The 29-year-old, Toronto-based designer Mikhael Kale studied at Central Saint Martins in London. In 2003, Mikhael began working in Milan for labels such as Antonio Marras and Bally, later securing a design position for Exte under both Sergio Ciucci and Alessandro De Benedetti.
In 2007, Kale began his eponymous label Mikhael Kale, and has since been featured in the New York Times Style Magazine, Wallpaper, Dazed and Confused, V Magazine, WWD, Nylon and Surface and has dressed celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Sienna Miller and Beyoncé.
Mikhael Kale is an exploration of the human form; an intense, thoughtful and honest approach to pattern making. The essence and framework of the label rests on the belief that garments, like the body is mortal; they both move and breathe. Garments are created to function as separate breathable entities, an extension of the wearer, and to compliment the architecture of the body, expressing both the fragility and strength of its form.
Luxury ready-to-wear label VAWK is designed and hand crafted in Canada. Founded in 2004 in Toronto, Canada by Sunny Fong, VAWK is balanced by inspirations of modern femininity with classic sensibility while continuing to develop new product categories.
Since inception, VAWK has become synonymous with quality craftsmanship and a design style that is as innovative as it is sophisticated. VAWK designs have been showcased on red carpets worldwide, including the Cannes International Film Festival, the Grammy Awards and the People’s Choice Awards.
Coveted for its signature feminine silhouettes, every garment embodies the masterful tailoring and exquisite hand detailing that has become synonymous with the brand.
Beaufille is a Toronto- based womenswear and accessories brand founded by sisters Chloe and Parris Gordon. Beaufille is a contemporary line that references historical design elements within a modern context to create a sophisticated tough girl aesthetic. The name Beaufille, in English translation, means ‘handsome girl’ and symbolizes the contrast between masculine and feminine elements; the combination of hard and soft. “Beaufille represents every girl who has an eye for sophisticated construction and who appreciates the juxtaposition between old and new,” says Chloe Gordon. “Our collections have been inspired by French culture, art, and history. We wanted a name that plays on our personal style, I myself, tend to prefer feminine touches, while Chloe approaches fashion from a menswear point of view,” says Parris Gordon.
Both Chloe and Parris attended the Nova Scotia College Of Art And Design in Halifax and through exposure to all forms of art, including painting, drawing, filmography, design, photography, textiles, jewelry and fashion, they created a brand that draws on their collective experience. Beaufille combines Parris and Chloe’s love of jewelry and textiles with Parris overseeing jewelry and accessory design, and Chloe concentrating on the brand’s ready-to-wear line.
Celebrating their shared taste for simplicity and soft silhouettes, long-time designer friends John Muscat and Jennifer Wells came together to revolutionize the face of knitwear.
Established in 2000 in Toronto, Line Knitwear remains one of the first knitwear collections to push design possibilities through draping, embellishment and exaggerated details. Following an impressive first season and continuous growth for over a decade, Muscat and Wells design classic investment pieces that are both lavish and comfortable.
With quality knits that combine practicality and style, Line pieces are a timeless staple for the polished, refined woman. From statement sweaters to wrap cardigans and basic layering tanks, Line exudes a sense of femininity and luxury. With the intention of creating what the market was missing, Line’s unique pieces continue to push design boundaries in knitwear.
Featured in publications such as ELLE, Cosmopolitan, LOULOU, InStyle, NYLON and Flare, Line has gained international exposure and a celebrity fan base including Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah, Jennifer Garner, Sandra Bullock, Kristen Bell and Taylor Swift.
Born in Alberta, trained in New York and based in Toronto, designer Sid Neigum holds stockists in New York, L.A., Hong Kong, Seoul and Toronto. Neigum was the recipient of the Toronto Fashion Incubator's New Labels Award in 2012 and in the past year has had the pleasure to dress Azari and III and Boys Noize.
HD stands for Hussein Dhalla, a self-taught designer, born and raised in Toronto. From a young age he developed a flair for fashion and a desire to customize clothing and accessories to fit his own taste; his appreciation for superior fabrics, impeccable craftsmanship and vision for incomparable designs makes him unique.
Dhalla quickly became recognized as a man of style and with the requests for fashion tips and design projects accumulating, leading him to develop his own line, HD Homme.
