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July/August 2013
Volume 21, Issue 5

1. IFIC 2013::Early Bird Registration Now Open
2. CAFA Awards 2014
3. Rowenta’s Partner Of Fashion Design Competition
4. AOF Awards
5. TFI Welcomes New Business Mentor
6. Applications Available For TFI's Press & Buyers Trade Show
7. Studios Now Available
8. Scene & Heard
9. Top Picks
10. Fashion Calendar

1. IFIC 2013::Early Bird Registration Now Open
Registration for the International Fashion Incubators Conference (IFIC), being held October 21 to 23, 2013, in Toronto, is now open at www.IFICToronto.com. If you are an industry or business professional, fashion entrepreneur, educator, or involved in business incubation and economic development, this is a must-attend conference for you! Discounted registration fees are available now through August 16, 2013.

Hosted at One King West Hotel, IFIC delegates will learn about the business of fashion and share best practices in fashion incubation. Included will be seminars, social networking breaks, a tour of the Toronto Fashion Incubator and access to TFI's Press & Buyers boutique trade show under the tent at the World MasterCard® Fashion Week.

Papers, seminars and panels will be presented by speakers from the United States, UK, Australia, Canada and Bangladesh on topics such as:

•Ethical product sourcing
•Global legal issues in fashion
•Global export trade missions and platforms for designers

•Leveraging resources & services to benefit incubator clients
•Implementing corporate social responsibility
•Benefits of local production

•The retail experience: What’s next?
•The future of fashion education
•Fashion Incubator 2.0: The next generation

•Incubator funding ideas: Thinking outside the box
•Why incubator metrics are essential to government funders and sponsors
•Embracing social enterprise to fund your incubator

Please visit www.IFICToronto.com for schedule updates, registration, FAQs and other important information.


2. CAFA Awards 2014
Save the date: February 1, 2014. That's when the inaugural CAFA (Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards) gala takes place at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto.

CAFA, founded by Susan Hart and Brittney Kuczynski, recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement and emerging talent in Canadian fashion design. By shining a spotlight on these artists, CAFA hopes to create a stronger appreciation and market for Canadian fashion and an economic landscape in which creative business models can flourish so that Canadian talent can afford to remain on Canadian soil.

Award categories include Womenswear Designer of the Year, Menswear Designer of the Year, Accessory Designer of the Year, Stylist of the Year, and the Emerging Talent Award. Apparel designers can self-nominate to enter the Emerging Talent Award, which offers $10,000 cash and other prizes. The submission form and entry qualifications can be found on the CAFA website here. Deadline to enter the Emerging Talent Award is September 13, 2013. For a complete list of award categories and for more information about the gala, visit www.CAFAwards.ca.

The CAFA Award is an original and striking design created by celebrated Canadian industrial designer Karim Rashid.

3. Rowenta’s Partner Of Fashion Design Competition
Are you an aspiring designer or student with a passion for fashion? Here's your chance to get noticed! Luxury garment care brand Rowenta is looking for the country’s top design talent as part of its ongoing support of the Canadian fashion community. Fashion aficionados and designers can submit a one-of-a-kind Partner of Fashion iron-on patch design and see the winning work showcased at World MasterCard® Fashion Week (WMCFW) in Toronto. Entry details and more information can be found here . The competition closes at the end of August 2013.

The lucky WINNER will receive:
• A trip to the winning patch unveiling at WMCFW in Toronto, October 2013
• $1,000 Rowenta Partner of Fashion Designer Styling Kit
• The winning design produced, promoted and distributed onsite at WMCFW
• Tickets to WMCFW runway shows
Three finalists will receive a secondary prize package of Rowenta Garment Care products, valued at $600.

4. AOF Awards
Be sure to attend the Art of Fashion (AOF) Awards taking place on Friday, September 27, 2013, at 6pm for VIP guests, and 8pm to the public (location TBA). Tickets are available at http://artoffashion2013-es2.eventbrite.ca/?rank=1. Designers will compete for the title of Most Promising Designer, People's Choice, and a selection of industry prizes, including a free one-year membership to the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

Art of Fashion is a Canadian organization that offers emerging apparel and accessory designers a platform to showcase their talents, in addition to a wealth of marketing and promotional opportunities that foster career growth. For more info, visit http://artoffashion.org/

5. TFI Welcomes New Business Mentor
Michael Morris, President, The Social Strategy Group

Born in Manchester, England, Michael Morris left college to join Bon Marche, the family owned ladies’ boutique, and helped expand the business from one store to a 10-store chain in northern England. In 1975, he moved to Canada and was hired by the J. Michaels retail chain as a supervisor for many of its stores. In 1978, Michael was instrumental in the opening of Holly's Fashions, one of the most prestigious ladies’ fashion chains in Canada with locations at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Eaton Centre, TD Centre and Don Mills Shopping Centre.

