Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI)

Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI)

April 11, 2013 11:52 ET

TFI New Labels® Final Four Announced

Prestigious National Fashion Design Competition Hand-Selects Four Canadian Designers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 11, 2013) -

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The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) is pleased to announce the final four emerging designers competing in this year's annual TFI New Labels® event presented by Target®. After a rigorous six month competition, a curated panel of judges have narrowed down the participants to four hand-selected designers competing for an impressive prize package at the gala event on April 30th at The Carlu. Guests will enjoy an evening of high fashion and suspense in support of the TFI, a non-profit organization that provides critical support to budding fashion entrepreneurs. Hosted by television icon Dina Pugliese (Breakfast Television) and supported by leading sponsor Mantella Corporation, the TFI New Labels® gala will include a reception with luxurious cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, gourmet-plated dinner for VIP and Patron ticket holders, and a dynamic runway show with fresh beauty looks provided by exclusive beauty partner P&G Beauty & Grooming.

The Finalists

The distinguished TFI New Labels® judges, TNT boutique owner Arie Assaraf, Target Divisional Merchandise Manager Elisha Ballantyne, Target Senior Vice President, Merchandising, John Morioka, celebrated fashion designer David Dixon, philanthropist Suzanne Rogers, and FLARE Editor Miranda Purves, took on the difficult task of selecting the four finalists. A diverse group of womenswear designers, the finalists include fashion-forward Canadian-Japanese design duo SEVENTHIRTYONE, understated and elegant label Paria Shirvani, contemporary dress and separates brand Christopher Paunil, and artistic, original, printed pieces by Sarah Stevenson Design.

The Prize

This year's victor will win a spectacular prize package of $25,000 cash awarded by TFI supporter Suzanne Rogers, an unparalleled opportunity to create an exclusive collection to be sold in Target stores across Canada in 2014, and a full-page editorial feature in FLARE Magazine.


A limited number of VIP and Patron tickets are available online at or by calling 416.971.7117 ext. 22. General admission tickets are available online at


The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) is an innovative and highly valued non-profit organization that plays an essential role in the growth and promotion of Canada's fashion community. TFI helps budding fashion entrepreneurs develop the creative and professional capacity they need to succeed and evolve in the challenging fashion industry. As the world's first fashion incubator, the TFI has fostered many of Canada's most celebrated talents for 26 years including David Dixon, Pina Ferlisi, Todd Lynn, Arthur Mendonça and 2012 New Labels winner Sid Neigum.

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