HD Homme specializes in custom and ready-to-wear men’s clothing, specifically eveningwear. Dhalla’s interest in designing men’s fashion came from his own experience of living the fast life and frequent night outs, in addition to having an evolving VIP clientele who would ask him to customize and create couture quality pieces for diverse occasions – from weddings to red carpets.
HD Homme was created as a line that would distinguish itself as the epitome of sophistication- a line that embodies everything a man should be; strong and classy, a man who appreciates standing out from the crowd but who does so with refinement and etiquette. HD Homme suits have recently been seen at the 2014 Grammys and Golden Globes.
Thomas Bálint is the namesake label of Michael Thomas Bálint, who studied sculpture and at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Founded in 2010 under the name Thomas, the company was restructured in 2013 to include the artists Hungarian Heritage, adopting his Hungarian surname Bálint. The label is based between Toronto and Berlin.
In Fall 2012, Thomas Bálint opened its first brick-and-mortar boutique on Queen St.West in Toronto.
Thomas Bálint looks to the past, modernizing classic styles with innovative design techniques. With an approach steeped deep in Sculpture there are two reasons-to-be for designer Michael Thomas Bálint, to respect the past but to always attempt to create new ideas. It is always in the finer details that such innovations are found and it is the purpose of the designer to constantly imagine new devices to explore.
Laura Siegel is an award-winning fashion designer based in New York and Toronto. Her ethically handcrafted, easy-to-wear textured pieces are designed in collaboration with artisans in Asia and Latin America.
After receiving her formal design education at Parson’s School of Design in New York City and Central Saint Martins in London, Siegel honed her skills in silver-smithing, knitting, natural dyeing, embroidery and accessory design with top industry professionals and skilled artisans. Her work has taken her to all corners of the globe, enabling the young designer to work for and collaborate with international designers such as Megan Park, Life with Bird, Yigal Azrouel, Luca Luca and Arthur Mendonça. Siegel’s travels and insights and unique production methods have shaped her ethically handcrafted collection while enabling artisans in third world countries to preserve their cultures and crafts.
Siegel's easy-to-wear textured pieces are aimed at women looking for comfort in their day-to-day wardrobe while continuing to seek quality and one-of-a-kind designs.
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Malorie Urbanovitch Women's Ready-to-Wear is a high end contemporary Women's line in its 8th Season. With a focus on luxurious and innovative fabrics, quality construction and classic shapes with contemporary twists, Malorie Urbanovitch has quickly caught the eye of Canada’s Fashion elite.
After showing her Spring/ Summer 2013 collection at the Mercedes-Benz Startup competition in 2012, Malorie Urbanovitch Women’s Ready-to-wear was named World Mastercard Fashion Week’s “Top Newcomer” by the Globe and Mail. Malorie has since been featured in Fashion Magazine, Elle Canada, Flare, British Vogue, Clin D’Oeil and Models.com.
In early 2013 Malorie Urbanovitch expanded her production to Italy, manufacturing cozy knitwear in unexpected colors and shapes and has recently launched a line of fine Italian handmade leather Handbags. Malorie since went on to win the 2013 Mercedes Benz Startup competition with her Spring 2014 collection and will be presenting her Fall 2014 Collection at World Mastercard Fashion Week in March.
The Malorie Urbanovitch Spring/ Summer 2014 collection is available nationally at gravitypope.
Matière Noire designer Cécile Raizonville was born in the South of France, graduated with a degree in industrial design and fashion from Felicidad Duce Institute of Barcelona and won the Lupo Award presented by Modafad, the spanish platform for emerging designers, in 2006. She trained at the house of Haute Couture Josep Font in Barcelona, as well at Maxime Simoens in Paris before heading to New York City to work for the eco-friendly brand Bodkin.
In 2012, Raizonville moved to Montreal and launched her own line, Matière Noire. Her curiosity for and interest in other cultures is the core of her brand and aesthetic. After showing her Spring/Summer 2013 collection with the Mercedes-Benz Start Up Finale show at World MasterCard Fashion Week in October 2013, Noire won the coveted Awarded Designer title alongside Malorie Urbanovitch.
