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TFI News June 2009

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June 2009
Volume 17, Issue 4

1. Champagne & Discredits
2. Carolyn’s Diaries—Interview: Sunny Fong After Winning Project Runway Canada
3. Ontario Invests In Aspiring Fashion Entrepreneurs
4. TFI Board Welcomes Councillor Shelley Carroll
5. Trade Policy Update: Tariff Preference Levels—Notice To Exporters Issued
6. Upcoming TFI Events
7. Share Your News With TFI
8. Thank You Donors
9. Fashion Births & Deaths: A tally of good news and bad news on the fashion front
10. Scene & Heard
11. Top Picks
12. Upcoming Events

1. Champagne & Discredits
By Gail McInnes

The tweeting was deafening after Toronto Life’s new Toronto’s Best Dressed segment came out on Thursday, May 27. Real estate developer Deena Pantalone was featured in a red dress she wore to the Butterfly Ball, which she claimed was a vintage piece that she “re-worked” with help from a cousin who is a stylist in New York.

What was all the fuss about? Well, the dress was actually designed and made by TFI New Labels 2003 finalist Caroline Lim of Champagne &Cupcakes . Lim found out about the mis-credit through a customer inquiring about whether the dress she saw in Toronto Life was vintage, or if it was in fact a Champagne & Cupcakes original design. Confused, Lim had the customer send over the link.

Initially Lim was hurt that Pantalone would make up the story. Lim remembers when Pantalone came to the store. “She was super outgoing and a pleasure to work with. She had mentioned she was looking for a fabulous dress to wear to the [Butterfly Ball].” Overwhelmed by the amount of support from loyal clientele and strangers, Lim posted a thank you announcing a discount to anyone who posted their own comment on the post.
“Not only were people blogging endlessly, even the phone at the boutique was ringing off the hook with people calling to let me know, personally, their support and reassurance,” says Lim. “Being a small, local designer it’s easy to be missed in the giant ocean of fashion and it was super flattering and heartwarming to hear warm words from complete strangers.”

Toronto Life closed commentary on the post after it reached over 150 comments. Orders for the infamous dress are pouring in and Lim reported a “packed” store the weekend following. Pantalone herself apologized to Lim in person just as her photo was released in Toronto Star’s Fashion section where she re-credited the dress as Dior. In response to the second mis-credit, Lim said, “All I could say was ‘Wow. Dior? Thank you Ms. Deena...That’s kinda flattering.”

Lim hopes this situation has brought light to the issue of “artistic plagiarism” and opened consumers’ eyes to the talent of local designers. “I really feel like independent Toronto designers need to stay connected to support each other since, at times, the market is not the easiest for us little fish. I just wanted to stand up for myself and my fellow designers.”

And that customer who made the initial call? She’s first on the waiting list.

To read the original Toronto Life post, visit www.torontolife.com.

2. Interview: Sunny Fong After Winning Project Runway Canada
By Carolyn Rohaly

Sunny Fong (www.vawk.ca) stood out in the Project Runway Canada competition. His infectious smile, positive outlook, impeccable construction and impressive final collection won over judges and the show’s audience. It’s been over a month since the finale aired and revealed Sunny’s triumph, so I thought it was a good time to catch up with him.

Carolyn: Congratulations on your Project Runway win. How has your life changed since the finale?
Sunny: Thanks! Well there was a career change; I had to slowly ease my responsibilities as a graphic designer to becoming a full-time fashion designer. Right now it’s more business development, in regards to starting up the line, once that is settled, I’m going to start designing my spring/summer 2010 collection.

C: What business lessons did you learn on the show?
S: I learned was that there is no fashion without business….and fashion is a business, it has to be considered as seriously as the design. Listening and understanding the client/market is important to be successful.

C: Would you recommend the experience to other designers?
S: I really enjoyed the experience—I love stress. The show is a competition between designers and to compete in that environment really is a true test of skill and talent. Though it’s not a realistic situation, it really is a test. It’s about endurance. I would totally recommend it.

