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2017 CAFA GALA Event

The CAFAs™ took place on Friday, April 7th, 2017 at the Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto.

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CAFA FASHION & RETAIL FORUM
CAFA Fashion & Retail Forum

CAFA Fashion & Retail Forum – April 6, 2017

CAFA FASHION & RETAIL FORUM Presented By CAFA is pleased to introduce the CAFA Fashion & Retail Forum, a business-focused event that took place on Thursday, April 6th 2017. As part of CAFA’s ongoing efforts to foster economic development in the Canadian fashion industry, the CAFA Fashion & Retail Forum featured thought-provoking conversations with Canadian and international industry leaders across retail, fashion, and technology.

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VAIKEN – Emerging Fashion Fridays
VAIKEN – Emerging Fashion Fridays
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VAIKEN – Emerging Fashion Fridays

VAIKEN – Emerging Fashion Fridays Valérie Tolila is a woman on a mission. Back in 2000, Tolila embarked on what would be a 13-year trip through Europe. While living in Istanbul, she decided to take a chance and enrolled in fashion design at LaSalle College International. She graduated with honours in two years and was chosen as the assistant to Vivienne Westwood during Istanbul’s first fashion week. As part of this highly publicized event, she had the opportunity to work with several high-profile designers, including Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli and Missoni. Honing in on her craft, she was invited to Paris fashion week and attended shows for Balmain and Valentino, amongst others. Following this, she began working under the tutelage of famed Portuguese designer António Augustus who encouraged her to develop a capsule collection. Her passion for creating was cemented and upon returning to Montréal in 2013, Tolila launched her label:…

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CAFA Gala

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                                         Third Annual CAFAs Friday, April 15th, 2016 The CAFAsTM took place on Friday, April 15th, 2016 at the Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto. Chaired by Michael Brownstein, President Browns Inc….Read more about Michael Brownstein A dazzling, stylish, and sophisticated evening; the CAFATM Gala unites artists and influencers from across the country to celebrate the diversity and creativity inherent in Canadian fashion as we recognize Canada’s most promising designers, stylists, image makers, and models. Photos courtesy of George Pimentel.

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Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight
Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight
Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight
Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight
Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight
Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight
Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight
Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight
Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight
Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight
Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight
Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight
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Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight

Malorie Urbanovitch – In the Spotlight Emerging designer Malorie Urbanovitch has been garnering national attention as one of the most promising new talents in Canadian fashion. Her spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection was named as one of the winners at the Mercedes-Benz Start Up competition. Since then, Malorie’s work has appeared on the pages of renowned publications such as a British Vogue and ELLE Canada. The designer’s on-point aesthetic is perhaps one the reasons behind her resounding success; each garment designed by Urbanovitch is characterized by attention to functionality and the importance of quality fabric. CAFA spoke to Malorie Urbanovitch about Edmonton’s fashion community and the importance of creative collaboration. To read more about Malorie Urbanovitch, please visit www.malorie.ca CAFA: You experimented with a variety of different disciplines while in University. What made you decide to pursue a career in fashion design? MU: I started out by completing my degree in…

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Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance
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Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance

Christopher Paunil – An Artful Alliance “The business of fashion is sometimes overlooked,” says emerging designer Christopher Paunil. While it is true that fashion’s creative facet tends to take the spotlight, a brand simply cannot survive without the essentials of commerce, finance, marketing, and administration. The Toronto-based designer, along with his business manager Chalo Barruta, aims to strike a balance between artistry and business savvy. The duo recently spoke with CAFA about their latest ventures, including their residency at the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) and designing for Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay. To read more about Christopher Paunil, please visit http://www.christopherpaunil.com CAFA: What first inspired you to make a career of fashion design? CP: I was first inspired by my grandmother who lived with my family while I was growing up. I would often see her making patterns, sewing dresses and creating her own garments. I also had a strong interest in…

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