Matière Noire is a collaborative project that encourages consciousness, boldness and a curious approach through creative collaboration with Montreal artistic scene. The Matière Noire brand currently produces all of its products in Canada.
Montreal-based designer Mélissa Nepton specializes in modern, ready-to-wear couture that targets the urban career woman. Hers is a vision that reflects both her personality and view of fashion, “For me, fashion is a vigorous expression that impacts women’s lives in a positive way. And in return, women bring to fashion a sense of sensuality, fluidity and femininity. It’s a communication rooted in comfort, practicality and confidence,” says Nepton.
Nepton completed her prep school years at the renowned fashion program at Marie-Victorin College before entering Montreal’s L’École supérieure de mode. Nepton’s talent was already noticed and attracted her teachers support, encouraging her to pursue studies abroad. This called to her sense of adventure, and she set sail for Paris to complete her academic education at L’École Nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris—a formative year where she presented her first runway show.
Founded in 1995, a year after graduating Ryerson University. David Dixon remained true to his vision and focused on what he felt was a gap in the Canadian Fashion Industry – Women’s contemporary evening wear or event dressing. Interpreting the marriage between the classics and the modern, David Dixon’s clothing combines luxury with the functional, and the aspiration with the sensible. All of Dixon’s designs are manufactured in Canada, utilizing the best of imported fabrics sourced through out the globe with the overriding theme of luxury.
Today, David Dixon’s designs are sold across Canada and in select boutiques around the globe. Dixon possesses a modernist openness towards emerging design while rejecting the notion of radical change from one fashion trend to another. His innovative designs have won him a following among the elite communities of film and fashion, including to name a few: Meg Ryan, Meagan Follows, Jeanne Beker, Noot Seear, Linda Evangelista, Coco Rocha, Wendy Crewson, Daria Werbowy, Sarah Polley, Jann Arden, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Allanis Morissette, Kristin Booth, Allana Zimmer, Nelly Furtado, Suzanne Rogers, Catherine O’ Hara, Katie Holmes, Iman, and our honorable Canadian first lady, Mrs. L. Harper.
David Dixon has been featured in such publications as; Vogue, Marie Claire, Town & Country, Elle, Elle Canada, Flare, Fashion, Zink, The Globe and Mail, and WWD to name a few. Dixon has also appeared on such media programming such as Fashion Television, Fashion File, Celebrity Style, MTV, and Project Runway.
Trained in Milan at legendary Istituto Marangoni, Toronto-based Christopher Bates is an intrepid designer achieving a meteoric rise in the fashion industry. His eponymous menswear line is gaining traction with retailers, consumers, media, stylists, and celebrities.
In 2009, Bates was featured as one of the top six leading menswear designers in Canada (Sharp Magazine, September 2009). Since he launched his brand he has been selling in leading Canadian retailers including: Holt Renfrew and Gotstyle Menswear. In 2012, Bates was selected as the only menswear designer in the Mercedes-Benz StartUp Program and was awarded with a sponsored show at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto.
Celebrities who have worn his line include: CBC's Ron MacLean, Howie-D of the Backstreet Boys, bands: Marianas Trench, Walk Off The Earth, and Eleven Past One, actors Kris Higgins, and Charlie Carrick etc...
“I have no doubt at all that that guy is going to make it.” Jeanne Beker on myETVmedia.com
Born-and-raised in Toronto’s Corso Italia with parents immersed in the design community, Matteo Sgaramella was destined to be creative. In early years, Sgaramella channelled his artistic expression through street art in the Toronto graffiti community. His passion for art and design is what led him to study graphic design at OCAD University. Outclass was born in the last year of Sgaramella’s studies as his yearlong thesis project. His passion for garment construction, fabrics, and detail grew as he continued to build the brand after graduating. Today the brand is sold all across Canada, with plans of expansion into Japanese and American markets.
Since opening Klaxon Howl in 2005 owner and designer Matt Robinson has drawn inspiration from the archives of his legendary collection of vintage militaria, workwear, and sportswear of the early to mid 20th century. These important, relevant pieces, books and films are studied and echoed in each design. The entire Klaxon Howl collection is produced by hand, locally and in small batches using construction techniques rarely seen in modern North American manufacturing. Matt works with quality fabrics that lend them selves to each design. Most are woven on looms in Japan and cut and sewn with pride right here in Toronto.
