Monday, February 12, 2018


Press Release

TOM* and TW Positions Canada
as the World’s Fashion Week Capital of Outerwear

Photo courtesy of TW

Fall/Winter 2018 Seasons of Toronto Men’s Fashion Week and Toronto Women’s Fashion Week to feature Canada’s notable outerwear designers and highlight the segments latest trends and innovations

TORONTOFebruary 12, 2018 – Canada Fashion Group (CFG) today announced its campaign to recognize Canada as the Fashion Week Capital of Outerwear worldwide. With outerwear being one of Canada’s hottest exports, and Canadian fashion adorning the likes of Megan Markle and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, CFG aims to solidify Canada as fashion’s outerwear destination.

CFG will put a spotlight on the country’s most notable and up-and-coming Canadian designers and brands with a focus on outerwear during its highly successful and leading fashion weeks, Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) and Toronto Women’s Fashion Week (TW). In line with the global fashion week event circuit for the Fall/Winter 2018 season, the official runway schedule for TOM* is set for March 9th - March 11th and TW on March 12th - March 14th. From Rudsak to Joseph Tassoni to Pascal Labelle, TOM* and TW will showcase a strong lineup of Canada’s established and emerging fashionable outerwear designers.

“More than ever Canada has been at the forefront of exporting their famous coats, designer brands and ready to wear looks around the world,” says Hans Koechling, Producer of TOM* and TW. “The outerwear industry contributes some $800 million annually to the Canadian economy, including more than $400 million in exports to fashion centres around the world. CFG is the Canadian footprint to showcase some of the country’s most talented designers at TOM* and TW.”

David Dixon FW17 (Photo courtesy of TW)

This season, CFG continues to push Canadian fashion into the world spotlight with its runway presentations broadcasted globally through FTV (Fashion Television) based in Paris. The 24 hour fashion and runway channel is seen globally by over 400 million viewers from countries like France, Italy, Japan, Brazil and Australia.

“With many months of winter here in Canada, it makes absolute sense that our designers are leading the way in the world of outerwear design. Just like Miami Fashion Week is to swimwear, the world will be flocking to Toronto when it comes to the latest innovations and trends in outer and winter wear.”, says Jeff Rustia, Founder and CEO of CFG, and Executive Director of both TOM* and TW.

The two fashion weeks combined will be featuring over 36 designers with solo runway presentations, two celebrity charity fashion shows and two collective fashion shows.

TOM* Fall/Winter 2018 will present: Kollar Clothing, Shelli Oh, Xian, Kenneth Barlis, Mayer Man, Rhowan James, Zane Barlas, Austen Dor, ZIN Motowear, Hip & Bone, Burntlime and WIL Studios.

TW Fall/Winter 2018 will present: Rudsak, Pascal Labelle, Joseph Tassoni, Mikael D, Stephan Caras, Lesley Hampton, David Dixon, Candace Daniela, cb. Official, Di Carlo Couture, Fesvedy, KQK, Lamarque, PCP Clothing, Shelli Oh, Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute: Moskal and Vandal.

CFG’s charitable initiatives, MENSFASHION4HOPE and WOMENSFASHION4HOPE, will again raise funds for the Kol Hope Foundation for Children Fund at SickKids and Easter Seals Canada. The charity fashion runway shows will showcase Canadian celebrities wearing the latest collections from TOM* and TW designers.

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Stephan Caras FW17 (Photo courtesy of the designer)

About Canada Fashion Group

Canada Fashion Group (CFG) is the country’s leading producer, partner and promoter of Canadian fashion and its talent. Proudly made by and for Canadians, Canada Fashion Group (CFG) is committed to nurturing, marketing and supporting the Canadian fashion industry and its designers and ultimately, connecting Canadian fashion to the world. CFG provides a national and international platform for Canadian designers and brands to showcase their creativity, innovation and design through its world-class, award-winning fashion weeks such as Toronto Women’s Fashion Week (TW) and Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*).

About Toronto Men’s Fashion Week

Toronto Men's Fashion Week (TOM*) is the eighth men's fashion week in the world. TOM* is the most influential platform in Canada for menswear designers and brands. TOM* is a semi-annual event showcasing Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter collections with cutting edge runway presentations, TOM* Talks, power brunches, industry meet n' greets, trunk shows and showrooms. Finally, men's fashion has a face and a name: TOM*.

About Toronto Women’s Fashion Week

Toronto Women's Fashion Week (TW) truly celebrates Canadian Fashion and is proud to be the home to Canada's most iconic designers and the Next Generation of Emerging Talent.


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