C: What are your plans for the future?
S: My plan is to get the line launched in Canada first and really look into markets outside Canada. I do want to establish my line internationally. It’s going to be a lot of work, but that’s the goal.

C: What’s your advice to someone who wants to start a fashion business?
S: Really plan out what you want to do in the industry and go for it. If it’s to start your own line, don’t forget about the business aspect—that’s what is going to keep the line afloat—and if business is not your strength, find someone who can do that. Look outside yourself, network, call and connect with people in the industry. There are a lot of people who are willing to help, or can give advice. Plan out everything…you don’t want to be catching up season after season.

For more diary entries from Carolyn Rohaly, visit fashionincubator.com/diaries.

3. Ontario Invests In Aspiring Fashion Entrepreneurs

Ontario is giving youth with a flair for fashion a chance to hone their business skills through the Youth Entrepreneurship Partnerships (YEP) program.

Youth Employment Services, a recipient of a $70,000 grant under the YEP program, has teamed up with the Toronto Fashion Incubator to provide training and workshops on how to launch a career as a fashion designer. Their project, A Passion for Fashion, will help participants learn about entrepreneurship in the fashion industry. The project will serve youth and high school students in 13 priority neighbourhoods in Toronto.

Launched in 2006, the YEP program provides funding to non-profit organizations for projects that promote the entrepreneurial spirit in youth aged 12 to 29. Nineteen organizations have been selected in this third round of grants, totaling just over $1 million in support.

"This project will demystify the world of running your own business for youth who otherwise may never have the chance to see how to build a career by combining their creativity with entrepreneurship. The result can be a rewarding career, where they are also likely to create jobs for others," says Harinder Takhar from the Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services (pictured above, second from left, cutting a pattern).

• In its first two rounds of funding, YEP has provided approximately $2.27 million to 20 projects.
• Youth Employment Services was established in 1968 and is the first youth employment centre in Canada.
• Since 2006, the Ontario government has contributed grants totaling $4 million to the Canadian Youth Business Foundation for its work helping youth to create new businesses.

Youth Employment Services
Toronto Fashion Incubator
Ontario government youth programs

Contact Gabrielle Zilkha
t 416.504.5516 x 233

4. TFI Board Welcomes Councillor Shelley Carroll

On April 14, 2009, Councillor Shelley Carroll was elected to the Board of Directors of the Toronto Fashion Incubator. Carroll is the city Councillor for Ward 33 - Don Valley East in Toronto. First elected in 2003, she quickly established herself as one of Toronto City Council's brightest newcomers. She is Toronto's Budget Chief, managing the City's $7.6-billion budget, and is a member of the new Executive Committee. For more information about Councillor Carroll, visit www.toronto.ca/councillors/carroll1.htm.

5. Trade Policy Update: Tariff Preference Levels—Notice to Exporters Issued
The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) has issued a Notice to Exporters explaining previously announced changes to the allocation of the Cotton or Man-made Fibre Apparel Tariff Preference Levels (TPL). This policy will be of interest to firms that export apparel made in Canada from imported yarns or fabric.

Going forward, this export quota, which allows a certain amount of non-qualifying apparel to be exported to the U.S. at NAFTA duty rates, will be available on a first-come first-served basis. These changes came into effect April 15, 2009.

• Notice to Exporters Serial No. 165 Date: May 22, 2009 NAFTA Cotton or Man-Made Fibre Apparel Exports
• Avis aux exportateurs Nº de série: 165 Date: le 22 mai 2009 - Exportations de vêtements confectionnés en coton ou en fibres synthétiques ou artificielles sous le régime de l’ALENA

The current balance of unallocated TPL for the 2009 is now available on a first-come, first-served basis to exporters. On January 1, 2010 (and annually thereafter), TPL will be allocated to quota holders on the basis of their export performance in the previous year, with any remaining balance made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Another key change instituted by this amendment is the elimination of the requirement that the quota/TPL holder be the producer of the goods exported, as was previously the case. Now any company exporting Canadian-made apparel requiring TPL will be able to apply for the TPL to cover the shipment. Note: The allocation policy for wool apparel TPL remains unchanged.

