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#CAFALoves | GOGO Sweaters

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Worn by women across North America and Japan, GOGO Sweaters are handmade, statement pieces designed by South Godfrey.

Born and raised in Banff, Alberta, South was heavily influenced by the glamour and fashion of skiwear during the 1980’s.  From an early age, she was surrounded by stylish clothing sold by her parents in their high end activewear boutiques. Well-versed in fashion, her mother would scout luxury brands from Saint Moritz, Italy, and the United States.

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In 1979, South’s mother founded GOGO Sweaters. The brand was originally conceptualized to make whimsical hand knit sweaters for adults. While the designs had a noticeably Canadian vibe, they also tapped into a contemporary fashion aesthetic.

In 2011, South moved to Toronto to pursue her dream of design and entrepreneurship, solidifying the GOGO brand and establishing a showroom.  All GOGO Sweaters are now hand crafted in the GTA. South notes that finding an industry with local manufacturing has been a definite asset to GOGO’s growth.

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GOGO Sweaters are versatile, feminine, and fun. They are incredibly easy to wear, and definitely not the sweaters your grandmother knit for you.

To learn more about GOGO Sweaters, visit the brand’s website, and follow their social pages below.

Instagram: @gogosweaters

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Soon You’ll Be Able to Buy Beaufille on Net-a-Porter! | Flare Magazine


CAFA Winner Beaufille to retail at international online retailer Net-A-Porter:

In yet another Canadian label-makes-it-big story, the art house-minimalist line Beaufille—brainchild of Toronto-based designer sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon—will soon be available on luxury e-tailer Net-a-Porter

Listen, it’s all well and great when a big time celeb steps out wearing a small time designer, but in the end, a freebie loan doesn’t feed mouths—until it does. For Canadian sisters Parris and Chloé Gordon of Beaufille, the momentum has been building for a while now. Last November, Lady Gaga wore a maroon, flare-legged suede suit by the label, and next thing we knew Selena Gomez appeared in one of their LBDs for a Victoria’s Secret video.

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OPEN CALL | The Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation is Now Accepting Applications

The Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation is looking for their next group of fashion-inspired businesses until July 28th, 2016, 4 PM EST.

Working closely with Ryerson University‘s Fashion Zone, the Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation will incubate, develop and support Canada’s fashion-inspired businesses. Participating companies and individuals will hone their business models and skills through structured mentorship with the Joe Fresh and Ryerson teams as well as Canadian business and fashion leaders.

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Joe Fresh has maintained a far-reaching commitment to the future of the Canadian fashion industry, including education and support of new business and design talent. The goal of the Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation is to foster a 360-degree approach to mentorship that will best position young entrepreneurs for real world success. The centre will encompass Canadian startups in all fashion-related fields, including design, production, technology and professional services. Continue reading OPEN CALL | The Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation is Now Accepting Applications


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Meet the Canadian Designer Who Just Took Home the LVMH Special Prize | FASHION Magazine

LONGREADS_VejasVejas is the youngest label ever to be considered for the LVMH. Fellow finalist Facetasm has been in business for almost 10 years and has a flagship in Tokyo; Y/Project is one of the hottest tickets at Paris Fashion Week right now; and Matthew Williams of Alyx is Kanye West’s former creative director and shot with Nick Knight for his fall ’15 lookbook.

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Green is the new black: Fashion Takes Action runway show highlights sustainable fashion | CBC News

sustainable-fashionThe Fashion Takes Action show aimed to challenge negative stereotypes around eco-fashion, which often evokes images of hippies or notions of poor quality. The event featured 10 Canadian labels that have embraced ethical practices and included a diversity of designs, from high-end couture ball gowns to recycled cotton dresses. 

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Shop Talk: Jenny Bird on her jewellery line making waves worldwide | Post City Magazines

76ced1a7cc9bca4406b59f66d7696a54Toronto’s own Jenny Bird stumbled upon her love of jewellery-making when she was designing her first collection of handbags. Her pieces are edgy, modern and widely popular. Apart from her T.O. headquarters, she has showrooms across the U.S. and in Paris. Locally, Jenny Bird pieces can be found in boutiques such as Joshua David, GotStyle and Zane.

