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The Canadian Fashion Directory · Dress To Kill

Over the past four months, we’ve had the pleasure of chatting with some of Canada’s greatest, seeking their insight and collaboration to complete our groundbreaking expose on the state of the domestic fashion industry. These professionals hail from all corners of the industry, each with a unique background, role, and skill set that contribute to the mosaic of talent working in our business. It is with our utmost pleasure that we present this directory; an accessible list of brilliant individuals who strive to strengthen Canada’s fashion industry, both at home and abroad.

“We create content for clients, it is not limited to digital content nor is it limited to brands, our specialty is conceptualizing stories and telling them through images and video.”

Where to find her:
@aniab on Instagram and www.aniab.net on the web

Her signature look:
My look is my haircut it seems, no matter how many times I grow out my bangs people still refer to me as the girl with the bangs haha, it’s cool, I have grown very attached to it. My style however always changes. I love trends and as much as I hate the idea of being a sheep and following them I am guilty of it. I also hate the idea of not trying something I love seeing just BECAUSE it’s trendy, at the end of the day I try to focus on the things I like visually and, most importantly, things that look good on me. I can’t tell you the amount of times I bought a dress after seeing it on someone else just to find out it’s basically a shirt on me and hence unwearable, at 5’10” I am taller than most girls.

What she is listening to:
A lot of Dua Lipa, I’m obsessed with her. John Mayer New Light is also on repeat a lot and with the recent release of the new Mamma Mia ABBA has been getting a lot of play as well. We went to the ABBA museum in Stockholm when we were there this spring and it is timeless. My genres of choice are pop and electronic music, last summer we followed Justice from festival to festival, I could not get enough of their set.

 

Where to find him:
Distributed across Canada with Harry Rosen, in Toronto with Gotstyle, Calgary with Espy and also in several designer boutiques in Italy.

Instagram: Christopher.bates.official
Facebook: @cbatesmenswear
Website: www.christopherbates.com

His brand’s signature look:
Christopher Bates is a blend of contemporary tailoring and technical sport influence. We’re known for our eveningwear and red carpet looks.

What he does for fun:
Cook, play sports, travel, read books, watch movies, fine dining, and wine.

“How to describe what I do… Well, I sit in front of my computer a lot. I spend numerous hours on the phone, run from meeting to meeting, and solve all kinds of daily puzzles. I guess the result of all this is a platform where we share stories, support creativity, and promote culture. It looks great, but it requires a lot of work.”

Where to find her:
Right here at dresstokillmagazine.com, on Instagram at @dresstokillmagazine or @dresstokillmagazine.kw

What she’s listening to at work:
I’m still pretty hooked on the ‘80s and ‘90s and deep house.

What she’s currently obsessed with:
Alter Eco chocolate bar… Melted butter, so good… I have been obsessed with Killian fragrance a lot…

 

Stephan Caras was born in Greece and educated in Australia, where he attended the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Stephan’s career includes designing with formidable fashion houses such as Guy Laroche and Hermés.

Where to find him:
We can be followed on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as our website www.stephancaras.comwhere we have updates on what’s most recent at Stephan Caras.

Who he’d love to dress:
Ideally, women that are self-assured and who understand and expresses their natural sensuality. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has always been a source of inspiration for me. She did not follow trends and she had her own style that influenced the public and the fashion world. I had the opportunity to meet her and offer some of my personal style insight during my apprenticeship with Hermes.

What he does for fun:
As a designer, I am constantly designing, even when I am not working. I still find myself playing with ideas and creating concepts that I can re-examine in the future. Lines, shapes, and colours that occur naturally are constantly inspiring me. I believe that subconsciously, I am constantly challenging myself to design and create. When I do find a moment to take to myself though, I enjoy a good game of backgammon, a glass of wine by the sea on a Greek island, all together with family and friends.

