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TFI News June 2008

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June 2008
Volume 16, Issue 4

1. TFI Announces New Mentors
2. TFI Promostyl Seminar For F/W 2009/2010
3. Fashion Cares Gets Spooky
4. Thank You Donors
5. Scene & Heard
6. Top Picks
7. Upcoming Events

1. TFI Announces New Mentors
The Toronto Fashion Incubator is pleased to announce the addition of five new mentors: Kathy Cheng, who will share her experience with production, contracting and manufacturing; Pheinixx Paul with her expertise in branding and art direction; business consultant Wanda Ho; and fashion designer Wendy Wong. TFI members are welcome to meet with these onsite consultants and glean wisdom from their expert advice. Outsourcing specialist Karen Hartman will be available as an online mentor.

Pheinixx Paul, NAFA/Fashion Group International
Pheinixx specializes in fashioning the artistic and graphic look of a brand. This involves her in design, art direction, marketing and communication planning, leading other creative professionals to realize branding and marketing goals throughout Canada, United States, Eastern Europe, China, Korea and Western Europe by supplying an innovative vision.

As the daughter of an accomplished painter and fashion designer, Pheinixx grew up with a paintbrush or camera in her hand at all times. She studied communications arts and creative advertising at Seneca College where she won awards for media planning, copy writing and graphic design. She has lectured on web design for the Design Exchange and taught creative thinking and graphic design at the college level.

With over a decade of experience within the entertainment and fashion industry, Pheinixx is currently the creative director for the international fashion marketing group NAFA, for whom she initiates and steers all creative projects on a worldwide scale, providing artistic direction to such fashion labels as Gianfranco Ferré, Badgley Mischka and Michael Kors.

Kathy Cheng, Wing Son Garments. Ltd.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Toronto in business management, Kathy developed her marketing skills in various posts, including managing the Canadian Education Expo in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2000, Kathy took on the position of director of marketing and business development for Wing Son Garments Ltd., a Canadian activewear manufacturer, which specializes in customized programs for international brand-name clients. Kathy serves on the board of directors for Fashion Group International, Toronto Chapter, as well as the Toronto Fashion Incubator's Advisory Committee.

Karen Hartman, Redkat Sourcing Inc.
Karen Hartman is the founder and CEO of Redkat Sourcing, Inc., an American corporation with offices in Shanghai, China. Her company provides a turnkey outsourcing service for apparel companies using its international network of manufacturers, freight-forwarding services and customs agents. They specialize in mid-range sportswear for men and women, as well as leather accessories. In addition, the firm provides technical design consultation for several clients.

Prior to moving to Shanghai, Karen worked for seven years in the fashion and entertainment industries in Los Angeles. In 2000, she launched her own fashion accessories line, Luddite Design. Her designs were favored by Los Angeles’ top musicians like Tommy Lee, who commissioned a custom guitar strap for his “Never a Dull Moment” Tour. In 2007 she sold Luddite Design to a larger distribution company in Los Angeles.

She designed collections for the Black Hearts Brigade and her designs were sold at top stores like Fred Segal, Metropark, and Nordstrom. When not working on accessories, Karen collaborated with some of Hollywood’s best directors and production companies as a costume designer and stylist. Her celebrity clientele included Eric Bana, Gary Sinese, Courtney Love, Stacy Keibler, Autumn Reeser and System of a Down.

Wanda Ho, Business Consultant
In the 1980s, Wanda Ho worked as a chartered accountant for KPMG LLP, the Canadian member firm affiliated with KPMG International, a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax, and advisory services. At the time, many of Wanda's clients were based in the retail sector. In 1986, Wanda opened her own practice. Her clients included fashion designers, apparel manufacturers and sales agents.

Wanda is a consummate volunteer who serves, or has served, on many boards and committees including chair of development, North York General Hospital; chair of finance, St. Clement's School; chair of finance, Royal St. George's College; president, Condo Corporation #1740; and campaign cabinet, Royal Conservatory of Music.

