TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - Startup Fashion Week (SFW) is making its triumphant return to Toronto this October on the heels of a sold out, three-day event in Montreal earlier this summer. Also hosting the runway event this year, is Toronto's television host and radio personality, none other than Devo Brown.
The Toronto event, takes place Oct. 15-19. This year's SFW will include an invite-only Designer Dinner followed by a Media Launch/Opening Party, Business of Fashion Conference, Gender and Fashion Forum and Runway Show finale. The highlight for this year is a focus on Gender & Fashion. To support this, Pride TO Festival Director Collin Joseph is scheduled to walk the runway. "As the executive director of this event, I think it's important to create a dialogue around Fashion & Gender" says Jodi Goodfellow, SFW's founder.
Now in its fifth year, SFW has made an enviable name for itself in two of Canada's most prominent fashion markets cultivating a unique platform to support fashion and tech startups. This platform brings together creative, educational and mentoring opportunities for designers from coast-to-coast trying to break into the industry.
"Our program has proven to increase visibility for Canadian start-ups offering them a chance to grow and succeed, we've brought awareness to 42 designers, 31 fashion-tech start-ups and more than 160 emerging models" says SFW Founder, Jodi Goodfellow. This year Startup Fashion Week™ had more than 130 applications from across Canada to partake in both Toronto and Montreal's runway shows and SWF is proud to present 11 candidates in Toronto this October.
ABOUT STARTUP FASHION WEEK Startup Fashion Week™ (SFW) is the first of its kind, representing the intersection between fashion, business, and technology. The concept was created in 2014 by Jodi Goodfellow, a fashion-tech startup innovator who saw an opportunity to connect early-stage entrepreneurs with industry stakeholders. Its focus is to drive and support emerging Canadian talent on a national scale. SFW has provided access to notable industry professionals though educational conferences. SFW has profiled Canadian designers from cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Saskatoon, and Saint John including DAMASSIA, Amanda Maria, Atelier Guarin, She Native, Helen Oro and fashion tech startups such as Daniel Christian Tang, Inlighten, TAP2TAG and Muse.