 

Greta Constantine is a collection of ready-to-wear womenswear based in Toronto, Canada. Founded in 2006 by designers. Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, the label is derived from the combination of the name of the latter’s mother, Greta, with that of the former’s grandfather, Constantine. The collection is available in over 30-doors worldwide across 15-countries including Holt Renfrew in Canada, Lord & Taylor in the United States, and both Moda Operandi and Farfetch online. The pair works together in their Toronto-area studio — conceptualizing, exploring, and challenging the fashions of today for the women of tomorrow.

Where to find them:
https://gretaconstantine.com/

 

Montreal native Antoinette Di Carlo learned how to hand stitch at the tender age of eight and has been creating beautiful dresses ever since. Specializing in custom made bridal and evening wear, Antoinette captures the essence of elegance and femininity that women seek. Clients include Jessica Mulroney, who wore a custom Di Carlo gown at the royal wedding.

Where to find her:
Instagram @dicarlocouture_official, FB: Di Carlo Couture, www.dicarlocouture.com

Her brand’s signature style:
Feminine yet sexy silhouettes, very detail oriented with style lines & a selection of ornate fabrics.

What she’s listening to at work:
Usually a chill ambient background playlist from Spotify

 

Canada Fashion Group (CFG) – which controls TOM* and TW – is committed to nurturing and promoting the Canadian Fashion industry by providing a national and international platform for Canada fashion designers and brands to showcase their talent and innovation through impactful fashion initiatives.

Where to find her:
We ship around the world via our website www.hayleyelsaesser.com. We’re also available through 3rd party online retailers like Nylon Shop, ban.do and Dolls Kill, at one-off boutiques across Canada and the US and have worked with department stores like Simon’s in the past. We also have a flagship store in downtown Toronto. Follow  @hayleyelsaesser on IG, facebook.com/hayleyelsaesser

What she does for fun:
I honestly work constantly so I don’t really have a lot of time for fun, but I enjoy hanging out with my husband, Josh, my dog Miso and my cat Phantom and just vegging out. I recently did a Run club with Nike and I’m starting with a personal training so hopefully, I can eventually find some enjoyment in that too. LOL

Favourite Canadian-ism:
Degrassi? I am a TV freak and I was obsessed with Degrassi as a kid (and into adulthood admittedly) and I’ve actually gotten to know Christina Schmidt who played Terri and Sarah Barrable-Tishauer who played Liberty on Degrassi: Next Generation so that’s kind of surreal.

Denis Gagnon is known for his couture approach to leather, his precise cuts, and his talent to create aerial and spectacular silk pieces. He started his Montreal-based brand, Denis Gagnon, in 2004.

Where to find him:
on FacebookInstagram, or at www.denisgagnon.ca

What he does for fun:
Interior design

Favourite Canadian-ism:
The presence of the colour red in the Canadian flag.

Ying Gao has achieved personal distinction through her numerous creative projects: six solo exhibitions in France, in Switzerland, in Canada, and eighty group exhibitions around the world (MAK Vienna, MFA Boston, Ars Electronica…). Her varied creative work has enjoyed international media coverage: Time, Vogue, The New York Times, Dazed and Confused, Interni, ARTE. She is one of the “Fab 40: Canada” selected by Wallpaper magazine. You can find her work in museums.

Where to find her:
http://yinggao.ca/ or on Instagram

Her brand’s signature style:
If one speaks of my work: to imitate the living; illustrate the intangible. I force myself to intervene in the structural conformation of the garment by working on the realization of changing and modular structures combined with interactive technologies.

Favourite Canadian-ism:
Montreal, so beautiful and so ugly at the same time.

 

Canada Fashion Group (CFG) – which controls TOM* and TW – is committed to nurturing and promoting the Canadian Fashion industry by providing a national and international platform for Canada fashion designers and brands to showcase their talent and innovation through impactful fashion initiatives.

Where to find him:
FacebookTwitterInstagram or LinkedIn

What he does for fun:
Travelling to Europe with my wife and becoming her photography assistant. Nothing makes me smile more than her capturing a unique scene of either animals or landscape.

Favourite Canadian-ism:
Love my Canadian craft beers. Some of the best in the world. And my hometown of Stratford, Ontario.