Wendy Wong, Designer, House of Spy
A science lab couldn’t contain the creative prowess of former biology student Wendy Wong who burst onto the fashion scene in 2000 with her clothing line, House of Spy. While studying biology at the University of Toronto, Wendy took a part-time job as a receptionist at the International Academy of Design and Technology. Discovering that one of the perks of the job included free classes, Wong enrolled in the pattern drafting and clothing construction courses. Although she completed her biology degree, upon graduation she immediately went straight to work making clothing samples.

Trading in her test tubes for fashion design was a move that paid off. House of Spy is now being sold in many stylish boutiques throughout Canada and the US and the list of countries yearning for House of Spy style keeps growing. Wong’s bold use of colours and prints make for a sweet, playful, quirky line. The edgy feminine shapes have garnered this brand a loyal following among hip young women everywhere.

Wendy is a former TFI Resident member who has been named in Sportswear Internationals prestigious ”Who’s Who” list for two consecutive years (2006 and 2007).

Each TFI Outreach Member receives 120 minutes of one-on-one consultation time with an industry consultant as part of their membership. To view a complete list of industry consultants and to download the TFI consultation request form, visit www.fashionincubator.com/happenings/newsroom/tfi-industry-consult.shtml.

To ask an online mentor a question or to view frequently asked questions, visit www.fashionincubator.com/mentors/ask_a_question/index.shtml. Online mentorship is a free, public, service to community provided by the Toronto Fashion Incubator.

2. TFI Promostyl Seminar For F/W 2009/2010
On Tuesday, July 8, international trend research and design company Promostyl presents its semi-annual visual presentation exclusively for TFI members. Gain insight on the influences, colours, fabrics and silhouettes for F/W 2009/2010 and be inspired to develop an innovative collection that's right on trend with what retailers and customers are looking to buy. Doors open at 6:30pm for a coffee reception and networking opportunity where you can browse through a range of Promostyl books available that night only on accessories, menswear, fabrics, colours and more. The presentation starts at 7:00pm at Metro Hall, 55 John St. (at Wellington) in Toronto. Tickets are $35 and are available ONLY to TFI Members. Following the presentation is the monthly TFI Members Meeting. Join fellow TFI Members for an insightful discussion at no additional cost. Register securely online at www.fashionincubator.com/shop
or call TFI Admin at 416-971-7117 to reserve your seat at one of TFI's most popular presentations. SPACE IS LIMITED! Advance tickets ONLY. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Sponsored by City of Toronto Economic Development and Promostyl.

3. Fashion Cares Gets Spooky
Canada’s largest fashion fundraiser was missing from this spring calendar. The 22nd annual Fashion Cares is now being held for the first time since its inception in the fall. On Saturday, November 1, 2008, Fashion Cares: Fashion sCares, a Halloween-themed extravaganza returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and promises to bring back the fashion, flash and flamboyance lost during 2007’s misstep at Toronto’s historic Distillery District.

“Fashion Cares 2008 is going to be a blast,” says chair Michael King, founding creative director of Kontent Group. “Our vision is to bring back the essence of what’s made this event such an amazing success for the past 21 years, and help ACT raise the money that is so vital to funding the organization’s day-to-day operations. This year we’re putting the fashion back in Fashion Cares with a spectacle that will blow you away. Imagine Haute Couture meets Halloween meets Paris is Burning and you’ve got an idea of where we’re going.”

General admission tickets go on sale September 6 and will be available through Ticketmaster. Since 1987, Fashion Cares has raised over $10 million for the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). For more information and event updates visit www.fashioncares.com or call ACT at 416-340-9255.

4. 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 benefactor Wanda Ho and contributor William Frankel for their kind donations to TFI.

Donor Categories: Contributor: $50 and under; Supporter: $50-$100; Benefactor: $100-$500; Patron: $500 and up.

Please help support TFI by making a donation through TFI Shop.