After eight successful years as general manager of Holly's, and gaining recognition as a fashion industry expert specializing in buying and merchandising, Michael left in 1986 and opened his own manufacturing company, producing quality ladies’ two-piece dressing and sportswear under the Affirmative label, with major distribution throughout department stores, retail chains and several hundred independent specialty stores across North America. He was a pioneer in the development of private-label programs for many major retailers in the ’80s, and entered into several licensing arrangements with US fashion companies for distribution in Canada.

Over the years Michael has consulted for several designers including Sunny Choi, creating the successful Sunny Choi Fashion House direct sales concept in 1992. In 1993 Michael formed Casually Yours, introducing workplace fashion shopping events to over 50 hospitals across Southern Ontario. He continues to work with many non-profit organizations as a cause-related marketing consultant to help raise funds for many needy causes.

TFI members can tap into Michael’s extensive industry experience to help launch and grow their fashion businesses. His areas of expertise include concept and product development, fabric purchasing, fashion merchandising, buying, retail management, private label programs, sales management, cause-related marketing, marketing and advertising.

To make a private, one-on-one mentor appointment with Michael Morris, please contact TFI.

6. Applications Available For TFI's Press & Buyers Trade Show
Returning to World MasterCard® Fashion Week for a second time this year, the Toronto Fashion Incubator hosts its popular boutique trade show, the TFI Press & Buyers Brunch, October 23 to 24, 2013.

Beginning at 12:30pm, media, retail buyers and VIP guests will join exhibitors for a light networking brunch, while perusing the curated selections of spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear apparel and accessory collections from entrepreneurial Canadian designers.

If you’re a Canadian designer of apparel and accessories, contact TFI today for your application to participate in this not-to-be-missed trade event.

For a recap of the past event and a list of attendees, click here.

7. Studios NOW Available
Enjoy the prestige of being one of a hand-selected group of top talents by discovering the benefits of joining TFI’s Resident Program. A handful of work studios are now available for immediate occupancy and we want you to launch and grow your fashion business at TFI.

Affordable studio rent varies from $400 to $500 per month (gross rent) based on the entrepreneur’s need to use industrial sewing equipment or not. The fee includes base rent, utilities and TMI (property tax, maintenance and building insurance for common areas) and the one-year lease can be renewed for up to three years. Residents receive exclusive 24/7-studio access and one-on-one mentoring from TFI’s executive director Susan Langdon, a benefit extended only to Resident members.

This program, the first of its kind in the world, is open to all types of fashion entrepreneurs such as stylists, consultants, marketers, PR agencies, accessory designers, jewellery designers, apparel designers, trim and textile reps, e-commerce businesses and more.

Celebrated TFI Resident alumni include Joeffer Caoc, David Dixon, Colette Harmon, JUMA, Gail McInnes, Arthur Mendonca and many others.

Find out how TFI can help establish and grow your fashion business and why 33 cities from around the world, such as New York, Chicago, London, Milan and others, have copied TFI’s fashion incubator and its Resident Program. Contact TFI for information, a personal tour and an application.

To qualify for the Resident Program, fashion entrepreneurs must have been in business three years or less.

8. Scene & Heard

TFI's Welcomes New Resident Laura Siegel
In late June 2013, TFI welcomed designer Laura Siegel (near left) to its prestigious Resident Program. After receiving her formal design education at Parson’s The New School for Design in New York City and London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Siegel honed her skills in silver-smithing, knitting, natural dyeing, embroidery and accessory design with top industry professionals and artisans. Her ethically handcrafted, easy-to-wear textured pieces are designed in collaboration with artisans in Asia and South America. Siegel’s work has been recognized in Vogue Italia, Elle Canada and Futureclaw, and her designs have been worn by artists and supermodels such as Nelly Furtado and Niki Taylor. Most recently, she was nominated for the Made For Peroni Young Designer Award. In 2010, she received a Designer of the Year nomination from her graduating thesis at Parson’s and, in 2009, Siegel was a finalist in the Louis Vuitton and Parson’s Reconstruction Project.