Halpern is a BFA Fashion Design grad of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago who launched Namesake in 2016, a bespoke leather jacket brand that focuses on versatility, durability, and craftsmanship at accessible prices.

Where to find her:
Namesake is focused on online sales through our e-commerce at www.bythenamesake.comand at our studio which is open to the public.

Follow on Instagram

Her brand’s signature style:
Urban cowgirl meets Rockstar’s girlfriend

Favourite Canadian-ism:
Maple syrup shots when sick!

 

Queen’s University graduate Camilla James created sustainable swimsuit brand, The Saltwater Collective in 2017. The Canadian-made brand is empowered by intention, environmental by design and redefining the image of sustainable fashion, one swimsuit at a time.

Where to find her:
Our brand is carried in a variety of stores across Canada, and one store in Bali. We also ship worldwide through our online store. You can follow us on Instagram: @thesaltwatercollective or our website: www.thesaltwatercollective.com

What she does for fun:
Eat, travel, and volleyball! I currently live in Toronto and it’s such an exciting place to be for many reasons, but the ever-developing food scene is one of my favourite parts of the city. Finding new spots to try and corners of the city to explore is often at the center of what my friends and I do for fun. I also love to travel and try to incorporate a change of scenery into my life as much as I can. Whether that is getting home to Vancouver or traveling somewhere new, I tend to get a little bit restless and love trying new things. Finally, I absolutely love playing volleyball. I used to play very competitively until a few years ago, and since then I’ve been playing in some great leagues in the city.

Favourite Canadian-ism:
In the height of my university days I would have said poutine, but currently I must admit that I love Drake!

 

“I started as a sustainable fashion designer straight from my design days in Ryerson’s design program and continue to do freelance sustainable design. From the beginning, I knew I only wanted to advocate and push the industry towards sustainability… I work with young and emerging sustainable designers – helping them navigate sustainability and how to develop a sustainable fashion brand.

Currently, as part of my doctoral research, I am finishing up a design tool specifically for small to medium-sized sustainable fashion brands. It’s a set of cards that designers can work through an interactive process to help develop all facets of their brand in a sustainable way – from their business model, design practice to branding. There is a serious lack of resources for small brands and designers. Most tools are inaccessible and are not really designed for designers to use. I’m also a mentor at the Joe Fresh Centre in the Fashion Zone at Ryerson University. Starting this fall I am very excited to be the first assistant professor of design, ethics, and sustainability in the School of Fashion at Ryerson. As an educator and academic, I can’t wait to work with and inspire students about the responsibilities and creative problem-solving abilities designers have in changing our industry.”

Where to find her:
Ryerson University, www.redesignfashion.comor on Instagram: @anikazofia& @redesignfashion

Her signature style:
Comfortable/eclectic/strong shoe game

Favourite Canadian-ism:
Cottage season & multi-culturalism

 

The award-winning Toronto Fashion Incubator is the world’s first fashion incubator that’s inspired over 30 cities around the world to adopt its innovative co-sharing concept.

Where to find her: You can find the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) at www.fashionincubator.com and at 285 Manitoba Drive, Toronto, Ontario. You can find me @SusanAtTFI on Twitter and Instagram and you can follow TFI at @tfi_fashionincubator also on Twitter and Instagram

Her signature look:  I like to lead by example and since I’m in the business of supporting and promoting Canadian design, I make a conscious decision to wear something Canadian every day whether it’s apparel or accessories. I lean towards fluid, geometric, asymmetric styles that are still feminine. Some of my favourite pieces are from Marie Saint Pierre, Sid Neigum, Veronique Miljkovitch, UNTTLD and Complex Geometries.

Favourite Canadian-ism: I love the word “Sorry”. It’s SO Canadian! I can’t think of another society that uses that word as frequently as we do. I remember being in Paris and accidentally bumping into a girl and her friends on the street. I instinctively said, “Sorry!” and she impersonated me by repeating “sorry” in her version of a Canadian accent. I wasn’t offended; I thought it was cute that she was trying to learn how to say it the way we do.

