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EcoSessions : Make it Here
October 18, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 pm
When IMG announced it would no longer produce Toronto Fashion Week, the industry mourned. The landscape is shifting and fashion weeks are just one element that need a revisit. Not to be deterred, this EcoSessions will gather local industry leaders to discuss, (a la Frank Sinatra) if we can make it here, can we make it anywhere? Join us on Tuesday, October 18 to hear from: Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks (Peggy Sue Collection), Kathy Cheng (WS & Company), Syd Beder (Roots Canada) and Julia Grieve (Preloved). Moderated by Kate Black (Magnifeco.com).
7:00 - doors open
7:15-8:30 - Panel Discussion between Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks (Peggy Sue Collection), Kathy Cheng (WS & Company), Syd Beder (Roots Canada) and Julia Grieve (Preloved). Moderated by Kate Black (Magnifeco.com).
8:30-9:00 - Conversation and networking
Syd Beder, Senior Design Director, Roots Canada. Canada's leading athletic lifestyle brand and specialty apparel retailer. Roots owns and operates approx 120 stores in North America. With over 100 additional stores located in China and Taiwan, Roots is truly a global success story. Roots is known around the world for its high quality leather goods that are made in Toronto, Canada in addition to its extensive clothing line for men, women, kids and babies. Roots was started in 1973 and has achieved international acclaim for its efforts outfitting the US, Canadian and British Olympic teams.
Kathy Cheng, President, WS & Co. and Founder, Redwood Classics. Now in their third generation of making locally produced, handcrafted apparel for the promotional and retail market, WS & Co./Redwood Classics have strived to provide customers with the highest level of quality. In addition to producing past Olympic apparel programs for major Canadian retailers, their designer apparel can be found at upscale, internationally renowned department stores as well as in resorts, universities and corporate identity programs. With a growing presence in Japan and Europe, they have devoted ourselves to combating offshore competition, putting Canada on the map as a leading destination for premium apparel manufacturing. As a full-service provider, WS & Co. have vertically integrated every aspect of the production process. From the fabric, to cutting, sewing, private labeling, dyeing, washing, embroidery, screen printing, packing and shipping, the entire process combines traditional, handcrafted practices with state-of-the-art technology and computerization. By acting locally, they have fought to support the artisans and workforce that have kept Canada on the international manufacturing stage.
Julia Grieve, Founder and Creative DIrector, Preloved. Preloved is a brand that would never be described as conventional. Its hallmark is reclaimed vintage fabrics expertly combined new luxe accents to create one-of-a-kind clothing, all manufactured and designed with love in Canada, Preloved’s designs capture colour and patterns to evoke a gorgeous life! They honour design by paying attention to detail, mastering sophistication but also welcoming a certain flare. Devotees of Preloved include models, actors and musicians such as Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Angela Lindvall, Hilary Duff, Anne Hathaway, Christine Horne, Kate Hudson and Daria Werbowy.
Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks, Founder Peggy Sue Collection. Peggy Sue Collection only uses North American fiber, milling and manufacturing. All garments and their trim are traceable, down to the hand-made wooden buttons. All protein fibre fabrics and yarns are purchased first as raw fleeces from local farms and then milled into collection specific constructions exclusively for their garments. All plant fiber fabrics are purchased from the Texas Organic Cotton Co-op and plant fiber yarns are hand-woven locally into beautiful artisanal textiles. They strive to bring the very best North America has to offer by forming personal relationships with farmers, mills, weavers, knitters, shearers, guilds, and tanneries. All clothing is designed to accentuate the high-points of the North American Fiber Industry and built to sustain lifetimes of wear. They believe in knowledge of the process, quality construction, craft, and a beauty that runs deeper than a silhouette. Peggy Sue Collection garments have integrity, just like their wearers.
Kate Black: Founder EcoSessions and Magnifeco. Recognized as an expert in ethical fashion and sustainable living, Kate Black is the founder of Magnifeco.com (launched ’09) and author of ‘Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-Toxic Beauty’ (published '15), which has been featured in The Guardian, Vogue Italia, Metro, NOW Magazine and more. Kate is also the founder of EcoSessions, the global event series connecting industry, designers and citizens to discuss change. Fashioned to provide learning, engagement and networking, EcoSessions are an opportunity for industry and the design communities to forge relationships and hatch collaborations and for citizens to engage directly with their favorite brands. She is highly in demand as a speaker and consults with brands on elevating their Ethical IQ.