Based in Amsterdam, gsus sindustries started in 1993 by founders Jan Schrijver and Angelique Berkhout.
gsus sindustries’ philosophy is born from its intuitive, free spirited roots. Every gsus product combines craftsmanship and intuition, dreams and logic, precision and free association. By fusing the instinctive with the rational, left brain and right, gsus makes twisted classics. Style that works in harmony but thrives for confrontation.
Kimberley Newport-Mimran is the president and head designer of Pink Tartan, the womenswear line she co-founded in Toronto in 2002. The New York Pink Tartan showroom opened in 2004, and the line is now carried at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Holt Renfrew and The Bay as well as specialty stores across North America, Dubai and Seoul. Newport-Mimran has also designed sleek uniforms for Holt Renfrew, Porter Airlines, 60 Thompson in New York City and Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel Tropicana bar.
Newport-Mimran studied fashion merchandising and manufacturing management eventually moving into a career in the buying office at the Hudson Bay Company, North America’s oldest retailer. Her style philosophy was clear: “simplicity is the secret to elegance.” Newport-Mimran went on to product development and merchandising and specialized in denim and menswear at Club Monaco, where she learned the importance of structure and tailoring. “Execution is key” became her lifelong mantra.
Newport-Mimran later moved to Caban where she further exemplified that sourcing is an art: finding fabric and manufacturing makes the difference in luxury design. There she met and married the CEO, Joe Mimran. Today the pair is viewed as Canadian fashion royalty; Mimran launched the Joe Fresh mass fashion phenomenon after the selling of Club Monaco to Ralph Lauren.
For more than 25 years, Joseph Mimran has been an important contributor to the fashion and design industry in Canada. With his sharp eye, impeccable attention to detail and insight into emerging trends, Mimran has always been on the forefront of what’s next.
As creative director of the Joe Fresh® brand, Mimran is committed to offering women, men and children stylish and versatile looks for every day that are both well-designed and well-priced. He personally oversees the design and development of an extensive clothing range, from chic footwear to the latest in outdoor fashions. In addition to apparel, the Joe Fresh ™ brand recently launched cosmetics and bath collections.
Mimran is intrinsically involved in every step of the Joe Fresh® creative process from product design to marketing, finding the right model for an advertising campaign to selecting a store location and design. As focused as he is on the design process, he also fully understands the business aspect of retail and has led Joe Fresh® to become one of the top brands in Canada, with more than 330+ stores in Canada and into international expansion.
Mimran’s illustrious career began in 1977 within his family’s dress design and manufacturing business. He astutely identified the need for careerwear for women as they entered the work force and this forward-thinking resulted in the development of several successful brands starting with Alfred Sung. Shortly thereafter he founded Club Monaco and later launched Caban.
With his current company, Joseph Mimran & Accessories, he continues to keep his finger on the pulse, providing elegant design, inventive product development and branding expertise for the apparel, home and entertainment divisions of Loblaw Companies Limited. Mimran also currently contributes to the Pink Tartan line of clothing, a luxury sportswear collection designed by his wife Kimberley Newport-Mimran and serves as chair of the Fashion Design Council of Canada. Joseph Mimran, an avid traveler and art collector, lives in Toronto and is the father of four wonderful children.
Created by long time friends Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan, Mackage was created in 2009 in Montreal and born out of daydreams and doodles. From the age of 12, the pair spent their school days sketching designs and planning their future in fashion. After attending LaSalle College in Montreal, Elfassy and Dahan launched what would become one of the most prestigious outerwear brands in North America.
The pair is known for creating collections that balance hard and soft elements together, notable of their individual tastes and personality. The brand continues to evolve, with the introduction of Mackage handbag collections.
The brand’s parent company, APP Group, is an international leader in the outerwear industry.
Jamaican-born and based in Montreal, Rush Couture designer Claudette Floyd grew up watching her mom make beautiful dresses and reading every fashion magazine she could get her hands on. She remembers seeing Yves St-Laurent’s photos of Iman and describes it as a life changing moment.
