I’m pumped that Fashion Week is around the corner here in Toronto, but there’s something else I’m stoked about: Startup Fashion Week. At SFW, all eyes are on entrepreneurs, startup companies, bloggers, and many more who are starting out in the fashion industry. And it’s not all about the runways; SFW will be showcasing industry leaders and prominent figures in the fields of fashion, business and technology. Besides showcasing talent, the event will also educate aspiring entrepreneurs.
What and Who to Expect:
At the second annual Startup Fashion Week, you can expect lots of exciting things in the works. Here is the breakdown:
October 5: Media Launch/Opening Party. Lots of connections to be made. You don’t want to miss this! 6:30pm-11:30pm. Location: Nest (423 College Street).
October 6: Business of Fashion Conference. 8:30am-5:30pm. Are you launching a business, have started a business or are a professional in the Fashion/Fashion-Tech Industry? If you are any of the three, then this conference is where you’ll want to be. Note that this is the ONLY Business of Fashion in CANADA, so get ready to meet some of the best in the field. Hosted by PR/Communications Expert Megan Vickell of Megan Vickell Public Relations, Industry leaders/attendees include Brands for Canada, Pastel Dress Party, She Native, #Fabrikite, Daniel Christian Tang, Aird & Berlis LLP, The Vane, smak, Futurpreneur Canada (also a sponsor), Canada Post, and NARCES; keynote by Linda Lundstrom. Location: BrightLane Inc. (545 King Street West)
October 7: Fashion Career Forum 6:30pm-10:30pm. Hosted by social media guru Elle Bulger of McGregor Socks. With 7 fashion professionals sharing their career journey, oh you know there are secrets and tips to be spilled! Location: Aird &Berlis LLP (181 Bay Street, Suite 1800, Brookfield Place).
October 8: Fashion Tech Forum. Hosted by Tom Emrich of We Are Wearables, five fashion and tech startups will take the podium to share their entrepreneurial story: Ezzy Lynn, POUT, Daniel Christian Tang, Northern Lineage, and BioSensive Technology. 6:30pm-10:30pm. Location: Telus (25 York Street, third floor)
October 9: Future Fashion Runway Showcase/Closing Party. Runways will feature collections from Amanda Maria, She Native, Maison CYMA, Wear Your Label, Pepper Couture, Ear-O-Smart, MUSE, DCT, and TELUS. 7pm-11pm. Location: Telus (25 York Street, third floor)
Lots to be shared, learned, and inspired! See you there! Stay tuned for my coverage of The Business of Fashion Conference and an exclusive interview with Daniel Christian Tang’s Managing Director and Designer, Mario Lavorato. We’ll be chatting about 3D jewellery, the future of wearable tech and Mario’s favorite place to brunch in the 6ix!
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