Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI)

Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI)
IFIC 4th International Fashion Incubator Conference 2013

IFIC 4th International Fashion Incubator Conference 2013

September 03, 2013 12:59 ET

TFI Hosts International Delegates and Inspirational Keynotes

World's First Fashion Incubator Presents 4th International Fashion Incubator Conference

TORONTO, CANADA--(Marketwired - Sept. 3, 2013) -

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Top fashion industry professionals from around the globe are heading to Toronto to take part in an enlightening three day event where thought leaders and entrepreneurs, will glean, grow and educate. From October 21st to 23rd the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) will host international delegates at the International Fashion Incubator Conference (IFIC), an exceptional event born eight years ago creating an opportunity for fashion incubator executives and industry members to learn, share and network on a global scale.

In 1987 Toronto's TFI was the first of its kind - a nurturing, instructive environment for young Canadian fashion talent in need of work space, resources and mentoring. 26 years later, dozens of cities worldwide have taken Toronto's cue and established incubators of their own, including New York, London, Milan, Chicago and Perth. Joined by the latest crop of Toronto fashion entrepreneurs, it's time for everyone to celebrate and brainstorm in the city where it all started.

"The Toronto Fashion Incubator is thrilled to host this inspiring and valuable conference," says TFI Executive Director Susan Langdon. "With 150 delegates joining us from around the world, the opportunities to learn from and network with global business leaders are invaluable. There will be thousands of ideas ignited and fanned by professionals who mean business when it comes to fashion. Showcasing Toronto to an international audience of this calibre is a fantastic challenge that the TFI is excited to take on!"

IFIC Highlights

Experts, veterans and bright lights are lined up to present on four main rubrics: Going Global, Sharing Best Practices, Future Forward and Funding Your Fashion Incubator. Industry leaders will discuss eco-ethical fashion, the future of retail, local manufacturing, global opportunities for designers, and much more. One seminar will be led by retail mogul and co-founder of Roots Canada Michael Budman, who will be sharing his expertise on the benefits of local production. Robert Ott, Chair of the School of Fashion at Ryerson University, will speak about advancing entrepreneurship models in higher education. Public and private sector funding are also topics being discussed by the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario and Target Canada.

Activities include:

  • Roaring Twenties VIP Gala
  • 20 stimulating seminars
  • Access to influential TFI Press & Buyers Brunch at World MasterCard® Fashion Week
  • Tour of the landmark TFI headquarters
  • Cocktail evening/runway show event
  • Networking socials

Toronto's IFIC will be headquartered at One King West - contemporary luxury in one of Toronto's great character buildings with a number of discounted suites on offer to IFIC delegates. To register for the conference or to view the full schedule and seminars, please visit #IFICToronto


The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) is an award-winning and highly-acclaimed non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and nurturing Canadian fashion designers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1987 as the world's first official "fashion incubator", the TFI model has been adopted by cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Melbourne, Auckland, Amsterdam and Milan. Housed in an 8,000 sq. ft. heritage building at Exhibition Place in Toronto, TFI provides critical support to creative entrepreneurs to develop the business and professional skills they need to thrive and survive. Start-up and advanced community programs include educational seminars on the business of fashion, one-on-one mentoring with industry professionals, exclusive promotional and sales opportunities, and valuable sales, marketing and trend resources.

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