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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Wears Beaufille On The Cover Of Châtelaine | Huffington Post

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 6.51.51 PMSophie Grégoire Trudeau has landed yet another cover of Chatelaine magazine, and this time, she’s looking cooler and more edgy than ever. Sophie recently made headlines for “stealing the show” at the Press Gallery Dinner on June 4.  At the annual event, which hosts journalists who cover Parliament, and politicians and government officials, Trudeau cheekily asked his wife what she was wearing, to which she replied, “I’m wearing Canadian. All Canadian.”

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UV-blocking fashions from Canadian entrepreneur | The Globe and Mail

challenge-uvcouture00sr5When Heather Tate McCartney discovered her father had been diagnosed with melanoma, she started swimming in T-shirts and wrapping herself in towels to block the harmful rays of the sun. The look wasn’t exactly pretty, let alone effective. So she started her own company, UV Couture, which makes clothes that block UV rays.

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CAFA 2015 Nominee Malorie Urbanovitch Launches New E-Commerce Website

Edmonton designer, and previous CAFA Nominee, Malorie Urbanovitch has launched a new website featuring an online shop that ships internationally.


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BoF’s editor-at-large Tim Blanks was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy of Art University | BoF

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Tim’s Take has been heavily inspired by Tim’s previous work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s weekly television show Fashion File, which first taught me about fashion in the 1990s, watching him pick apart the creative processes of fashion’s most talented designers and place them into a wider cultural context.

Last week, Tim was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Academy of Art University in California, recognising his extraordinary contribution to our industry. Above all else, Tim’s success is grounded in the deep relationships he has built and maintained over the course of his career.

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Le Château adapting in competitive world, founder says | Toronto Star



The Canadian retail landscape is constantly changing, and Le Château’s founder says success depends on adapting to meet customers’ wants.

“There is a change in consumers’ habits especially in the new tech age, where people aren’t shopping in the mall. They are removed,” Herschel Segal said in an interview just before speaking to young entrepreneurs at Futurpreneur Canada’s conference on Tuesday.

“They’re not as interested in clothing as they were in 1960s and 1970s, or even the 1980s and 1990s,” he said. “They are spending on other things like travel and food.”

And the clothing business is crowded with so many competitors – including many that are also struggling or closing altogether in recent years such as Laura, Mexx, Danier Leather, Smart Set and Jacob.

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‘The Sophie Effect’: Gregoire Trudeau putting Canada’s fashion industry on the map | National Post

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When Sophie Grégoire Trudeau joined Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and First Lady Akie Abe at a cocktail event in Kashikojima, Japan, on Thursday, her metallic gold shoes made quite an impression. Within hours, the Canadian-designed heels had a lengthy pre-order list.

“We have a growing waitlist. I won’t give you the number, but it’s significant enough that I’m smiling,” said Elle AyoubZadeh, owner of the Toronto shoe line Zvelle.

“Sophie is Canada’s style icon.”

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Canadian Retailer Hudson’s Bay to Open Stores in Netherlands | BoF

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Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay Company says it plans to open up to 20 new stores in the Netherlands over the next two years, creating thousands of new jobs in a nation recently hit by the closure of a major chain of stores.

Hudson’s Bay announced the expansion Tuesday, saying it will open both Hudson’s Bay and Saks Off 5th stores.

The Toronto-headquartered company says its move should create some 2,500 jobs in the stores and a further 2,500 for construction workers and involve capital investment of some €300 million ($340 million).

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Canada Goose to open its first retail stores in Toronto and NYC | CBC News

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Iconic Canadian brand Canada Goose, known for its popular luxury outerwear, said Thursday it plans to open its first retail stores this autumn.

The company said it will open its flagship outlets in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre in October, and in Soho in Manhattan in November. Both stores will be about 4,000 square feet in size.

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