Rush Couture is a line renowned for flattering the silhouette with structured tailoring, pure flowing lines and magnificent textures.
This season Floyd introduces her signature collection, tapping into her desire to create a medium to high-end line that’s casual chic.
Although she is not one to give into nostalgia, she admits her fondness for styles reminiscent of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. From her very first year at LaSalle College in Montreal, Floyd found a genuine interest in being a designer and an entrepreneur.
Helmer is a Montreal-based brand, created by designer Joseph Helmer. A tailor by trade and training, Helmer is a demanding perfectionist who travelled to Paris after completing his studies at Lasalle College in Montreal. An outstanding technician and plastician, Helmer practiced his art for some of the greatest names in fashion and the performing arts in France, Italy, Japan and Spain. Concurrently he worked on his own creations and completed his training in knits, embroidery, art and textile design.
An alchemist of volumes, Helmer creates fashions free of superfluity, minimalism and fluff. His constant quest for perfection and refinement eventually led him back to Montreal, where he could more effectively devote himself to his art and launch the Helmer line. He put his 20 years of European know-how at the service of Philippe Dubuc and experience crafting costumes for the stage as well aswedding dresses to reflect a daring blend of techniques, styles and materials. Some of his limited-edition creations are available in the great fashion capitals. Helmer…exclusively for the elegant!
Helmer is made-in-Canada, with the collections being developed and produced in Montreal.
Toronto-based designer, founder and creative director of KRANE, Ken Chow debuted his first collection at fashion week in Toronto in 2011 to critical acclaim and was acknowledged by The Globe and Mail as “one of the trailblazers of men's fashion in Canada.” Chow's label KRANE is highly praised for its waxed cotton and leather outerwear and bags. Founded in 2004, KRANE is now available at specialty department stores and up-scale boutiques across Canada, the U.S. and Asia.
Chow graduated from menswear program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York Cityand went on to win an opportunity to show his youthful vision of menswear with GenArt's International design competition. Prior to establishing KRANE, he also landed himself stints at Marc Jacobs and Cloak (cult label founded by Alexandre Plokhov and Robert Geller).
TRIARCHY is the story of two brothers and a sister.
Adam went to Italy and spent years learning the art of denim. Ania became a fashion model and competitive show jumper. Mark, a custom motorcycle designer.
With backgrounds in riding; horses and bikes, we know how important comfort is. We engineer TRIARCHY jeans so that the fit and quality speaks for itself & since we wear our jeans every day they're no good to us if they can’t be taken from day to night without lasting.
We don’t sacrifice quality for profit, something that we feel is very Canadian of us, and it’s the backbone of our brand.
TRIARCHY is about remembering to enjoy the journey of life in comfort and style…one leg at a time.
Toronto-based designer Farley Chatto works locally and rocks globally with superbly detailed, eye-popping fashion. Whether creating costumes for Elton John’s AIDS fundraising concert in the UK, dressing Sex and the City stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth or pimping out Canadian recording artist, rapper, songwriter and actor Drake, 44-year-old Chatto leads the fashion-forward pack.
While a student at Toronto’s Ryerson University Fashion Program, he established his Farley Chatto line. Subsequently he was given the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. and Europe, collaborating with numerous top American and European designers, and garnering a wonderful offer to apprentice with Giorgio Armani. Now based in Toronto, Chatto continues to create stunning fashion for his Farley Chatto men’s and women’s lines and is thrilled to introduce his luxury fur line this fall. He provides haute couture to an international clientele, as extensive as it is exclusive.
Chatto is involved extensively in the fashion industry; he is the regional director and long time board member of Fashion Group International-Toronto and sits on the Apparel Connexion, a governmental board. He’s was 23+ year veteran of the AIDS fundraiser show Fashion Cares and he teaches part-time at the Academy of Design in Toronto. His work is regularly shown alongside North America and Europe’s top designers and global demand for his work, from furniture companies to magazine publishers, makes Chatto the one to watch.
Bustle Clothing, founded in Toronto in 2002 by Bay Street lawyers Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow, is a leading Canadian sportswear label that has become well known for its cheeky twist on the menswear classics. With pieces ranging from swimsuits to red-carpet suits, Bustle offers a full range of menswear - all with a strong focus on fit, unique and luxurious fabrics, attention to details, and of course, signature cheekiness.