The TPL allocation policy was implemented in 1999 to deal with high demand for TPL. It allowed for TPL to be transferred between quota holders. This “trading” of TPL allowed firms that do not use their allocation in a given year to transfer it to another firm, subject to certain conditions, while retaining the allocation for future years. The policy was originally implemented at the request of industry when demand for TPL was very high. DFAIT requested input on this policy in the fall, and the majority of Canadian Apparel Federation members that commented were in favor of these changes.

To view the rates of TPL utilization, visit: www.international.gc.ca

6. Upcoming TFI Events

Each month TFI presents educational and informative seminars on topics of interest to fashion entrepreneurs. Register for these upcoming sessions in June and July:

June 15, 2009
TFI Members Meeting
5:30pm Networking & refreshments, 6:00 - 7:00pm Meeting
Toronto Fashion Incubator, 285 Manitoba Drive, Pod 3, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Hosted by TFI blogger Carolyn Rohaly, TFI monthly meetings help members connect, share ideas and gain advice from peers. Please register online through TFI Shop and be automatically entered in a draw to win a FABULOUS DOOR PRIZE valued at approximately $50 retail.

Going Green
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Doors open 5:30pm, presentation 6:00 - 7:30pm (note new time change)
Metro Hall, 55 John St., Toronto. Register for the Going Green seminar and be automatically entered in a DRAW to WIN TFI's NEW guidebook, Fashioning Sustainability: TFI's Guide to Going Green. Hot off the press, this informative publication will assist new and emerging fashion entrepreneurs to understand and adopt green technologies and practices that can help increase sales and market opportunities. The guidebook includes an extensive Resource Index listing green suppliers to the fashion industry. Guests attending the seminar on June 18th will also receive an EXCLUSIVE COUPON* BONUS OFFER from SYKA Textiles, Canadian supplier of beautiful, eco-conscious fabrics.TFI's Going Green Seminar. Cost $35 + GST for TFI members; $60 + GST for non-members. *For coupon terms & conditions, please visit www.fashionincubator.com/happenings.

Promostyl Trend Forecast Fall/Winter 2010
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Doors open 6pm, presentation 6:30 - 8pm
Metro Hall, 55 John St., Toronto. Discover the colours, silhouettes and design influences for fall/winter 2010 from Paris-based trend-forecasting agency Promostyl. This seminar would be beneficial for womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and accessory designers, as well as for those in retail. This seminar is exclusive to TFI members. Cost: $35 + GST.

For tickets to all events, please click here.

7. Share Your News With TFI

Do you have a story you would like to share with like-minded, fashion-loving people around the world? We’re always looking for stories on new store openings, exciting updates from our members and the rest of the fashion community. Send your submissions or press releases to gail@fashionincubator.com.

8. Thank You TFI Donors
Thank you to our donors for your support of our non-profit organization. Your financial contribution enables TFI to carry on its important work of encouraging job creation and economic development in the community. This month we recognize the following contributors for their kind donations to TFI: Donna Ferguson, Faren Tami, Alex Chin and Monique Rhooms. Donor categories: Contributor, $50 and under; Supporter, $50 to $100; Benefactor, $100 to $500; Patron, $500 and up. If you would like to make a donation to TFI please click here.

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

First, the good news…:

Cole Haan Introduces New Store Design Concept
Luxury retailer Cole Haan reopened its newly renovated Toronto Bloor Street boutique on May 22. The 4,954-square-foot location was next on the list of international makeovers, which will eventually include the transformation of all the stores in the chain in conjunction with the company’s 80th anniversary last fall. “This Toronto debut is a significant step in furthering Cole Haan’s presence in the luxury retail landscape,” says CEO Jim Seuss. “The name Cole Haan has, and continues to be, synonymous with great design and craftsmanship. This new store concept allows us the ability to showcase our product in an environment befitting its nature.” Designed in collaboration with Callison Architects, the new concept captures the aesthetic of a Californian modernist home with polished stainless steel fixtures, stained wooden floors and lacquered walls and table.