FREE Fashion Entrepreneurship Program
Partnering for a fifth year, the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) and Youth Employment Services (YES) will be delivering the Passion For Fashion entrepreneurship program for Ontario youth aged 16 to 29. The free, six-part program offers workshops on starting your own fashion business, developing a line, sales and marketing, and how-to presentations. Upon completion of the workshops, registrants have a chance to win a $1000 cash award. To learn more about the Passion For Fashion program taking place in Toronto, call 416.504.5516 ext. 268.

New to TFI's Resource Centre
TFI extends its sincerest gratitude to Outreach member and author Joseph Martin for donating two of his published books to TFI's Resource Centre. Retail Apparel Sales LOCATION ANALYTICS, provides detailed methodology and data to help retailers and designers choose the best store location. This book is a prerequisite for anyone thinking about opening a boutique or chain store. Fashion Eyewear Design is an invaluable resource for aspiring and established designers who are interested in the creative and business aspects of the fashion eyewear industry. Detailed illustrations, comprehensive technical data, and step-by-step instructions for researching, planning and developing an eyewear collection are all included in this practical guide. Joseph Martin is an award-winning author whose books on strategic business management and the fashion industry are available in over 20 countries. He has lectured at McMaster University and consulted with organizations such as MasterCard, IMG Fashion, the Government of Canada, Trent University and Washington State University.

Mercedes-Benz Start Up Finalists Announced
After hosting semi-final runway shows in four cities across Canada, the finalists in the national Mercedes-Benz Start Up competition are Hilary and Louanna Murphy, Dreamboat Lucy (Calgary, AB), Malorie Urbanovitch, Malorie Urbanovitch Women's RTW (Calgary, AB), Cecile Raizonville, Matiére Noire (Laval, QC), Pedram Karimi, PEDRAM KARIMI (Laval, QC), Eliza Faulkner, Eliza Faulkner Designs (Winnipeg, MB), Hussein Dhalla, HD Homme (Kitchener, ON), Jonathan Shimoni, Faded Lifestyle (Kitchener, ON), and Carlos Fogelman, HIP AND BONE (Montreal, QC). Over the next few months the designers will receive intensive mentoring sessions with successful fashion industry professionals as they prepare their spring/summer 2014 collections. The designers will appear in a group runway show finale at World MasterCard® Fashion Week in October where the awarded designer will be named. The winner will receive continued mentorship from industry experts and a solo runway show at World MasterCard Fashion Week in March 2014, along with an editorial feature in FASHION magazine.

Farewell To Zayna
TFI Resident Zayna Mosam of Zayna Mosam Image Consulting is moving on after four years at TFI. The Queen's University grad will continue her styling and image consulting business at 200 - 243 Queen St. W., Toronto. Services for men and women include style analysis, personal shopping, communications coaching and public image development. Zayna has been featured as a guest expert on CTV, City TV, Rogers, Bravo!, BNN and MuchMusic. She can be reached at 416-907-8156 and at zmimage.com.

Simons Eyes GTA
Known for its mix of apparel and housewares at prices ranging from moderate to high-end, Quebec-based department store Simons (La Maison Simons) has its sights on opening two locations in the Greater Toronto Area. Both potential locations (one at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, the other at Square One) are soon-to-be-vacated Sears’ stores. In October 2012, Simons opened its first store outside of Quebec at the West Edmonton Mall.

HBC Shakeup
On July 29, 2013, the Hudson's Bay Company announced its takeover of luxury U.S. retailer, Saks Fifth Avenue. The $2.9 billion deal will see seven Bay locations across Canada converted to Saks stores, including one at Yonge and Bloor on Toronto's "mink mile". Last month, in a surprise move that saw its stocks fall by more than 3 per cent, the Hudson's Bay Company replaced president Bonnie Brooks with Liz Rodbell, a long-time executive at American retailer Lord & Taylor. Brooks, a seasoned retail veteran credited with turning around HBC's image and performance, moves into the vice-chair role where she will work on corporate strategy with CEO Richard Baker.

Life Of The PRTY
TFI Outreach member and TFI New Labels semi-finalist Cara Cheung recently partnered with Coalition Music (aka Toronto's Music Incubator) to outfit lead singer Natasha Zimbaro of H3RO for the group's Life Of the PRTY video. Cheung's rock n' roll esthetic perfectly complemented the party girl look required for the video which you can view here.

