Toronto Fashion Cluster Slide PresentationPresentation Transcript
A study shows that Toronto is 12.1% more cost-efficient than U.S. cities. Also, with a favourable exchange rate, this ensures lower labour, product, and infrastructure costs
Ryerson University, Seneca College, George Brown and Humber College all offer post-secondary programs in areas such as fashion design, production, marketing and management
Toronto also holds a semi-annual event called the Toronto Fashion Week , which showcases many Canadian designers collections.
There are over 4,600 fashion retail stores in Toronto that accounts for more than $2.6 billion annual revenues. This has attracted many high-end retailers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Gucci, and Prada
The fashion & apparel cluster in Toronto employees more than 50,000 people and half of them are in manufacturing
There are more than 550 apparel manufacturers whose wholesale shipments total nearly $1.4 billion yearly or 16% of the $9 billion Canadian market
Buyers from around the world recognize the value of Toronto designs. Lida Baday, Brian Bailey and Franco Mirabelli are just a few examples whose brands are carried alongside top international lines at prestigiuos retailers such as Bergdorf-Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Companies like Danier Leather, Roots, Holt Renfrew and Hudson’s Bay Company have all made a name for themselves internationally. Which raises international interest about other Canadian retailers and manufacturers.
Retailers: Bata, Harry Rosen, Holt Renfrew, Hudson’s Bay Company, Reitmans, Roots.
The Fashion Industry Liaison Committee (FILC) The FILC was established in recognition of the importance of Toronto’s fashion industry. It includes volunteer representatives from manufacturing, design, education, wholesale, retail and labour. It focuses on key issues and needs and advocates for the fashion/apparel industry and provides valuable information and advice to City Council. They are known as Toronto Fashion/Apparel industries “voice” at City Hall.
The Apparel Industry Development Council (AIDC) It is a not-for-profit council, and it develops training programs to enhance and diversify the skills of garment-industry workers to meet the needs of Ontario employers. The AIDC offers technical traning such as machine mechanics, stitch construction and quality control as well as management workshops in product costing and international sourcing.
The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) The TFI is an innovative, non-profit, small businesses centre dedicated to supporting and nurturing new fashion entrepreneurs by providing them with variety of opportunities to showcase their talents. They play a vital role in the growth and promotion of Canadian fashion designers, and helps develop the creative and professional capacity these designers need to thrive and survive in the world of fashion.
Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) It was first established in 1999, as a non-profit organization that focuses its energy on high-quality events, publicity and membership. Aside from the L’Oreal Fashion Week, it takes part in global events to enchance the knowledge and awareness of the Canadian fashion design industry. They FDCC helps promote the diverse fabric of Canadian fashion design talent, it links buyers with designers, media with buzz and business executives with product. And lastly, it produces and event in the elite category of Fashion that includes fashion aficionados from around the world.
Citytv’s Fashion Television and Fashion Television Channel
Toronto Fashion Incubator – New Labels Design competition
The New York cluster is much larger than Toronto’s and employs over 122,000 people while Toronto’s cluster employs nearly 50,000 people.
Regionally, New York City was the most important center of Fashion, Apparel and Textiles employment in New York State, with 79% of employment in the state. New York City employment in the cluster was 97,999 in 2001.
The next largest in cluster employment was Long Island, with 7,049 employees, followed by the Mid-Hudson region, with 4,629 and the Mohawk Valley, with 3,474. Mohawk Valley Fashion employment was 2.26 times greater than would be expected from its population.
Statewide, the Fashion cluster employed 122,000 people in 2001 at 9,618 establishments.
New York City’s Fashion, Apparel and Textiles employment is almost three times as much as would be expected from national level employment patterns. Nearly half of New York City’s employment in the Fashion, Apparel and Textiles employment is in apparel manufacturing. About one third is in apparel wholesaling.
New York City has a concentration of employment in three fashion sub-clusters that is greater than would be expected from its population.
New York City had 47,322 employees in apparel manufacturing in 2001, four times the number that would we would expect to find based on its population
New York City had 31,681 workers in apparel wholesaling, 7.5 times the number that would be expected
New York City had 9,168 workers in the jewelry and miscellaneous goods sub-cluster, more than nine times what would be expected.
Number of manufacturing establishments 1,607
A total of 23,976 are employed in the manufacturing industry
Hong Kong's geographic boundary has never constrained the development of the forward-looking clothing industry.
Hong Kong is not only a leading production centre but also a hub for clothing sourcing globally. Companies doing garment trade in Hong Kong are experienced in fabrics procurement, sales and marketing, quality control, logistic arrangements, clothing designs and international and national rules and regulations.