ALDO Sets Foot In Hong Kong
On May 25, 2009, Canadian shoe and accessory retailer ALDO Group made its first foray into the Hong Kong retail market by opening a flagship store at the IFC Mall. The location offers a wide range of its women’s and men’s shoes, accessories and handbags. "Hong Kong is famous for its fashion sense and trends,” says ALDO’s international brand director Martin Ku. “People from around the region, especially those from Mainland China, are traveling to Hong Kong to see the latest trends in the market. Our presence in Hong Kong will no doubt help us establish ALDO's on-trend, young and stylish brand image in Asia."

Tique Opens on Yonge
New womenswear retailer, Tique, has opened in the former Finishing Touches location at 3281 Yonge St. in Toronto. Open seven days a week, the store carries an assortment of casual business, casual wear and accessories. For more information, call 416-482-8096.

Now the bad…:

Lacroix Files For Bankruptcy Protection
Famed for his exuberant haute couture designs and his “le pouf” gowns in the late ’80s, French couturier Christian Lacroix filed for bankruptcy protection in France. The company, which was founded in 1987, blamed the current economic situation for its inability to pay creditors.

Belgian Designer Closes Shop
According to website The Fashion Spot, Veronique Branquihno’s 11-year old company is in court-appointed liquidation for a three-month period. In July, the 35 year-old designer will cease production of her eponymous line. There is no word yet on the future of the collection already in production. Branquinho's only freestanding boutique, located on Nationalestraat in Antwerp, will remain open to clear out stock.

10. Scene & Heard

The Perfect Competition
TFI member and handbag designer Ana Niculae of Imperfect Indulgence was selected as a finalist in the third annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards Competition in the Swarovsky Elements category. The final event will take place at an awards ceremony on June 17 at The New York Historical Society in New York City. A judging panel from Handbag Designer 101, the handbag designer resource, selected the 35 finalists. View the video announcing all the finalists here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jINHPgdQVdU. For more information on Imperfect Indulgence, visit www.imperfectindulgence.com or call 416.831.1264.

Les Cravates Par Hermès
French luxury brand Hermès has organized an international graphic competition Les Cravates par Hermes in collaboration with designboom. Open to applicants from around the world, the competition calls upon professional designers, students and design buffs to create a new pattern that is either a re-interpretation of the classic Hermès pattern or something entirely unique. The winners will receive a royalty-based license contract and a cash prize of € 3000 euro. The competition runs until August 1, 2009. For more information visit designboom.com/hermes.html.

K-OS At Montreal Fashion And Design Festival
Juno award-winning Canadian hip-hop artist K-OS is set to perform on the runway on the opening night of the Montreal Fashion Design Festival. The event, entitled Peace & K-OS, takes place on June 17, on McGill College Avenue in downtown Montreal, and will also feature original designs inspired by the concept of peace. Participating Quebec designers include Denis Gagnon, Phillipe Dubuc, Helmer and Marie Saint Pierre. This is the ninth edition of the festival, which merges the worlds of fashion, design and music. More than 150 designers and 50 major labels, along with performances by local and international artists such as Toronto’s Fritz Helder & the Phantoms, will be featured over the four-day event, which runs from June 17 to June 20. For more info, go to www.sensationmode.com/site_en.html.

Songstress Gets Reclaimed
Renowned Canadian songstress Sarah Slean has teamed up with Canadian designers for her national Recessionista tour. Artist and designer Annie Thompson, along with Project Runway Canada winner Sunny Fong, were commissioned by Slean to craft a new dress made completely from reclaimed second-hand garments. Never one to shy away from a creative challenge, Thompson jumped at the opportunity to breathe new life into a variety of treasures sourced from Value Village, including a bed sheet, a wedding gown, and a couple of tops and dresses. Inspired by the design of a chair from an architecture magazine, Thompson’s inventiveness of the white and black striped bodice "reflects the lightness and darkness of Slean’s lyrics and the melodies played on the keys of her piano", she says. Slean wore the ensemble for her June 4 Montreal performance at Le Savoy. Each designer gown from the tour will be auctioned off on eBay with the proceeds benefiting the David Suzuki Foundation. For more information, visit www.sarahslean.com.