Neiman Offers IPO While Penney Falters
Over at Saks’ luxury retail competitor Neiman Marcus, the company is planning an initial public offering to raise capital. Eight years ago, TPG Capital, Warburg Pincus and Leonard Green & Partners took the company private after dishing out $5.1 billion to acquire the chain. Sales across Neiman’s 41 stores have been flat since the recession and are lower than they were in 2008. Meanwhile at American retailer J.C. Penney, rumors of the company’s likely demise are flooding social media. Insider fighting amongst its board coupled with year after year declining sales has positioned the retailer at a critical stage in its history. In 2012, Penney partnered with Canadian retailer Joe Fresh and opened 30 store-within-a-store shops across the U.S.

Karen McKibbon, president of Nordstrom Canada, recently announced plans for the U.S.-based retailer's expansion into Canada. The first store will open in fall 2014 in Calgary at the Chinook Centre. In 2015, openings will include Ottawa's Rideau Centre and Vancouver's Pacific Centre. A year later, stores will launch in Toronto at Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale Shopping Centre. In addition, 15 off-price Nordstrom Rack stores will open across Canada along with a Canadian online shopping site. Nordstrom Canada's leadership team will be hired in Calgary. "This is going to be a Canadian store run by Canadians," said McKibbin in Women's Wear Daily. "The Calgary store will create 300 new jobs for the community...If I was young and starting out again I'd find this exciting to be part of."

3-D Printed Jewellery
Hot Pop Factory in Toronto has partnered with eBay to deliver customized 3-D printed jewellery for users of eBay's Exact app. Whether you love jewellery or figurines, the app allows you to create as many products, exactly as you like, based on your personal desires and preferences. In addition, the company is offering a beginner's workshop for those interested in DIY 3-D printing. Cost is $90 per person available here.

More eBay News
eBay Canada has partnered with renowned Canadian fashion designer Sunny Fong of VAWK to create a unique and fashion-forward collective dubbed VAWK for eBay by Sunny Fong. The limited-edition capsule features clothing and accessory pieces - including a must-have little black dress - all under $120 with free shipping across Canada. The seven-piece collection includes a shift dress, two silk-blend scarves, leather and fox fur collar, caplet, leather and fox fur cuff and a unisex leather tie. VAWK for eBay by Sunny Fong is the newest fashion collaboration from the e-commerce leader, and follows in the footsteps of past successful all-Canadian collaborations including the Valentine's Collective featuring jewellery designs from Rebekah Price, Dean Davidson and Foxy Originals. To shop the collection, visit http://stores.ebay.ca/VAWKCollective/VAWK-Collective.html.

The Hunt Is A Hit With Tyra
Supermodel Tyra Banks joins Hollywood A-lister Ashton Kutcher as an investor in The Hunt, a community-driven online shopping experience that makes social media photos shoppable. The investment comes through Banks's recently formed FierceCapital, LLC, the investment arm of The Tyra Banks Company, for which she is chair and CEO. FierceCapital aims to identify, develop and invest in early stage startup companies, including firms that are female-led or female-focused. "The Hunt brings a fun and innovative approach to shopping and fashion," stated Banks. "What I love most about The Hunt is that women help other women find their perfect outfit H2T [head-to-toe]. I am excited to be part of this new approach to collective retail and styling." Fresh off the completion of a three-year Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School, Banks established Fierce Capital, LLC to help promising startups raise capital and develop profitable business strategies. Through Fierce Capital, LLC, Banks is leveraging her 20-year background as a leader in fashion, beauty and entertainment.

Going For Gold
American fashion designer Zac Posen's 24-karat gold dress valued at $1.5 million was displayed at the first North American Magnum Pleasure Store at 11 Bloor St. W. in Toronto on July 17, 2013. The premium ice cream brand also partnered with hometown designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of Greta Constantine, who made an in-store appearance with models and their custom Magnum ice cream bars at the store on July 15, 2013. An international ice cream sensation loved in 40 countries, Magnum has been distributed nationally in Canada since May 2011. The super premium ice cream is recognized around the world as a symbol of indulgent pleasure.

Runway To Roadway
Innovative designers and retailers in the U.S. and Europe are hitting the road, literally, to bring a fun, shopping experience to consumers. Fashioned after food trucks, mobile boutiques offer low-cost overhead and the ability to reach out to small towns and communities as well as urban centres. Emily Benson is credited for starting the trend with her Fashion Truck business. She's now taking the mobile retail industry to the next level by inspiring new startups and coaching existing business owners to create best business practices. As of May 2013, she offers a once a month web-based class called "How to Run a Profitable Mobile Retail Business" through the American Mobile Retail Association. Find more information about one-on-one consulting and the webinar here.