Bustle is involved in a number of varied design collaborations, with partners ranging from the worlds of automotive to fine furniture and interiors. Bustle’s design partners include such brands as Audi, Vespa, Thompson Hotel, Hotel Le Germain, Opus Hotel, Freed Developments, Muskoka Bay Club, the City of Las Vegas, Source UK Carpets, CasaLife, Andrew Richard Designs, and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
Bustle’s roster of celebrity clients includes Mike Weir, Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Summers (The Police), Jesse Metcalfe, Jake Gold, Andrew Stetson, Dan Levy, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Stacey McKenzie and Nicole Richie.
Ilan Elfassy, the creative director and founder launched Soia & Kyo in 2004 with the intent to create perfectly fitted jackets.
The collections for men and women integrate sophisticated looks and redefine sportswear with a strong focus on rich fabrics and subtle details. We offer a range of classic trenches, soft suede’s, urban leathers in addition to a variety of wools, downs and rainwear. S&K jackets are designed to be the perfect balance between fashion and comfort.
The concept is to stay true to our effortless style. Soia & Kyo stands for simple and refined design.
Rudsak is a brand born out of passion and loyalty; passion for creating designs that celebrate the uniqueness of the wearer, and loyalty to creativity and quality. The brand was founded in Montreal in 1994 by its visionary and creative leader, Evik Asatoorian. Since its launch, Rudsak has grown into one of Canada’s leading fashion brands synonymous with quality, craftsmanship and international instinct. James Dean’s rebellious allure and Audrey Hepburn’s pristine elegance have inspired Asatoorian throughout the years.
Montreal-based designer Brittany Wacher was born and raised on a farm in Western Canada and educated in Vancouver. She spent a few years in between Europe, Asia and Canada gaining experience in the fashion industry by working for Asian art and fashion publications. Wacher then moved to the Netherlands where she worked with Dutch designer Pauline Van Dongen. It was under Van Dongen’s tuleage that she began to refine her approach to garment construction inspired by Van Dongen’s concept of fashion:science. Wacher founded her label, Brit Wacher, in January 2013 in Montreal.
Wacher’s current design work focuses on her perspectives in experiencing life through fantasy and the surrounding realistic core conflicts of the world. Her pieces are based upon her concept of duality and the passage of energy through time and space, and she is interested in creating a conceptual display of both shapely-tailored craftsmanship integrating flowing draped elements, subtle obscurities and well-made garments.
In a short span of time, Anu Raina has made quite a splash in Toronto’s Art & Fashion circles. With a B.Tech in Women’s Wear from the prestigious London College of Fashion (England), Raina graduated with top honors from the Textile Program at the Sheridan College. She was also selected as an Artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and saw her work exhibited at the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
The Textile and Clothing Designer unveiled her debut clothing collection at the Toronto Fashion Week in 2010. Since then she has been featured in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, CBC Radio, Breakfast Television and several mainstream fashion publications.
Raina’s inspiration for her prints comes from her innate urge to give an expression to her thoughts and experiences that came with the journey of her life. The permanence of these memories lends a certain timelessness to her pieces. She works at a very subliminal level in layers, both visually and conceptually and her work tends to be original, artsy and chic.
She was also nominated by the Ontario Colleges for the 2012 Ontario Premier's Award for outstanding achievement by recent graduates.
Hilary MacMillan is a Toronto-based womenswear brand created by designer Hilary MacMillan. Her self-titled brand was founded early 2012 with a focus on creating wearable designs for the urban modern woman. Every season mirrors a period of history, pulling ideas from different historical design movements. She creates pieces that have an effortless style with a twist between modern femininity and a retro feel. The use of colour and print is a design staple seen consistently throughout seasons.
Raised in Toronto, Hilary always had an interest in fashion but it didn’t come to fruition until 2009 after she graduated from the University of British Columbia. She trained in Vancouver but moved back to Toronto to open Elle Hardware, a jewellery and accessory boutique, with her sister. In early 2012 she created her Hilary MacMillan label, keeping her love of well-designed signature pieces consistent throughout her collections.