Holts Searches For Correspondent
Holt Renfrew launched the Holts Contemporary Correspondent Search in late May. The contest was open to residents of the Greater Toronto Area, Greater Vancouver Area and Greater Montreal Area only. Starting June 24, the finalists will be given various fashion-related challenges. The public is asked to cast their votes on the company’s Facebook Fan Page to select the three final winners. To cast your vote, visit www.facebook.com/HoltRenfrew.

Freedom Clothing Celebrates TFI New Labels Winner
On May 30, Toronto’s Freedom Clothing Collective hosted a launch party for Faren Tami of FAREN, the winner of the ELLE Canada New Labels Fashion Award for 2009. The designer was on hand to greet guests and to collect pre-orders for fall 2009, which will be available at the store’s location at 939 Bloor St. W. Freedom is a Toronto-based clothing collective that provides new and emerging local designers, artists and musicians a place to showcase their work.

Worn Gets SOL(e)D Out
Canadian alternative fashion magazine WORN Fashion Journal celebrated the launch of its shoe issue with an event at Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum on June 6. The night included cocktails, dancing and a live auction featuring 24 pairs of Keds sneakers reworked by Canadian artists and fashion designers such as Renata Morales, Damzels in This Dress and fashion illustrator Danielle Meder. Proceeds from the sale of the shoes were donated to Fashion Cares in support of ACT, with Keds matching all funds raised from the event. All attendees received a two-year complimentary subscription to WORD Fashion Journal. For more information, visit www.wornjournal.com.

Supermodel Rides The Runway
International supermodel Coco Rocha returned to Canada on May 31 to walk the runway in support of the 2nd Annual Sears National Kids Cancer Ride (SNKCR). The event, presented by Elite Model Management, was held at The Roxx in Barrie, Ontario. All the proceeds from the event benefited SNKCR, the world’s longest charitable cycling event on behalf of childhood cancer. For more information, visit www.searsnationalkidscancerride.com/homepage.html.

Femm Launches Shoe Accessories
Mississauga-based jewellery design team Femm recently launched a line of jewellery for shoes. The accessory pieces were created to embellish all styles of footwear—flats, sandals, stilettos and wedges. “The best part is that you can keep the shoe jewellery in your handbag and change your shoe appearance in just a minute in case you are faced with an unexpected night out, or an after-work party,” says a company representative. Prices range from $159 for fashion models in black, silver/pink and silver/blue, to $299 for the couture model in gold and crystal. All models are made from Swarovski crystals and 14k gold-plated or silver-plated metal. Femm's shoe jewellery models are available online at www.femm.ca.

Advisory On Androgyny
The recently established Style Advisory Council (SAC) paid homage to iconic androgynous style at the Textile Museum of Canada on June 4. The night featured a panel discussion on the topic of Androgyny in Fashion & Textiles with fashion journalist David Livingstone, fashion designer Mikhael Kale and novelist Derek McCormack, and moderated by Patricia Bentley, the museum’s senior curator. The intimate gathering of 75 guests were encouraged to dress androgynously and were treated to culinary treats from Food Network and Nyood chef Roger Mooking, as well as a showing of androgyny-inspired pieces from a select group of Canada's top fashion labels: Andy-Thê-Anh, Bustle, Beckermans, Joeffer Caoc, Pink Tartan and Greta Constantine. For more information, visit www.textilemuseum.ca.

