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TFI News January/February 2008

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January/February 2008
Volume 16, Issue 1

1. New Appointees to TFI Board and Advisory
2. ELLE Canada Gala Fundraiser
3. TFI New Labels® Competition Update
4. Designers Close Up Shop
5. Scene & Heard
6. Upcoming Events
7. Top Picks

1. New Appointees To TFI Board And Advisory

Canadian fashion designer (and TFI resident alumni) David Dixon was elected president of the Toronto Fashion Incubator on January 24.

David has been in business for more than a decade and has won both a City of Toronto New Designer of the Year award and, later, a City of Toronto Designer of the Year award. Although once a TFI resident, even after he left to open his own studio, he has remained affiliated and active with the non-profit organization by volunteering on the board and acting as an online mentor to new designers.

David replaces Kim O’Brien from TD Waterhouse who served as president of TFI from 2003 to 2007. Kim remains on the board and on the executive committee as a director.

The other board appointment is Clara Northcott of Northcott Communications. Clara was elected after serving two years on the TFI’s Advisory Committee. In addition to her time volunteering on the board, Clara devotes additional volunteer hours as a TFI onsite business consultant, sharing her knowledge as a marketing and public relations expert with TFI members.

New to the Advisory Committee are Ben Barry and Kathy Cheng.

Barry, 24, was named “one of the 25 leaders of tomorrow” by Maclean’s magazine. He started his eponymous modeling agency at age 14 and, today, serves as CEO of the Ben Barry Agency, a model consultancy headquartered in Toronto.

Cheng is director of marketing and business development for Wing Son Garments Ltd., a domestic activewear manufacturer that specializes in customized programs for an impressive roster of international brand-name clients, and also includes rk, a retail chain of higher-end contemporary womenswear, Redwood Classics Apparel, a collection of in-stock premium wearables for the retail, promotional and corporate market, and WSFT Development Inc., specializing in residential and commercial real estate.

City of Toronto Economic Development Officer Laurie Belzak was appointed corporate secretary and re-elected for another year were Mary Symons as chair and Susan Langdon as treasurer. Susan also serves as executive director for the non-profit organization.

A full list of TFI Board and Advisory members for 2008 can be found at www.fashionincubator.com/about/index.shtml.


ELLE Canada brings the most exciting fashion and beauty event of the year to the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place , in Toronto . If you can’t get to Rodeo Drive , Fifth Avenue , Via della Spiga or Oxford Street , then the place to be this spring is the ELLE Show for your fashion, beauty and shopping inspirations.
For three fashionable days, you can join in the fun: attend fashion shows and meet the designers, test the latest beauty products, attend seminars and demonstrations—and shop! It’s never been so easy to get the look you want.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24 - 6:00 pm
Gala Fundraiser – Toronto Fashion Incubator

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 - 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 - 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
SUNDAY, APRIL 27 - 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Buy your tickets on line and save with our special ticket offer www.elleshow.ca
2. ELLE Canada Gala Fundraiser

Get ready for the most exciting fashion event of the year!
Tickets for the ELLE Canada gala benefit in support of the Toronto Fashion Incubator are ON SALE NOW at www.elleshow.ca!

This extraordinary event includes:

* TFI New Labels® finalists competing on the runway to win the ELLE Canada New Labels Award
* Wine and hors d’oeuvres hosted by Vin de Pays d’Oc
* VIP dinner
* Silent auction featuring fabulous items and experiences
* An ELLE Canada gift bag featuring gorgeous products from P&G Beauty

The event takes place April 24, 2008, at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place, Toronto.
Get your tickets today at www.elleshow.ca.

3. TFI New Labels® Competition Update
Four new designers from across Canada are left in the running for the ELLE Canada New Labels Fashion Award valued at over $25,000. The semi-finalists include Adrienne Butikofer (Toronto), Eugenia Leavitt from Eugenia Designs (Montreal), Lara Presber (Calgary) and Ashley Rowe of miss rowe (Toronto). Oriol Swaan from Saskatchewan dropped out of the competition in early January and in February, Krista Ozolins of Plush (Toronto) was eliminated.

