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WINTER 2015 ISSUE

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WINTER 2015 EDITION
Volume 23, Issue 7


1. Nina Budman Remembered
2. Greta Constantine To Debut At Paris Fashion Week
3. Scene & Heard
4. Top Picks
5. Fashion Calendar
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1. Nina Budman Remembered
On December 12, 2015, long-time fashion supporter Nina Budman passed away after a long battle with cancer. For more than 25 years, Nina ran BudmanPR, a full-service public relations agency whose clients have included Vidal Sassoon and the International Council of Shopping Centers among others. Nina was passionate about supporting and promoting up-and-comers within the industry. She was an advisor to the Toronto Fashion Incubator and Ryerson School of Fashion, a former board member for the Design Exchange, and an active member of Fashion Group International of Toronto, having served as regional director and nominating chair for several years.

“Toronto’s fashion industry has lost one of its most avid supporters,” said Susan Langdon, TFI’s executive director. “She volunteered for so many organizations because she cared and wanted to make a difference. She was taken too soon and will be dearly missed.” Donations to the Nina Budman Ungerman Memorial Fund can be sent to: c/o The Benjamin Foundation 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2C3 T: 416-780-0324.

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2. Greta Constantine To Debut At Paris Fashion Week
Toronto women’s ready-to-wear brand Greta Constantine is debuting its fall/winter 2016 collection at Paris Fashion Week this spring. Designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, sometimes known as “the jersey boys”, said they received a formal invitation to show from the Fédération Française de la Couture Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode (FFC). They have shown in Paris for two consecutive seasons already, but this is the first time they will be formally included on the calendar – a fitting way to launch Greta Constantine’s 10th anniversary in business.

The presentation will take place at the Salon Pompadour in the prestigious Hotel Le Meurice on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Photo: National Post

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3. Scene & Heard

TiEQuest Competition
Entrepreneurs from Canada and the U.S. can apply to win up to $100,000 in prizes in TiEQuest, an annual business venture competition for start-ups. TiEQuest contestants have gone on to raise Angel & Venture Capital financing worth over $40 million, grown their businesses significantly and have been acquired by leading international organizations. For more information, visit http://tietoronto.org/competition/.

Rethinking Fashion Week
December saw a host of fashion week announcements. Tom Ford cancelled his runway show this season and is opting for more intimate press and buyer presentations in New York, he told WWD. In London, British brand Hunter is doing the same and rising star Thomas Tait is also taking a catwalk break. Rebecca Minkoff says she’ll be showing her spring 2016 collection (again) this February in New York. WWD reported that up to half the guest list will consist of retailers and their best customers. Designers have been tweaking the fashion week format for the past several years – livestreaming, making movies, offering invitations to more and more consumers. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has contracted the Boston Consulting Group to study the future of fashion week. Nothing will happen until at least September 2016. Ironically, they may go back to the fashion shows’ roots as a consumer, not industry, affair.

Flare Goes Digital
Starting in January 2016, you won’t find Flare on the newsstands. The Canadian fashion magazine is going digital. Over the past three years, Flare’s digital circulation has grown to represent almost one-third of its circulation, while its single copy sales have fallen to less than 3% of its circulation, according to an article in the Globe and Mail. Print subscriptions, however, will continue.

Lowon Pope Ends An Era
After 20 years in business, Lana Lowon and Jim Pope, designers behind the beautiful Lowon Pope bias-cut bridal gowns and owners of the Lowon Pope boutique in Toronto, are retiring and closing shop. A liquidation sale of fabrics and notions is underway. For details, call 416-504-8150.

Riant Boutique Re-Opens
Only four years after it first opened, Riant boutique re-designed its interior, re-freshed and re-opened its doors on 35 Bathurst St. Among its ready-to-wear and accessories staples like Mackage and Alice and Olivia, it’s added a selection of other top brands, including Derek Lam, IRO, Tamara Mellon, and Mr. & Mrs. Italy.

Roots Sold
Iconic Canadian fashion brand Roots has sold a majority stake of the company to Searchlight Capital Partners L.P., a private investment firm based in Toronto, London and New York. Searchlight has investments in a number of brands including Hunter Boot Ltd. and M&M Meat Shops. According to Roots’ website, co-founders Don Green and Michael Budman, as well as their wives, will remain “substantial shareholders” in the business, however, specific numbers weren’t disclosed. The Canadian leathergoods factory, head office and distribution centre will remain open in Toronto. Budman and Green began the company in 1973 with a store selling the negative-heel shoe. Over 40 years, it has grown to include over 200 stores in Canada, the U.S. and Asia.

HBC Q3 Sales Jump
Hudson’s Bay Company’s third-quarter sales jumped 34%, driven by higher same store sales in North America, Europe and strong online sales, however, the company has lowered its sales forecast for 2016, citing the impact of terrorism, according to WGSN. HBC has also been in talks to buy online retailer Gilt.com, but by press time the sale had not been confirmed.

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4. Top Picks
http://bit.ly/1Ptfztf
Price point definitions: Are you Better, Bridge or Contemporary? Find out here

http://www.clothingcanadafashion.com
Blog about current Canadian fashion and Canadian fashion history

http://bit.ly/1OhO3Qi
Fall/winter 2016 textile trends from Premiere Vision

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5. Fashion Calendar

TFI ADMIN CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Toronto
December 24 - January 1, 2016
TFI's admin & events office will be closed for the holidays. See you January 2nd in the New Year!

ACCESSORIE CIRCUIT
New York
January 10 - 12, 2016
CIRCUIT is a comprehensive women’s accessory and footwear trade show

FAME TRADE SHOW
New York
January 10 -12, 2016
Trade show featuring junior and young contemporary lines

PREMIERE VISION NEW YORK
New York City
January 19 - 20, 2016
The world’s biggest textile fair comes to North America

PARIS HAUTE COUTURE
Paris
January 24 - 29, 2016
Haute Couture spring 2016 collections

PROJECT NEW YORK
New York
January 24 - 26, 2016
PROJECT New York showcases the best brands in the contemporary and denim market

MODE ACCESSORIES TRADE SHOW
Toronto
January 31 - February 2, 2016
Canada's only trade show devoted to women's fashion accessories, casual apparel and fashion items

TRANOI FEMME & ACCESSORIES
Paris
February 4 - 7, 2016
"The world's most important accessory tradeshow," as quoted by buyers of The Room in Toronto

TFIPBB APPLICATION DEADLINE
Toronto
February 8, 2016
Today at noon is your last chance to register for TFI's FW16 Press & Buyers Tradeshow at WMCFW

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
New York
February 11 - 18, 2016
Designer RTW shows for FW16

PREMIERE VISION PARIS
Paris
February 16 - 18, 2016
A textile trade show for the fashion and interior design industries

LONDON FASHION WEEK
London
February 19 - 23, 2016
Fall 2016 designer collections and fashion shows

COTERIE
New York
February 22 - 24, 2016
America's leading apparel trade show for women's bridge, young designer and designer labels and accessories

MILAN FASHION WEEK
Milan
February 24 - March 1, 2016
Fall 2016 designer collections

PARIS FASHION WEEK
Paris
March 2 - 9, 2016
Fall 2016 designer collections

WORLD MASTERCARD FASHION WEEK
Toronto
March 14 - 18, 2016
Fall 2016 designer collections from Canada's best talents

TFI PRESS & BUYERS TRADESHOW
Toronto
March 16 - 17, 2016
Registration is NOW open to apply to showcase your FW16 line

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