Fritz Helder & The Phantoms Go Platinum For Fashion Cares
On May 22, Toronto-based Fritz Helder & The Phantoms celebrated their signing to Nelly Furtado’s new record label, Nelstar, and the release of their upcoming CD, Greatest Hits: Platinum Edition, by combining forces with 10 of Canada’s fashion elite for a special project to help raise funds for ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto). Merging their love for music, art and fashion, FH&TP collaborated with designers Greta Constantine, Jeremy Laing, Nada, Oligarchy, Pink Cobra, Evan Biddell, Label, Franke for Chasse Gardée, Jaime Galindo and HOI BO to create special edition, one-of-a-kind Fritz Helder & The Phantoms concert merchandise that will be sold online at www.fritzhelder.com. The event at the Red Bull Gallery, appropriately named Platinum (LIVE), brought out some of Canada’s most recognizable faces including K-OS, Ivana Santilli and, of course, the host of the evening Nelly Furtado. Select merchandise was auctioned at the event with proceeds benefiting Fashion Cares. For more information, visit http://fritzhelder.com.

Hamish Kippen’s Work Lives On
The talented and promising photographer Hamish Kippen, who passed away suddenly last October, will always be remembered fondly to those who knew him. Those who never had the opportunity to meet him or to view his work will have that chance with a special gallery exhibit celebrating his photography. The exhibit, curated by Hamish’s family and friends, will run from October 1 to 31, 2009, at The Great Hall at 1087 Queen St. W. in Toronto. A book featuring his work will be published by his family and friends this fall and launched during the exhibition. For more information, visit www.hamishkippen.com.

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12. Upcoming Events

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

June 15, 2009
TFI Members Meeting
Toronto Fashion Incubator, 285 Manitoba Drive, Pod 3, Exhibition Place, Toronto. 5:30pm Networking & refreshments, 6:00 - 7:00pm Meeting. Hosted by TFI blogger Carolyn Rohaly, TFI monthly meetings help members connect, share ideas and gain advice from peers. Please register online through TFI Shop and be automatically entered in a draw to win a FABULOUS DOOR PRIZE valued at approximately $50 retail.

June 16 & 23, 2009
A Passion For Fashion—Orientation Session
TFI, 285 Manitoba Dr., Toronto. Sign up for one of these FREE sessions to learn more about entrepreneurship and fashion design. Targeted to youth aged 18 to 29 living in Ontario, who are not professional designers, A Passion for Fashion participants will receive workshops on starting a business, fashion design and marketing, one-on-one mentorship and a chance to enter the Fashionista’s Den Competition where one lucky youth will win $1,000 cash, a one-year Outreach membership to TFI and 50 hours of business advisory and fashion mentorship. Interested? Visit www.yes.on.ca for eligibility, program information and additional orientation dates and locations. To register for the June 16 and 23 sessions at TFI, contact YES at Gabrielle_zilkha@yes.on.ca or 416.504.5516 ext. 233.

June 17, 2009
Curator’s Tour: The Cutting Edge
6:30pm, Textile Museum of Canada , 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto. Join Patricia Bentley in the galleries for a tour of The Cutting Edge. The Cutting Edge focuses on the shape of a garment, and what it signifies. The exhibition features garments from the Textile Museum of Canada’s collection in conversation with contemporary objects that range from the haute couture of Issey Miyake and Yoshiki Hishinuma, to the fashion designs of Rashmi Varma and Yumi Eto, and the work of artists Lyn Carter and Lily Yung. Free with Admission. www.textilemuseum.ca

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

June 18, 2009
Going Green
Doors open at 5:30pm for coffee & networking, 6- 7:30pm presentation, Metro Hall, 55 John St., Toronto. Register for the Going Green seminar and be automatically entered in a DRAW to WIN TFI's NEW guidebook, Fashioning Sustainability: TFI's Guide to Going Green. Hot off the press, this informative publication will assist new and emerging fashion entrepreneurs to understand and adopt green technologies and practices that can help increase sales and market opportunities. The guidebook includes an extensive Resource Index listing green suppliers to the fashion industry. Guests attending the seminar on June 18th will also receive an EXCLUSIVE COUPON* BONUS OFFER from SYKA Textiles, Canadian supplier of beautiful, eco-conscious fabrics.TFI's Going Green Seminar. Register today at TFI Shop. Cost $35 + GST for TFI members; $60 + GST for non-members. *For coupon terms & conditions, please visit www.fashionincubator.com/happenings