Adrienne Butikofer’s fall 2008 collection (above) was inspired by the emancipation of women in the workplace during WW1. Womenswear changed out of necessity; skirts became shorter and many women traded in their corsets for more functional and simpler attire. Adrienne is a Winnipeg native who studied fashion design at London’s Fanshawe College. Her line features separates and streetwear retailing from $60 to $390, and can be found in Montreal at Le Marche; in Toronto at Magic Pony, Nathalie Roze & Co. and Propaganda.

Inspired by the traditions of the “handmade”, combined with a passionate belief that clothing should be treasured, Montrealer Eugenia Leavitt describes her clothing as, “romantic yet modern, combining artistic, feminine touches with clean, simple designs”. The collection of cocktail-attire features hand-crafted rosette detailing on silk and wool jersey (see above). Pieces retail from $110 to $425 and can be found at Meli Melo in Montreal. Eugenia studied fashion design at the International Academy of Design in Montreal.

Calgary-based designer Lara Presber studied architecture in Milan at the Domus Academy campus of the University of Wales. For fall 2008, she is inspired by the exploration of the juxtaposition between the feminine and soft figures of Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempika’s subjects with their masculine and greyed-out architectural backgrounds (see above). Separates range from $125 to $700 retail and can be found at The Velvet Room Boutique in Vancouver.

Ashley Rowe’s miss rowe collection of fashion-forward coats and separates (above) was inspired by her mother’s vintage looped-wool coat, which has a rock-and-roll-meets-English-dandy appeal. For fall 2008, the Toronto-based designer offers an all-black collection she describes as, “high quality clothing with clean lines that transcend the season’s trends”. Ashley is a George Brown College graduate and former intern at Flare and Fashion magazines. She participated in TFI’s Press & Buyers Breakfast in October 2007 with her debut, all-white, spring 2008 collection where she wowed the audience with her strong presentation.

4. Designers Close Up Shop

Linda Lundstrom, one of Canada’s leading manufacturers of women’s separates and outerwear, declared bankruptcy on February 1, 2008, after 34 years in business.The closure of Lundstrom’s 39,000-sq.-ft. operation in Toronto will displace over 100 workers and will leave 500 retailers from across North America without spring merchandise. Did Lundstrom know a big change was coming? Just 20 days before filing for bankruptcy, Lundstrom writes in her blog at www.lindalately.com:

Friday, January 11, 2008
My mantra for 2008 is good to great. So many things have the potential for greatness in this New Year. I’m excited and at the same time a little nervous. Can I do it all? Can I handle it all? I have a really full life, almost full to overflowing. But I can’t complain because it’s the life I’ve created and God has brought me to this place in my life and I know it is part of a plan. Ultimately I think we’re all on a journey of faith. It’s not always a story of our faith in God, but of God’s faith in us. I just hope that I can live up to my potential and carry out the exciting responsibilities I’ve been blessed with. I’ll be writing more to let you know what some of those things are for 2008. Stay tuned!

Fans of Linda's clothing can find great bargains at the following locations:

Linda Lundstrom, 136 Cumberland in Yorkville, Toronto
Linda Lundstrom, Bayview Village at Bayview and Sheppard, Toronto
Linda Lundstrom Factory, 255 Wicksteed, Toronto
Fashion Fair, Lively, Ontario
Boutique La Femme, Winnipeg
Sunday's Snowflake, Victoria
Jan Browning, Sudbury
Leisure Lady, Bowmanville

Lundstrom’s closure follows hot on the heels of the bankruptcy of Sunny Choi, a 20-year veteran of wholesaling and retailing, who filed in January. The Sunny Choi eveningwear and mother-of-the-bride line was available across the United States in Saks Fifth Avenue and at Nordstrom, as well as at her two boutiques in Toronto, including locations at Bayview Village and Sherway Gardens.

