryerson University’s Mini Shows, Electric Alley, and was the casting head, wardrobe manager and co-ordinator for the school’s gala fundraiser, Beyond Style. Ratner is also an active volunteer with L’Oreal Fashion Week and the Toronto Fashion Incubator. This new award is in memory of Kate Macdonald, a Ryerson alumna and former editor-in-chief of Images magazine.

Taking Manhattan
TFI alumnus Arthur Mendonça recently presented his fall 2006 collection at the Four Seasons hotel in New York City during Olympus Fashion Week. His informal fashion presentation drew buyers from Saks Fifth Avenue and industry trade staple Women’s Wear Daily. On hand to applaud the award-winning designer and his collection was Mendonça’s recently appointed New York sales agency, Michael Atchison & Associates. For more information, contact info@mendonca.ca.

You Can Also Make It Big
Attention fashion designers, stylists and fashion photographers. The TV series Making It Big is looking for up-and-coming fashion professionals to take part in three new episodes. To qualify, you must have professional experience, a portfolio showcasing your best work, exceptional talent and drive, an interest in telling your story on television, the ability to cross the Canada/United States border and you must be a resident of North America. Download an application at www.forcefour.com/makingitbig.

Mass Exodus Goes LiveDescribe
The brilliant colours, fabrics and models of Ryerson’s Mass Exodus student fashion show will be brought to life on April 6 for the visually impaired via LiveDescribe, a new wireless technology system. Blind and visually impaired audience members receive wireless headsets, which will allow them to hear a vividly detailed description of the show, whether they are present at the event or watching from home via a live web cast. A project that has been in the works for the past year, LiveDescribe hopes to be used at other events such as concerts, auctions and debates. For more information, contact pr@massexodus.ca.

Hello Canada!
Canadians can get their weekly dose of celebrity gossip in a new publication launching this August. Rogers Publishing Ltd. of Toronto has teamed up with U.K.’s Hello! to create a Canadian edition of the magazine. From 40% to 80% of the content will be the same as the British edition, with news about royalty and international celebrities. A 10-person Canadian editorial team is responsible for the rest. The masthead wasn’t finalized at press time.

International Speaker Series At The DX
The theme of the Design Exchange’s 2006 international speaker series is Homes Around the World. Speakers include world-renowned designers and researchers and the series is open to both the design community and the general public. Upcoming speakers include Giovanna Franci on March 14 at 6:30pm, Peter Busby on April 25 at 6:30pm, and Tjerk Reijenga on May 24 at 6:30pm. For more information and to register visit www.dx.org/speakers.

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5. Upcoming Events

Zandra Rhodes at the ROM
March 7, 2006, 6:15pm

Presented by the Royal Ontario Museum's Textiles & Costume Committee, this innovative evening at the ROM features the incomparable textile and fashion designer from London. Enjoy an illustrated talk, vintage Zandra Rhodes fashion display and light dinner. Tickets are $115 general public; $100 ROM members/students; cash bar. More information and registration can be found at www.rom.on.ca/news/releases.

L’Oreal Fashion Week
March 13 – 18, 2006

Toronto fashion week returns to the Liberty Grand this season, showcasing the fall/winter 2006-2007 collections of designers from across the country, including Joeffer Caoc, David Dixon, Comrags, Izzy Camilleri, Mackage, Rudsak, Andy The-Anh and Pink Tartan. For a complete schedule or to register, visit www.fdcc.ca.

Fashion On The Rocks
March 19, 2006, 2:00pm – 10:00pm

Shop and schmooze at this accessories event that invites designers, retail buyers and self-proclaimed shopaholics to sip and shop. Enjoy DJ spinning, fashion show, free mini-spa and door prizes. Tickets are $6 in advance; $8 at the door. Location: Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. For more info, visit www.fashionontherocks.ca.

TFI New Labels® Fashion Show
March 22, 2006, 6:30pm

Get your tickets for the HOTTEST fashion event of the year! See WHO will win the ELLE CANADA New Labels Fashion Award valued at more than $25,000! Get your tickets at TFI Shop, at www.fashionincubator.com. Tickets are $35 general public; $25 TFI members + GST. This exciting event takes place at Hazelton Lanes Shopping Centre, 87 Avenue Rd., Toronto. Your ticket includes the Pays d’Oc wine reception, runway fashion show, complimentary parking and ELLE CANADA goody bag.

Breaking Through to the U.K. Market Seminar/Webinar
March 23, 2006, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Interested in selling your designs in the U.K.? TFI is bringing U.K. sales rep Mark McCann of Brand Progression, a London-based sales agency, to tell you how! McCann specializes in premium denim and designer streetwear and will be here to talk about market opportunities in the U.K. as well as potential British retailers Canadians can target. He’ll give you the scoop on exactly how sales agencies operate in the U.K.—fee structures and territories—as well as information about U.K. trade shows and how to get involved. The seminar will be webcast (live Internet feed) for those of you who can’t escape work for a few hours. Onsite tickets, which include a light buffet lunch, are $32 TFI members; $45 non-members + GST. Webinar tickets, which include live IT support, are $22 TFI members; $35 non-members + GST. Get your ticket today at TFI Shop, www.fashionincubator.com/shop/index.shtml. This event is sponsored by Industry Canada, the Canadian High Commission (London) and TEDCO.

The Perm Show
Ongoing to March 26, 2006

Permed, frizzy and curled, this photographic exhibition will bring back many (fond?) memories. MOCCA, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen St. W. in Toronto.

TFI Members’ Networking & Brainstorming Meetings
Saturday, April 1, 2006, 2:00pm

TFI members are invited to attend our monthly networking and brainstorming meeting at the Toronto Fashion Incubator. Meet new people, share ideas and get inspired. Sign up to attend this free event by contacting TFI asap.

TFI Studio Tours
Saturday, April 1, 2006, 11:30am and 3:00pm

Interested in a TFI membership? Come to this informative walk-through tour of TFI and learn more about our programs and benefits that can help you and your business. Pre-register at 416-971-7117 x 21 or by contacting TFI.

Interested in having your event posted? Send your submission with a minimum of 30 days notice to info at TFI.

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6. TOP PICKS
www.fashiontribes.com
Your very own fashion expert with all the dish and expert advice. The daily diary details New York Fashion Week

www.globalfashionbuys.com
Starting a retail store? Get help with business planning, location analysis, market buying training and more

www.nypl.org/research/sibl/smallbiz/qt/LAN/index.html
Save and print the Powerpoint presentation on How to Open and Run a Successful Retail Store

www.textileaffairs.com
Get the U.S. guide to label requirements of apparel care symbols

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CONTACT TFI MEMBERS
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CONTACT US
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We’re located on Queen Street West, one stop light east of Dufferin. Look for the TFI sign on the southwest corner of Queen Street West and Dovercourt Road in the West Queen West Arts + Design District.

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