Louboutin Exhibit Kicks Off
On June 20th, the Design Exchange (DX) launched the Christian Louboutin exhibit with the iconic French shoe designer in attendance. VIP gala guests enjoyed an exclusive first-look at the breathtaking exhibition and a meet-and-greet with the designer. On display until September 15, 2013, are shoes designed for Dita Von Teese, Miss Piggy and Barbie. For $22, attendees can catch this must-see exhibit while enjoying Grand Marnier-based cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by Parts & Labour during one of the DX's Grand Soiree evenings. For more information, visit www.dx.org.
Image: Stephen Maciejowski

Breakfast with MIZ
On August 13, 2013, Toronto-based designer Izzy Camilleri previewed her spring/summer 2014 MIZ collection at One King West to an intimate audience of retail buyers and media. The salon-style breakfast presentation featured breezy separates and dresses in bamboo twill, linen and custom-printed leather. As one of Canada's premier fashion designers, Camilleri has generated a significant buzz in the fashion scene throughout her career. She has dressed many A-listers such as Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Mark Walberg and David Bowie. Her work was also featured in the film, The Devil Wears Prada.

Rolodex Update
Tiyana Grulovic
, formerly with the Globe & Mail, is now Flare's fashion director. At Healthy Living Now magazine, Dyan Perry, formerly with Bang & Olufson, is the new lifestyle editor. On a sad note, Linda Lewis, editor of the Canadian version of More magazine, passed away on July 22nd at age 52 from leukemia. Prior to working at More, Lewis was editor-in-chief at Today's Parent magazine.

Wingold/Tycos Fashion Week
Sales agencies, importers and distributors located in Toronto's northwest Fashion District will host an open house for retailers. The event takes place from September 22 to 24, 2013, and will feature hundreds of apparel and accessories lines. For more information, visit http://wingoldtycos.com/.

Canada Philippine Fashion Week
From June 10 - 15, 2013, Toronto played host to the inaugural Canada Philippine Fashion Week. Taking place at venues across the city, the schedule included fashion films, exhibits and a gala fashion show that featured conceptual fashion to haute couture. CBC's Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman, along with Riza Santos, Miss Canada Universe were among the VIP guests who attended the gala. Among the highlights were stunning, intricate couture eveningwear by Philippine's Francis Libiran and ready-to-wear by ex-pat Noel Crisostomo. Crisostomo, a Ryerson graduate, was a TFI Resident from 1995 to 1998 and a TFI New Labels finalist.

Bye Bye Alligator
After 80 years, preppy polo provider Lacoste is trading in its familiar alligator logo for a fresh new look. The new icon will be revealed November 15, 2013, and will be designed by graphic artist Peter Saville. Lacoste lovers fear not: the new logo is for a limited-edition collection only.

Roots Celebrates 40 Years
To mark Roots' 40th anniversary, shoppers visiting the brand's Bloor St. flagship store can catch an archived exhibit of Roots products spanning four decades. The company launched in 1973 by Americans Michael Budman and Don Green with the negative-heel shoe. In honour of the anniversary, a modern version has been reissued and is available for $158. The Roots brand is known worldwide for its leather goods, athletic wear and accessories. According to Wikipedia, in 1984, Roots launched its Entertainment Merchandising and Wholesaling division and provided goods to cast and crew of Days of Thunder, Jurassic Park, Spiderman, 007 Die Another Day, Iron Man and The Bourne Ultimatum. Roots also custom made orders for TV shows like Friends, The Sopranos, The Office, Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Amazing Race, as well as for music celebrities like U2, Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Snoop Lion. More recently, the Roots Village Bag was featured in The Hangover (2009), while the Roots Messenger Bag was worn by Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached (2011).

ROM Wraps Up Another Season Of Friday Night Events
You know you're at a hot party when the queue to get in wraps around University Avenue, almost to Queen’s Park. That was the scene outside the Royal Ontario Museum on June 14, 2013, when it hosted Fashion Night during FNL, Friday Night Live. Two thousand partiers networked, schmoozed and danced throughout the cultural landmark while enjoying galleries and special installations such as Viktor & Rolf’s doll exhibit and a show-and-tell by Seneca fashion students. While the main-floor dance beat attracted mostly twenty-somethings, the girls-night-out contingent nibbled on cupcakes amongst the dinosaurs and the fourth-floor boomer crowd was entertained by the mellow jazz sounds of Juno-nominated Gavin Hope, formerly of the Nylons. The success of the ROM’s FNL program has spawned similar events at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Design Exchange, however kudos go to FNL for being not only the original, but also the most engaging cultural happening Toronto has seen in years. Mark this weekly night out on next spring’s must-attend social calendar.