 

“I’m a content creator – I run a style + beauty blog called The August Diaries. I make fashion and beauty accessible using my platforms, whether it’s with a makeup tutorial, a style post or a product review.”

Where to find her:
At www.theaugustdiaries.com, on Instagram @theaugustdiaries, on YouTubeFacebook, and Pinterest.

What’s she’s listening to at work:
Everything but lately, 90’s hip-hop

Favourite Canadian-ism:
I’m actually a big hockey fan – I’ve loved it since I was a kid. My husband and I watch the playoffs religiously.

 

“I am a lifestyle influencer / YouTuber, with my content revolving around fashion, beauty, nutrition, and family.”

Where to find her:
on Instagram @valerialipovetsky, on YouTube.

What she does for fun:
I like to travel, go to concerts, and I could spend hours getting lost in a bookstore.

The trend she’s currently obsessed with:
You’ll rarely see me without a pair of cat-eye glasses and my chunky gold hoop earrings. I like things that give me those nostalgic vibes.

 

Fashion Preview, a non-profit organization in Montreal, has been organizing the Fashion Preview fashion event since 2014. In collaboration with prestigious local partners, Fashion Preview supports, accelerates and facilitates the visibility of Montreal fashion to local buyers and media. national and international.

Where to find her:
On Facebook or at www.fashion-preview.ca 

What’s she’s listening to:
I like to relax with some classical music or a yoga playlist especially when I need to concentrate, however I also like to listen to Daft Punk, Coeur de Pirate, The Smashing Pumpkin, The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Avicii, Macklemore, Drake, Pink Floyd, Garbage….

Her signature look:
I generally have a cozy style, I like to be comfortable in my clothes and whenever I can I wear local designers’ creations

 

MarkAntoine graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal, which led him to intern in Paris and become Aline Ochoa’s assistant for a season. Meanwhile, he worked on branding development as a subcontractor for the LVMH group. In 2015, in parallel with the completion of his studies, he started his eponymous brand MARKANTOINE. The brand is part of the underground movement of young designers Montrealers who tries to break the geographical barriers with their creativity.

Where to find him:
on Instagram @markantoinelb and @markantoine_officialFacebook and www.markantoine.ca

His brand’s signature style:
I like to say gothic/exotic, it’s really these terms that allow me a direction in all my collections. Otherwise, denim and glitter are really my favorite subjects <3.

What’s he’s listening to:
From Dalida to Kroy, thinking of a little French rap and popular music (but especially Dalida!)

 

“At Ellie Mae, we work to create thoughtful pieces that embody the raw authenticity that we’ve made a staple of our design process. We embrace high-quality fabrics, local production, and nostalgia. We aren’t interested in mass production; we design a limited number of pieces that tell a story of individualistic style with effortless undertones. We embrace the unique, the old school, the new school, and we cultivate that into pieces we know our customers will love.”

Where to find her:
Instagram or www.elliemaestudios.com

Who she’d love to dress:
I’d love to design a wardrobe for a music tour eventually (think: Gucci designing pieces that Harry Styles would wear on tour). So on that note, musicians and creatives are always the goal.

What’s she’s listening to at work:
We have a record player in our studios that plays classic rock most of the time, otherwise, we have an 80s station or ‘charting now’ songs on when we throw on the good old iPhone.

 

Andrew is a London-based Canadian designer who sources inspiration from the textures, colour, and feeling of fabric.  He studied under master tailor Vincenzo Cardone, Madame Sophie and Oscar-nominated and Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto.

Where to find him:
My Flagship Store in London (365 Saint John Street), Toronto store (793 Queen Street West M6J 1G1). Online at shopandrew.com, and on Instagram and Twitter: @andrewmajtenyi & @shopandrew.

His brand’s signature style:
Modern, futuristic with a casual and sporty feel. My earlier work in film & theatre often step in and try to blend the past with the present and think ahead as well.

Favourite Canadian-ism:
I love cottage country with all the lakes and anything up North. The vastness of Canada ie driving for hours and seeing nobody. ‘Eh’ is old but still amusing when I hear it (or say it too!)