June 24, 2009
Film Screening: 24 Stitches Per Second
6:30pm Textile Museum of Canada , 55 Centre Ave., Toronto. Frames move through a film projector at a rate of twenty-four per second. See the handiwork and labour of textile art translated into film in this program of short films curated by Allyson Mitchell. Advance tickets may be purchased in person at the TMC’s front desk. Please arrive early, seating is limited. TMC members $10, non-members $12, full-time students Pay-What-You-Can. www.textilemuseum.ca

June 25, 2009
FASHION TAKES ACTION presents: Eco Garb Workshop
8:30am to 12:30pm, light breakfast, coffee and juice will be provided. Centre for Social Innovation, Alterna Suite, 215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto. Many clothing retailers are offering eco-products in response to consumer demand for green but it’s not always clear why or if products are eco-friendly. This unique half-day workshop will be led by sustainability consultant Lorraine Smith. Cost: $65 for FTA members, $125 for non-members. GST is not included.

July 7, 2009
Promostyl Trend Forecast Fall/ Winter 2010
Metro Hall, 55 John St., Toronto. Discover the colours, silhouettes and design influences for fall/winter 2010 from Paris-based trend-forecasting agency Promostyl. This seminar would be beneficial for womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and accessory designers, as well as for those in retail. Doors open 6pm, presentation 6:30 - 8pm. This seminar is exclusive only to TFI members. Cost: $35 + GST. TFI Members, for tickets, please click here. Sponsored by the City of Toronto.

July 15 – 16, 2009
Premiere Vision New York
Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building, 125/135 West 18th St., New York. Textile workshop from Premiere Vision exhibitors featuring the latest trends and fabrics for sportswear, menswear and womenswear. Showing fabrics for the spring/summer 2010 season. Also featured are Premiere Vision’s signature Trends conference and Color Card. Open 9am - 6:30pm (closes at 5pm on Friday). For more information call 203.698.7460, fax 203.698.7471, email pvpreviewny@franceligne.com, or visit www.premierevision-newyork.com.

July 16 – 18, 2009
Madrid International Fashion Week
Madrid. Designer collections from Spain. For more information, call 34.91.722.30.00, email toronto@mcx.es, or visit www.semanamoda.ifema.es.

July 17 – 20, 2009
California Gift Show
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles. Over 30,000 buyers from 50 states and 39 countries attend this trade show. Vendors from home,boutique, fashion accessories, gifts, handmade items, jewellery and more. For more information, call 800.272.SHOW, email liz_nystrom@glmshows.com, or visit www.californiagiftshow.com.

August 2 – 4, 2009
Fashion Market Northern California
San Mateo Exhibition Center, San Francisco. Clothing, jewellery and accessories fashion market. For more information, call 800.536.4422, email info@fashionmarketnorcal.com, or visit www.fashionsanfrancisco.com.

August 2 – 4, 2009
Pure London
Olympia, London. Fashion trade show featuring womenswear and fashion accessories. For more information call 44.207.8123713 or visit www.purewomenswear.co.uk.

August 31 – September 2, 2009
Las Vegas. Eco-friendly trade show. A total eco experience, from a juried and progressive collection of eco-minded apparel and products, to seminars, fashion shows, luxe lounges and a resource gallery. For more information, visit www.magiconline.com.

August 31 – September 2, 2009
POOL Trade Show
Central Hall, LVCC, Las Vegas. Showcasing new designers and established brands, POOL includes menswear, womenswear, shoes, books, home, art and music. For more information, call 323.666.5587 or email pool@pooltradeshow.com, registration@pooltradeshow.com, exhibitors@pooltradeshow.com, or visit www.pooltradeshow.com.

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