Apparel vendors seeking immediate information on pending and ongoing insolvencies that affect them can subscribe to a new notification service provided by Canadian Apparel Credit, the Canadian Apparel Federation’s credit bureau. Click here for a new brochure outlining CAC Services. Below is a partial list of the bankruptcies that CAC is currently monitoring: Cotton Ginny, Rodin Boutique; Morgane Boutique; Mode Nina Fabri Mode; Saan Stores; Charmante Mme; Historia Groupe; Lucratex; BDC Textiles; Jeans 440; Jeans Experts; Park Neckwear; Chez Krista; Rubys; Startex; Mariposa; Avanti; and Zacks.

Contact David Schachter at 514-483-6223 ext. 239 or credit@apparel.ca for more details on CAC’s services, including its bankruptcy monitoring service.

5. Scene & Heard

Preloved Rises From The Ashes
On February 20, a six-alarm fire tore through a historic block of buildings on Queen Street West in Toronto. One of the casualties of the blaze was a favourite Toronto boutique, preloved. Despite losing the entire contents of its flagship store, owner Julia Grieve is moving forward with plans to mount a runway show at L’Oreal Fashion Week in Toronto. The show, scheduled for March 18th at 2:00pm, will celebrate the company’s 13th anniversary. Meanwhile, followers can continue to find preloved’s re-worked vintage designs at its Montreal location at 4832 St. Laurent Blvd.

Kamali Signs with Wal-Mart
New York-based designer Norma Kamali has struck a deal with mega-chain store Wal-Mart to create a line of affordable, wardrobe-building “concept” pieces for women. The designer is no stranger to partnerships, having previously developed moderately priced lines for companies such as Everlast and Spiegel. Kamali is best known for her high-end, draped jersey separates which will still be available at her Manhattan boutique at 6 West 56th St.

Puma Invests In Hussein Chalayan
Puma, the global active and lifestyle wear company, has bought a majority stake in London-based designer Hussein Chalayan’s fashion business. Chalayan’s work as the new creative director responsible for all of Puma’s fashion and product categories including footwear, apparel and accessories, will be seen commencing with the fall2009 season. At the same time, the designer will be able to grow his brand worldwide using guidance, resources and infrastructure from Puma’s parent company, PPR. For more information, visit http://about.puma.com/EN/3/23/23/?news_id=119.

Magazine For Zippy Boomers
Media mogul Moses Znaimer is launching Zoomer, a magazine aimed at Canadian Baby Boomers (aged 44 to 62) with zip. Suzanne Boyd, 44, former editor-in-chief of Flare magazine, will helm the glossy new fashion and lifestyle publication which will hit newsstands in October 2008. Znaimer, 65, is best known as the co-founder, president and executive producer of Citytv, MuchMusic, FashionTelevision, and a number of other national specialty channels and local stations. He is now the owner and executive director of CARP, Canadian Association of Retired Persons. "The world is run by 50- to 70-year-olds," he recently told The Toronto Star. "How dumb it is to waste money in pursuit of the youth market."

City Of Montreal Creates Major Grant To Promote Designers
Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay recently launched the new Design Montreal Phyllis Lambert Grant, which will provide a $10,000 grant to a new designer or design collective with 10 or fewer years of professional practice. The grant must be used for a professional development project that takes place in a UNESCO Creative Cities Network. In Canada, the only city in the network is Montreal. For more information and application criteria, visit www.designmontreal.com. The grant honours Montrealer Phyllis Lambert, a passionate champion of excellence in architecture and staunch defender of emerging designers.

Gret-A By Crystal Siemens
From her New York-based studio, TFI alumna Crystal Siemens has launched Gret-A, a contemporary dress collection that promises to be cool, comfortable, easy-to-wear and easy-to-care. GZ International, a Toronto-based apparel, accessories and home decor showroom located in Yorkville, represents the line. Gret-A can be found at Zola Shoes in Toronto.

Academy Closing
The International Academy of Design in Toronto is closing its doors. The privately owned and operated post-secondary institution, known for its fashion design, costume design and other creative arts programs, ceased admitting new students in December 2007. It is “teaching out” existing students, ending in March 2009.