5. Scene & Heard

Dress Lucinda And Max
Toronto’s fictional fashionistas from online comic blog Rags and Mags are getting ready for the Much Music Video Awards and after-party. Style authority Lucinda McRuvy will be on the red carpet interviewing the likes of Spice Girl Melanie C, gossip blogger Perez Hilton, Rihanna and Girlicious. Struggling fashion designer Max Velosse is planning to sneak into the award show. Will Lucinda run in to arch-nemesis Mimi M and let her ruin yet another event? Will Max be able to get past security or will she be kicked out? The big question on our minds is: who will they be wearing? Creators Danielle Meder and Carolyn Rohaly are leaving the styling in the fateful hands of their reader with their online contest. The clothing and accessories must be made by Canadian designers and sold at Canadian stores and reflect each of the characters. The winning stylists will receive the original inked line art signed by Meder, 25 postcards featuring the winning outfit and will be name-dropped in the MMVA post as a Rags and Mags character. Contest closes Friday, June 13, with the winners announced on Monday, June 16. For contest details and to enter visit ragsandmags.com/contest/.

Fashion Industry Loses Icon
Fashion lovers the world over mourned the loss of fashion designer and icon Yves Saint Laurent in early June. Saint Laurent lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 71 on June 1. The celebrated designer was laid to rest on Thursday, June 5, at the Eglise Saint-Roch in Paris where hundreds of people came to honour his life and work. According to WWD, the memorial mass is set to be remembered as one of the most important and biggest French fashion funerals since Christian Dior in 1957. Saint Laurent retired in 2002. Canadians wishing to view his creations first-hand can venture to Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts where an exhibit of 148 garments and accessories from Saint Laurent is on display until September 28 before moving to San Francisco. For more information, visit www.mbam.qc.ca/micro_sites/ysl/hommage_en.html.

Charlie Picks Up New Labels Finalist
Womenswear and accessory boutique Charlie, which opened on March 6 at 809 Queen St. W., will be carrying TFI New Labels competition finalist Adrienne Butikofer’s line this fall. Formerly a buyer for Girl Friday and assistant to Toronto designer Anne Hung, owner Erin Swan’s boutique is filled with lines from all over Canada including Montreal’s Anastasia Lomonova and Ophelie and Vancouver’s Dace, Peel, Gaya and Lily & Jae. For more information visit www.iluvcharlie.com.

Made You Look Opens Sister Store
Parkdale continues to grow with the addition of Made You Look Accessories. The sister store to Made You Look Jewellery Studio and Gallery, which specializes in high-end, custom and special occasion jewellery, showcases fashion forward, funky, one-of-a-kind accessories at accessible price points. The new location is directly across the street from the original at 1273 Queen St. W. Over 100 Canadian artists can be found between the two locations. Made You Look was created by owner Sarah Hamel in 2001 just as she was graduating from the jewellery arts program at George Brown College. Hamel renovated one of the rundown buildings on Queen West and launched a venue with a retail area in front and a jewellery studio in the back. The studio houses 12 work benches, which are rented out on a part- or full-time basis to self-employed jewellery designers to create their work, and is available to them 24/7. Today, Hamel intentionally takes a step back from creating her own jewellery line in order to not compete with the jewellers she promotes in store. The Made You Look Entrepreneur Award is awarded to a graduating George Brown College student through a juried application and interview process to the candidate who best demonstrates an entrepreneurial drive and the potential for business excellence. Award recipients receive the use of a bench at Made You Look free of charge for three months to help start their career. For more information, visit www.madeyoulook.ca.

House Of Spy Launches E-Commerce Site
House of Spy recently launched an e-commerce site where customers worldwide can shop online for designer Wendy Wong’s sassy and feminine designs from spring 2008 and from her newly launched Beatrice Holloway knitwear line. Visit www.ShopHouseofSpy.com to browse and shop or visit www.houseofspy.com for more information.

Social Butterfly Opens On Danforth
Social Butterfly, steps away from sister store La Di Da, recently opened at 315 Danforth Ave. in Toronto. The store is stocked with feminine dresses, beautiful jewellery and pretty footwear. Lines include Steve Madden, Tashi, Hanky Panky, Mimosa Originals and Porridge. For more information visit www.socialbutterflyboutique.com or call 416-466-5872.