MacMillan sources and manufactures all of her designs in Canada, keeping her products uniquely Canadian.
Madame Moje is a Canadian label featuring luxe ready-to-wear women’s clothing for the modern and confident woman. The designs are most noticeably recognized for their distinctively feminine silhouettes.
Madame Moje has an undeniably diverse foundation, as co-founders Malashnee Naidoo the creative director, as well as her business partner and husband Hamed Emtiaz, established the Canadian brand upon relocating to Vancouver from Singapore in 2012. There was an instant realization that the marketplace was missing a sophisticated, yet sexy women’s clothing line. The label is known for its Parisian elegance featuring modern classic silhouette driven designs centering on signature body-hugging dresses, easy chic playsuits, knit separates, sleek jackets, sophisticated trenches and outerwear.
Naidoo qualified as a Chartered Accountant, built her lucrative career in finance before beginning her work in the fashion industry, and ultimately envisioning her designs for Madame Moje. Her style icons include Jackie Onassis and Victoria Beckham, and she finds inspiration in the works of fellow designers like Ellie Saab and Haider Ackerman. As the driving creative force behind Madame Moje’s designs, Naidoo spends most of her days in a single-minded pursuit of perfection, obsessing over the finer details of fashion, such as the way each ruffle falls or shoulder strap hangs. Each Madame Moje piece Naidoo designs is done so with an unwavering emphasis on feminine structure and beautiful silhouettes.
Emtiaz, whose background is in electronic engineering, has an MBA degree and over 10 years management experience in multinational investment companies. As head of business development, he is looking forward to taking Madame Moje global.
Using their dynamic and diverse background, Naidoo and Emtiaz launched the Madame Moje collection and flagship store in Vancouver in March of 2013. Plans are currently in the works to open up several Madame Moje boutiques across the country within the next three years.
The evening and special occasion wear line NARCES has always been influenced by iconic women of the 1940-60s synonymous with romantic glamour and elegance, empowered by their unique sense of style.
Designed by Nikki Wirthensohn, NARCES is a Toronto-based womenswear line that specializes in after-five and evening wear. Nikki is a Canadian of Persian heritage who was born in Austria, grew up in Iran and the UK.
She holds a Masters degree in Business from Canada/The Netherlands. She is without formal education in the fashion design industry but grew up into the industry by learning from her mother who tailored for the British Royal Family, including some of the most iconic gowns of Princess Diana. Nikki combines her very successful business career with talent and love for fashion design with NARCES.
NARCES collections have been presented in showrooms and events in Paris, New York, London and Toronto and as a result the stunning dresses are stocked in multiple countries. In Canada, NARCES is stocked with the boutiques of TNT and Holt Renfrew and internationally in boutiques and online shops in the US, Middle East and Europe.
Stephan Caras was born in Greece and educated in Australia, where he attended the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Caras’ career includes designing with formidable fashion houses such as Guy Laroche and Hermés.
Caras’ status as a top tier designer has recently earned him a spot in CEO World Magazine and Runway Magazine’s “List of World’s Top 20 Fashion Designers,” as well as the “Top 25 Most Beloved and Inspiring Fashion Designers of the World”.
Feminine sensuality defines Caras’ philosophy of design. Never influenced by trends, his inspiration is driven by the femininity that women exude.
Matthew Gallagher is a Toronto-based designer, born in Amherst, Nova Scotia and educated in Milan, Italy. After graduating from Milan's Istituto Europeo di Design in 2012, Gallagher launched Maison Matthew Gallagher and relocated back to Canada to debut at World MasterCard Fashion Week in 2013.
Maison Matthew Gallagher arose from a dream and desire for a modern vision of opulence. Sophistication and enchantment run deep in the identity of the brand as polish and precision intertwine to define a contemporary idea of beauty while preserving its traditional essence. The strength of Maison Matthew Gallagher does not simply end with cut or design; quality runs deep in textiles and hand work. Gallagher imports fabrications mainly from Italy to achieve a rooted sense of luxury and connection to one of the brands major points of inspiration.
The Maison Matthew Gallagher world combines minimalism and elegance to intrigue and reveal a beautiful, unexpected harmony, and the brand allure is defined by beautifully aligned contradiction.