TTC Tailors A New Image
Beige and maroon are out; say hello to navy, red and white. Those are the new branded colours of the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) in its first uniform update since the early 1990's. According to the TTC website, the new look will modernize the organization's image and help staff and customers feel proud of the TTC. For those interested in placing a tender to supply shirts, golf shirts, scarves and ties, the deadline to submit a bid is August 22, 2013. More information can be found here.

Beauty Industry Think Tank Predictions
The Fashion Institute of Technology's (FIT) beauty industry think tank unveiled its vision for the future of consumer product marketing in three key areas of the digital sphere when it presented Beauty in a Digital World, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The key areas – digital analytics, digital marketing, and digital commerce – were presented by candidates for the Master of Professional Studies degree in the college's Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management (CFMM) program. FIT's CFMM master's degree program cohort is comprised of outstanding rising executives in the beauty industry who are recommended by their companies. The graduating class annually presents in-depth research and forward-thinking, often astonishing, predictions and proposals to the industry. Predictions included:

1. Leveraging artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and predictive analytics technology will revolutionize the in-store experience by completely personalizing it.
2. Motion-activated technology will allow consumers to virtually browse aisles of products located anywhere in the world and make purchases directly from interactive screens in their homes.
3. "Beauty on Demand" will utilize image-, sound-, and video-capture technologies to allow consumers to shop for anything, anywhere – with just one click. The street becomes the new shopping mall.
4. Micro-targeting, enabled by data and technology, will allow brands to create highly personalized communications. The result, micro-engagement, will increase individual consumer lifetime value for brands.
5. ROL is the new ROI. Return on Learnings (ROL) will replace Return on Investments (ROI) as a new real-time metric to track and drive brand value.
6. Sensors will be molded into product packaging to track actual consumer usage behaviour.

To read the full report, click here.

9. Top Picks

Source US contractors, materials, jewellery findings and more

F/W 2015 colour and trend direction from Interfiliere Paris

Enjoy a trip through history with Fashion Group International’s “Designers Through The Decades” summary

10. Fashion Calendar

TFI Membership Drive
On Now Until August 31, 2013
SAVE 10% off your NEW or RENEWING TFI membership while contributing to a valuable community non-profit

Toronto Shoe Show
August 25 - 27, 2013
An industry trade show for shoe wholesalers of moderate, better, bridge, contemporary and designer price points

FALL 2014/15 Trend Forecast Seminar
September 10, 2013
Discover colours, trends and inspiration at this seminar presented by Peclers

DEADLINE To Apply For CAFA's Emerging Talent Award
September 13, 2013
Today is the last day to enter CAFA's Emerging Talent Competition, which will award $10,000 and other prizes

London Fashion Week
September 13 - 17, 2013
Spring 2014 designer runway shows

Christian Louboutin
Ongoing to September 15, 2013, at The DX
An exhibition celebrating 20 years of design, artistry and magic

Premiere Vision Paris
September 17 - 19, 2013
Textile trade show for the fashion and interior design industries

Milan Fashion Week
September 18 - 23, 2013
Women's spring 2014 collections

TFI 2014 New Labels Competition Launch
September 24, 2013
Learn how to submit a winning application to enter TFI's annual new designer competition where you could win $25,000 CASH

Paris Fashion Week (Mode à Paris)
September 24 - October 2, 2013
Ready-to-wear spring 2014 collections

TFI Meet & Mingle Night – FREE for Members
Oct 1, 2013
TFI Members: You're invited to our members’ night (and bring a friend!)

DX Intersection
October 18, 2013
An evening of great music, live performance, food and drink experiences

4th International Fashion Incubators Conference
October 21 - 23, 2013, at One King West
IFIC 2013:: An exceptional networking opportunity with fashion business delegates from around the world

World MasterCard Fashion Week
October 21 - 25, 2013
Spring 2014 runway shows from Canadian designers

TFI's Press & Buyers Brunch at WMCFW
October 23 - 24, 2013
Meet media and retailers at this not-to-miss boutique trade show held at World MasterCard Fashion Week

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