Kensington Store Frees Golf
Toronto’s Kensington Market is home to Toronto’s first urban golf clothing store, Free Your Game. The collective of urban designers, artists and architects celebrated the opening on Saturday, May 24, with an eclectic lineup of fashion, photography, music and design including a golf streetwear fashion show featuring models from Ford Models and a gallery presentation by skateboarder/golf photographer Chris Gallow. The new store is located at 202 Augusta Ave. For more information visit www.freeyourgame.com or call 416-850-7115.

ACE Boutique Scores New Boutique
ACE Collections, a new independent Canadian designer and manufacturer of women’s sport and lifestyle clothing, opened its first free-standing ACE Boutique on April 30, just north of the Davisville Tennis Club at 320 Millwood Rd. in Toronto. The 700-sq.-ft., all-white location houses the entire collection of Ace Golf and ACE *Tec Leisure apparel, as well as the ACE Diva and ACE Classic tennis lines. ACE Collections are also available at select retailers including Sporting Life, Merchant of Tennis, and various golf and tennis clubs across Canada and the US. For more information, visit www.ace-collections.com.

Adidas Opens First Sport Performance Store In Canada
Canada's first adidas Sport Performance Store opened on May 2, 2008, in the Toronto Life Square Complex at Dundas Square. The 10,500-sq.-ft. concept space stocks the widest selection of adidas product in Canada, plus the complete collection of adidas by Stella McCartney. For more information call 416-915-8140.

It Designer Contest
MyItThings.com is holding the It Designer Contest. Designers are asked to submit five original women’s ready-to-wear designs, which can range from sketches to finished garments or model photos. The top 10 semi-finalists will be selected by readers’ votes. Deadline to submit is July 15. The competition is open to residents of both the United States and Canada. The three semi-finalists will be announced on August 1. Each finalist is awarded $1,500 and two months to create five looks for their spring/summer ‘09 collection, while uploading their progress through blogs, photos and videos. On October 1, the final looks will be posted to the site for user ratings and will be part of a New York fashion show where a panel of judges will review the garments. The winner will be announced on November 1 and will receive $5,000 toward the production of their line, which will be available for pre-order and sale exclusively on MyItThings.com in spring ’09. For more information visit myitthings.com/itdesigner.

The Art Of Seduction
On Thursday, June 19, the Carlu plays host to a French lingerie fashion show, The Art of Seduction. Show at 7:15pm, 444 Yonge St., 7th Floor, Toronto. The cocktail and fashion show sponsored by Lingerie Francaise will feature collections from 11 of France’s top lingerie houses. Lingerie Française is an organization that promotes, protects and enables French lingerie brands exposure to buyers, markets and media abroad. Featured lines include Aubade, Chantelle, Elixir, Lejaby, Lise Charmel and Princesse Tam-Tam. For more information visit, www.lingeriefrancaise.com/site/gb/index.asp.

Remembering Ron Catahan, IAOD
Ron Catahan, the International Academy of Design (IAOD) fashion design program coordinator, died suddenly in late May. His body was discovered by Toronto police on Thursday, May 22nd. Catahan’s extensive career in Toronto’s fashion industry began after he completed his studies at Ryerson University. He worked for such companies as Comrags, the Monaco Group. Alfred Sung and Joeffer Caoc and show produced for many Toronto designers including Greta Constantine and Nada Designs. Catahan loved teaching and helping young people. He began teaching at IAOD in the fall of 1990 and became coordinator of the fashion design department in 2006.

Joeffer Caoc Custom Designs For Toronto’s Newest Nightspot
On Saturday, May 24, Park Lane nightclub celebrated its official grand opening in partnership with renowned fashion designer Joeffer Caoc who designed elegant garments for the service staff. Guests were treated to a special DJ performance by Juno-nominated Dragonette front-woman Martina Sorbara, accompanied by drummer Joel Stouffer. Park Lane is located in the centre of Toronto’s theatre district at 180 Pearl St.. For more information, visit www.parklane.com.