Export Experts
The team of Carol Van Wyck and Cheryl Lockhart was recently retained to develop an export development business plan for the Toronto Fashion Incubator. The goal of the project is to identify export markets desired by TFI members and what tools and resources designers will need to break into those markets. The project is being supported by Heritage Canada’s Trade Routes program, the Economic Development Sector Initiatives program, and the Toronto Fashion Incubator. TFI hopes to develop and implement resources that will help new apparel and accessory designers prepare for export.

Festival Of Architecture & Design
Toronto will be celebrating the 4th annual Festival of Architecture & Design (fAd) in May 2008. For an entire month, the festival puts the spotlight on Toronto’s architecture and design communities with exhibitions, films, lectures, book launches, readings and walking tours. If you would like to schedule an event during fAd, please contact Elyse Parker of the City of Toronto at 416-338-2432 before March 18, 2008.

Moving From Queen West
TFI alumna Annie Thompson will be closing her Queen West retail store in March 2008 after 26 years in the fashion industry. "It's an issue of time and lifestyle. I'm doing this to get out of retail," Thompson told the National Post. Thompson suspects that big retail chains will move into the area as the neighbourhood becomes more gentrified. Her suspicions might be correct as there is already talk on the street that Home Depot is eyeing a location near Queen and Portland.

Get Listed!
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.

Thank You To 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 donors Gail McInnes, Parminder Singh, Sharon Cornwall and Angie Miller for their kind donations to TFI.

6. Upcoming Events

March 16 - 18, 2008
100 % Fresh Show
Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto. A trade show for retailers and sellers to meet and book junior, younger and innovative labels. For more info, visit www.freshshow.ca or contact Serge Micheli at 416-596-0671 or getit@freshshow.ca.

March 17 - 22, 2008
L’Oreal Toronto Fashion Week
Fall 2008 designer collections from some of Canada’s best designers. View the event schedule at www.lorealfashionweek.ca.

March 25 - 28, 2008
Montreal Fashion Week
Designer fashion shows for fall/winter 2008. For more information and to see the entire schedule of shows, visit www.montrealfashionweek.ca or contact 514-876-1499 or info@sensationmode.com.

April 7, 2008
TFI Members Meeting
Gossip Restaurant, 50 Prince Edward Island Cres, Toronto. 5:30pm Doors open/ cash bar; 6:00pm meeting. TFI members are exclusively invited to share idea, network and brainstorm at TFI’s monthly membership meeting chaired by TFI blogger, Carolyn Rohaly. Register before March 27 online at TFI.

April 6 - 7, 2008
Original Sin
The Commons, Ryerson University, 380 Victoria St., Toronto. Second- and third-year Ryerson fashion students launch Ryerson Fashion Week with the presentation of a student show. Tickets are $15 and available by contacting Erin Thompson at 416-629-0537.

April 17, 2008
FGI Toronto Night of Stars
The Carlu, 444 Yonge St., Toronto. Join Fashion Group International of Toronto for a night of star-gazing at the Night of Stars Gala. The evening will honour and celebrate the following Honourees: Barbara Atkin, vice president, fashion direction, Holt Renfrew; Dean and Dan Caten, founders and designers, Dsquared2; Wayne Clark, fashion designer; Brian Gluckstein, interior designer; and David Livingstone, fashion journalist. Tickets are $250/ $195 for FGI members or $1950 for a table of 10. For tickets, visit www.fginightofstars.ca

April 24, 2008
The ELLE Canada Opening Night Gala Fundraiser for TFI
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. ELLE Canada hosts a fabulous fashion gala featuring the finalists of the TFI New Labels Fashion Design Competition. Enjoy the not-to-be-missed runway show of the season, a silent auction featuring amazing prizes, wines from Vin de Pays d'Oc, 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! For more information and for tickets, visit www.elleshow.ca. Net gala proceeds will benefit the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

April 24 - 27, 2008
The ELLE Show
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Meet the editors of ELLE Canada magazine at this interactive fashion and beauty event that includes daily fashion shows, informative seminars and fabulous vendor booths featuring many of the Toronto Fashion Incubator's upcoming apparel and accessory designers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.elleshow.ca.

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


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