TORONTO FASHION.... Behind the Clothes... Revealing the Cluster..
The Toronto Fashion Cluster ! THE FIGURES! !@#$%^&* There are 550 Apparel and Manufactures in the G.T.A a The Fashion cluster makes over $9 Billion in sales annually 16% of Canada’s total revenue comes from the G.T.A cluster s fashion and apparel industry Over 4,600 retail stores in Toronto The Toronto cluster employs over 50,000 people
Facts .. The Canadian apparel makers are superior to the U.S. Apparel makers regarding responsiveness and small-batch production. By : Sunny Choi ... Designer lines that started in Toronto: Lida Baday, Brian Bailey, Joeffer Caoc, David Dixon, Arthur Mendonça, Franco Mirabelli, Pink Tartan, and Sunny Choi
Who is Involved? Retailers: Bata, Harry Rosen, Holt Renfrew, Hudson's Bay Company, Reitmans, Roots. Manufactures: Danier Leather, Dominion Hosiery, Macmor, McGregor, Phantom, Vikeda, Weston Apparel, Wing Son Garments. Media: Citytv's hit Fashion Television and Fashion Television Channel; CBC's Fashion File; Magazines : Elle Canada, Fashion, Fashion Quarterly, Flare and The Look.
Fashion Education.. Fashion Schools: -COLLEGES – FASHION ARTS DESIGN AND PRODUCTION- 3 year Program FASHION TECHNIQUES AND DESIGN- focuses on technical skills
RYERSON (FCAD) Fashion , Communication and Design One of the biggest schools dedicated to Fashion Leading educator of design professionals Through international initiatives, exchange agreements and membership in the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI), it is one of the top fashion undergraduate schools worldwide. Fall 2010, Ryerson will introduce an innovative program leading to a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Fashion. This program will be the first of its kind offered in Canada.
The Industry ... www.Fashionincubator.com (TFI: the Fashion Incubator) with shared production facilities, studio rentals, office assistance, seminars and promotional opportunities, helps fashion entrepreneurs develop their creative and business skills.
EVENTS.. L’OREAL FASHION WEEK 2010 March 28 – April 1st This year the spring/summer fashion shows were supported by LG and featured many designers.
INNOVATION.. With new technology and work methods this affects Manufacturing efficiencies and competitiveness. ( Faster machines, new fabrics )
Media + Fashion Blog about it ... The new way to receive information about upcoming Trends and events is through blogs The world , not only the GTA cluster has been able to benefit through this free source of Media. Blogging is not just a hobby, its a Career