Lucian Matis Launches Handbag Line
Project Runway Canada finalist Lucian Matis recently launched his online store, which features his first collection of handbags. The collection includes a range of clutches and hobo bags, with prices ranging from $125 to $450. To view the collection, visit www.lucianmatis.com.

L’Oréal Paris Creates Beauty Environment During Luminato
L’Oreal Paris is offering complimentary makeup and hair touch-ups during Toronto’s Arts and Creativity Festival Luminato. Beauty experts will be on hand at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto between June 6 and 11. L’Oreal Paris official makeup artist Eddie Maleterre and official hair artist and colourist Eric Del Monaco will make guest appearances at various scheduled times during the festival. For more information visit www.lorealparis.ca and www.luminato.com.

Utex Celebrates 65th Anniversary
This spring, Montreal-based Utex Fashion Group celebrates its 65th anniversary. Utex is a global manufacturer and marketer of men’s and ladies’ wear including Utex, Hilary Radley®, Jones New York® and Perry Ellis®. The company was honoured by the Foundation de la mode de Montreal on May 15 at the 13th annual event at the Palais des Congres in Montreal. The organization was established in 1990 to support training and research in fashion. Since its inception the foundation has raised over $2 million for bursaries awarded to Quebec fashion post-secondary institutions and new designers. For more information on Utex visit www.utexfashiongroup.com.

GenArt Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of Styles Show
For a over a decade Gen Art has helped debut some of American’s top design talent including Zac Posen, Philip Lim, and Rebecca Taylor through high-profile group runway fashion shows, presentations and shopping events held in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and San Francisco. Gen Art invites only the best and most promising young design talent in the United States to show their lines at no cost. Hosted by The Style Network’s Robert Verdi, this year’s event was held in New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom where over 1,500 guests attended with awards presented by actress Sophia Bush and Project Runway runner-up Kara Saun. Winners of the Botox Design Vision Award, selected by a fashion judging panel, included NINAKI of Los Angeles (Accessories); Yujin Song of London (Ready to Wear); Timothy Franklin, also of London (Menswear); Marie Potesta from San Francisco (Avant-Garde) and Louisa Parris of San Francisco (Eveningwear.) The big prize of the evening, the Tone Design Award for Radiance, was awarded to Joel Diaz, Jolibe of New York. Each Botox Design Vision Award winner collected a $5,000 cash prize and the winner of the Tone Award went home with a $10,000 cash prize. For information for designers interested in showing with Gen Art, or participating in shopping events visit www.genart.org/fashion.show.htm.

Schnarre Signs With Sutherland Models
Canadian Supermodel Monika Schnarre recently signed with Toronto’s Sutherland Models. Schnarre, at the age of 14, was the youngest ever to win Ford Model’s “Supermodel of the World” competition. By 15 she was the youngest ever to grace the cover of American Vogue and to appear in Sports Illustrated’s infamous swimsuit issue. For more information, visit www.suthermodels.com or call 416-703-7070.

Black Is In Vogue
World-renowned fashion photographer Steven Meisel shot an entire issue of Vogue Italia with all-black models. The issue, which is set for July, is said to include Alex Wek, Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, Veronica Webb and Project Runway host and supermodel Iman. For more information, visit www.style.it/cont/vogue/home-vogue.asp.

TORO Gets Resurrected Online
Award-winning Canadian men’s magazine TORO re-launched as an online magazine on May 21. The multimedia publication promises to retain the same wit as its printed predecessor and cover a wide range of topics including sports, style, cars and gadgets. For more information visit www.toromagazine.com.

TCHAD Magazine Celebrates Third Anniversary
Lifestyle magazine TCHAD celebrated its third anniversary at Atelier Lounge in Toronto on May 21. The magazine was established in 2005 to create a diverse publication focusing on fashion, design, lifestyle and music. Celebrated burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese appears on the anniversary issue. For more information, visit www.tchadmag.com.