 

Romanian-born, Toronto-based designer Lucian Matis launched his first collection in 2007. His work is prominently featured in both national and international publications both online and in-print, including French Magazine, Dress to Kill, Flare, Fashion, Elle Canada, The National Post, WWD, Tribute and Launchpad, to name a few. Fans include Jeanne Beker and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau.

Where to find him: 
lucianmatis.com or on Instagram @lucianmatis

 

Nordström Matte Public Relations is a full-service PR Firm in Toronto that primarily works with fashion, lifestyle and entertainment brands on an international scale.

Where to find her:
At www.nordstrommatte.comon Instagram at @nobadpressand @daninmatte

What she does for fun:
In the off time that I do have, I spend a lot of it pursuing my passion for dance and choreography. Deep down, I have a deeply ingrained creative side that I truly enjoy investing in. Being able to get inside a studio and create a piece of art helps clear my mind and restart. Some people like to work out, I choose to get the exercise in the form of choreography and dance training. My old professional dancer in me will always live on.

Favourite Canadian-ism:
The Ryan debate will always be an incredible topic. That and bacon – you can’t beat bacon.

 

  

“I can usually be found all over Canada, behind the scenes, figuring out how to create fashion and style moments; and later ensuring those moments last long after the event or campaign is over.”

Where to find her:
In the streets of Montreal, speedwalking from one event to the next, mobile office on my shoulder…otherwise, follow me online at: lasostrategy.com or stay in touch via brittany@lasostrategy.com

What she does for fun:
In my downtime, you’ll usually find me horseback riding on my family’s ranch; running with my furry friend Roosevelt; scanning the digital horizon for fashion finds; or reading the New York Times with a perfectly chilled cold brew.

Her signature look:
I have a real appreciation for a standout piece with a story behind it. And when I wear that piece, I’ll pair it with a quality basic so it can steal the show. And, of course, my best colour is all shades of black.

 

As the President of CAFA, I’m an advocate and champion of Canadian fashion. We support and celebrate both emerging and established Canadian talent through an annual awards show and ongoing economic development programs.

Where to find her:

https://cafawards.ca/

https://www.instagram.com/cafawards/

https://twitter.com/cafawards

http://facebook.com/cafawards

@vickymilner6

Who she’d love to work with:
Over the last five years, we have been extremely fortunate to honour so many amazing fashion leaders like Iris Apfel, Imran Amed, Erdem, Jason Wu, Elle Macpherson, Nadja Swarovski, Celine Dion, and more.  When I think of icon dream collaborators, names like Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani come to mind.

What she’s listening to:
I’m loving podcasts at the moment. Fashion Talks, which is produced in partnership with CAFA and hosted by my friend and colleague Donna Bishop, is a must-listen for me. I also love music from the 80’s.

 

 

“Manitobah Mukluks makes the original winter boot of Canada. We think everyone should wear our mukluks for their winter footwear. Our customers tell us that we make the warmest, most comfortable and beautiful footwear in their collection. We agree, simply because our ancestors have been wearing them for thousands of years to survive in the coldest places!”

Where to find them:
www.manitobah.ca, @manitobah – InstagramTwitter, @manitobahmukluks – Facebook

What the Manitobah Mukluk team does for fun:
At the office, our team loves foosball, motorcycles, Indigenous arts and ping pong. We’re a pretty active bunch – especially in the winter. Nothing gets in our way when we’re wearing mukluks outside.

The brand’s signature style:
Fearless. Warm. Comfortable. Beautiful. Survival is our legacy. We outfit strong, resilient humans in our mukluks.

 

Innovative and feminine, DUY’s high-end ready-to-wear fashions incorporates sharp tailoring, luxury fabrics and flawless craftsmanship in a collection that is both timeless and wearable. Duy Nguyen studied fashion design at LaSalle College and collaborated with some of the biggest names in fashion.

Where to find him:
Instagramor www.duycollection.com

What he does for fun:
Gardening, cooking.