Glen Baxter On His Trip To Ethiopia
FashionTelevision host Glen Baxter premiered his photographic exhibit and auction, “Oh his trip to Ethiopia” at the Hugo Boss showroom in Yorkville on May 7. For the past 20 years Baxter has travelled extensively throughout South East and South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, chronicling his trip through his photography. Proceeds from the sales of his work support Right to Play (www.righttoplay.com), which uses specially-designed sport programs to improve the lives for children in Africa, Asia and the Middle East affected by war, poverty, disease. To view a slideshow, visit www.glenbaxter.ca/.

Fuller Gets Edited
Tabloid queen Bonnie Fuller stepped down from her position as executive vice president and chief editorial director at American Media Inc. last month. Fuller will remain as an editor at large for Star and a consultant to AMI chief executive officer David Pecker. The University of Toronto graduate and former Flare magazine editor reported to Reuters shortly after the news broke that she was not pressured out of the job, but has a plans for another media venture in the near future. Fuller has an impressive list of high-profile magazines to her credit including YM, the first American edition of Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and US Weekly. In 2007, she was voted one of the most successful women in New York business and was twice named “editor of the year” by Ad Age.

Superhero Costumes: Fashion And Fantasy At The MET
The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest special exhibition Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy features a wide selection of fashion inspired by some of DC Comics and Marvel Characters most beloved heroes and villains. Amidst the original superhero suits worn on both the small- and big-screen, including Christopher Reeves’ Superman and Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman costumes, are outfits by high-end designers such as Versace, Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, and John Galliano. As the site explains, “the fashionable body and the superhero body are sites upon which we can project our fantasies, offering a virtuosic transcendence beyond the moribund and utilitarian.” The exhibit, which opened on May 7th, runs through September 1. For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/special/superheroes.

Von Furstenberg And Claiborne Honoured On Fashion Walk Of Fame
Diane von Furstenberg and Liz Claiborne have been chosen as 2008’s additions to Seventh Avenue's Fashion Walk of Fame. It has been five years since a star has been added alongside past honourees Calvin Klein, Halston, Bill Blass, Donna Karan and Mark Jacobs. Claiborne, who passed away after a long battle with cancer last year, will be represented by her widower, Arthur Ortenberg. For more information, visit www.fashioncenter.com.


ELLE Canada’s coverage of TFI News Label Competition. Interviews with Rita Silvan, editor-in-chief of ELLE Canada, Susan Langdon, executive director to Toronto Fashion Incubator, and Eugenia Leavitt, the 2008 winner.

TFI debuts on You Tube featuring interviews with Fashion Television’s Jeanne Beker, Holt Renfrew’s Barbara Atkin and TFI alumnus Arthur Mendonça. The video is a short clip from a six-minute version sponsored by The Government of Canada.

The Cool Hunter celebrates creativity in all of its modern manifestations. They are a leading online publication and an up-market hub for what is the most creative, the most innovative, the newest, best and coolest. They value global relevance, not global trends, channeling what they find to a worldwide audience.

Trend spotting, cool hunting and innovation. TrendHunter.com is the world's largest community dedicated to trend spotting and cool hunting. Routinely sourced by the media, Trend Hunter is a source of inspiration for industry professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs and the insatiably curious.

Footwear News presents a sampling of the 50 classic shoes that have stood the test of time.

7. Upcoming Events

June 4 - 8, 2008
Fashion & Design Festival Montreal
McGill College Avenue, Montreal. The Montréal Fashion & Design Festival, in collaboration with Place Montréal Trust, Montréal Eaton Centre and Complexe Les Ailes offers five days of dazzling shows with more than 30 fashion shows on outdoor stages at 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. The main labels presented: Esprit, Foxy Jeans, French Connection, Groggy, Le Chateau, Mexx, Point Zero, Roots, Tommy Hilfiger and more. For information email info@sensationmode.com or visit www.fashiongates.com/magazine/Montreal-Fashion-Design-Festival-2007.html.

June 6 - 8, 2008
Designers & Agents
New Mart, 127 E 9th St., Los Angeles. Designers & Agents® is an independent, international alternative marketplace for over 1,000 collections and thousands of retailers who define the cutting edge in fashion and lifestyle. D&A’s spring and fall shows in Los Angeles and New York attract 3,000 retail and media visitors. For more information, visit www.designersandagents.com.

June 8, 2008
Crave Spring Market Party
Celia Franca Centre at Canada's National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis St., Toronto. From noon to 4pm. Toronto's sassiest shopping event for women. It’s the farmer’s market for fabulousness! Visit www.cravetoronto.com or call 416-651-6600 for more information.

June 9 - 15, 2008
Mille Femmes Toronto
Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, 161-181 Bay St., Toronto. Conveying the precious bond among creative women in our vibrant city, this tribute entitled Toronto’s Mille Femmes, will bring together portraits of a thousand women from all artistic fields including art, architecture, dance, theatre, fashion, design, film, literature, journalism, and arts administration and producing. Co-produced by Luminato and Lancôme, Toronto’s Mille Femmes will capture the inner-beauty and unique personalities of the inspirational women who embody the passion, heritage and inspiration behind Toronto ’s artistic community. An exceptional project by famed French photographer Pierre Maraval, Toronto’s Mille Femmes is above all a unique technical performance. All the portraits will be printed and progressively displayed in the exhibition. Free. For more information visit www.luminato.com/festival/eng/events/ID14/index.php.

June 17, 2008
Eleven Minutes at ReelHeART
Theatre 222, Innis College, 2 Sussex Ave. Join the Toronto Fashion Incubator at the screening of Eleven Minutes, a sassy fashion doc by Michael Selditch, at ReelHeART International Film Festival (RHIFF), on Tuesday, June 17. Eleven Minutes is a feature documentary that follows fashion designer Jay McCarroll and his year-long journey of designing and preparing his first independent runway show and clothing line after winning the first season of Project Runway. Tickets are $8. TFI Members and fashion design students get in for $5. Simply go to www.reelheart.com/2008/festival/ Click on “Tuesday”, Scroll to “Main Programming B, Tuesday 7:00 PM” Click on “Organizations” to buy your advance ticket. Tickets will be held at the door.

June 21 - 25, 2008
Milan Moda Uomo
Milan. One of the objectives of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana is the organization and management of the main displays, fashion shows and events that will be held to represent the Italian fashion system in Milan, which is a convergence between high-end, luxury ready-to-wear and the designers' input. For more information email Info.toronto@italchambers.ca or visit

June 25 - 27, 2008
Dallas Fabric Show
Dallas Market Center, 2100 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. The Fabric Show features over 160 mills and converters of decorative fabrics, laces, trims, leather, and related supplies. Held twice a year, this show caters to the diverse needs of the apparel, bedding, drapery, furniture, gift and accessory industries, luggage, slip cover, tabletop and related sundry manufacturers who buy by the bolt. For more information email info@dmcmail.com or visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/dmc/custom/dmc/dmc/splash_flashEnabled.cvn.

July 7 - August 29, 2008
DX Summer Design Camp
Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., Toronto. The Design Exchange offers engaging design-based summer camps for young designers aged 7 to 16. Programs are led by a qualified and creative team of counsellors, senior camp staff and visiting design professionals. For more information, visit www.dx.org.

July 8, 2008
TFI Promostyl Seminar for F/W 2009/2010
Metro Hall, 55 John St. (at Wellington) in Toronto. International trend research and design company Promostyl, presents its semi-annual visual presentation exclusively for TFI members. Gain insight on the influences, colours, fabrics and silhouettes for F/W 2009/2010 and be inspired to develop an innovative collection that's right on trend with what retailers and customers are looking to buy. Doors open at 6:30pm for a coffee reception and networking opportunity where you can browse through a range of Promostyl books available that night only on accessories, menswear, fabrics, colours and more. The presentation begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $35 and are available ONLY to TFI Members. Following the presentation is the monthly TFI Members Meeting. Join fellow TFI Members for an insightful discussion at no additional cost. Register securely online at TFI Shop or call TFI Admin at 416-971-7117 to reserve your seat at one of TFI's most popular presentations. SPACE IS LIMITED! Advance tickets ONLY. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Sponsored by City of Toronto Economic Development and Promostyl.

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