His brand’s signature style:
Luxurious, quality, very chic.

IFWTO presents the most distinct and progressive Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles, and craft.

Where to find her:
People can find my personal brand online at sagepaul.com or temporarily presented at galleries and festivals. People can find more information about Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto at IFWtoronto.com. The second IFWTO will take place in spring 2020 at Harbourfront Centre.

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and IFW on Instagram.

Her signature style:
My personal style is grungy. I’m a 90s kid.

What’s she’s listening to at work:
Right now, I’m really into A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash and Townes. Generally, I love the Black Swan soundtrack and Radiohead.

 

“I was born in Belgrade, and grew up in Toronto, where I pursued a business degree from the Schulich School of Business. After a chance encounter with fashion guru Karl Lagerfeld during my travels after post-secondary school, I decided to dedicate my life to pursuing my true passion for fashion and design.

It was shortly after I discovered the alpaca fibre, I immediately fell in love with the fabric and launched SENTALER shortly thereafter. And the rest is history.”

With loyal fans in two of the most influential fashion icons –  Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton – the SENTALER brand has risen to international fame in recent years.

Where to find her:
SENTALER coats are available worldwide from SENTALER.com, as well as luxury retailers Neiman Marcus, BergdorfGoodman.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, Andrews, Lane Crawford, and many sought-after independent boutiques. Follow her @sentaler and @bojanasentaler on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter

Her brand’s signature style:
SENTALER’s style is elegant, feminine and timeless. The signature of SENTALER is its recognizable trademark – the ribbed sleeve detail on the coats, which is seen on almost all of the coats within the collections.

Favourite Canadian-ism:
Being Canadian and traveling with a Canadian passport always makes me feel very welcome in every country I visit. Everyone loves Canadians. It’s hard to pinpoint one thing that’s great about living in this incredible country.

 

“My dream client would be any fashion brand/celebrity that is looking for a new look a fresh new global feeling! I take pride in being able to elevate whatever I work on.”

Randy’s extensive career in fashion has spanned over 30 years in New York, LA, Miami, Montreal, and Toronto. He began building critically acclaimed visual displays for the Eaton’s department store and has sinced worked with clients such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, Simons, Hudson’s Bay Company and Sears and celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, David Bowie, Daniel Radcliffe, Sir Ben Kingsley and Mia Martina. Randy is also responsible for the recent global phenomenon Fashion Santa’s stylish makeover. Randy is a Contributing Fashion Editor of Dress to Kill Magazine where his latest creative endeavours can be seen in each issue.

Where to find him:
Representation @Judyinc Toronto & Montreal, Instagram @randysmithstyle, Website randysmithstyle.com. Now based in Toronto but work in both Toronto and Montreal.

His signature style:
I would say that my signature is that in whatever I do there is always an element of beauty and sophistication to it. Whether it’s edgy or classic it’s always tasteful and world class. My styling style varies depending on the need of the task at hand. Whether it be simple or extra I bring what the job requires. In my personal style, I’m very simple with some street style thrown in. Nothing too crazy! Not at this point in my life anyways!

What he does for fun:
Go dancing with friends! Yes I still love to go out at 56! lol

 

“Besides teaching fashion design at LaSalle College and École supérieure de mode, ESG, UQAM, I am involved in many unique, fun and exciting fashion-forward projects. For example, I am very proud of my association with THE FINE PRINT magazine which is a print publication distributed in small magazine shops and concept stores around the world. I also enjoy curating exhibits and producing small fashion events for THE PHI CENTER. It’s not a business really, it’s something that I do seriously but not so seriously to have to worry about an overhead or a return on my investment.”

Where to find him:
https://thefineprintstore.com/or on Instagram.

You can also find me on Facebook and also I manage 2 Instagram accounts: @Lignes_de_Fuite and @OrderProject_ww 

His signature style:
I am often joking that my style is health-goth-dad-core because my signature look is all black with a dad-cap.

What he’s listening to at work:
I can’t focus when it’s too noisy. Sorry, no music when working 🙂

 

 




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