FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 30, 2017
THE COLLECTIONS™ RE\SET Fashion at
The Great Hall
Toronto, ON – THE COLLECTIONS™ presents RE\SET on February 6 and 7, 2017. Held over two nights, RE\SET will feature a curated group of Canadian designers at the recently restored historic Toronto venue, The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West).
RE\SET introduces a new conversation about the arts to celebrate the work of designers. THE COLLECTIONS™, in collaboration with Robin Kay, will present three main objectives at the February fashion event:
- RE\SET the schedule to allow designers to connect with buyers, media and consumers to promote a flexible model that allows brands to offer season-less and “see now, buy now” collections.
- RE\FORM tradition, taking the designer presentation model in a fresh direction through engaging experiences with static and showroom models.
- RE\THINK Canada’s fashion identity while building unique content to inspire the national and global awareness of fashion in the country.
“With a refreshed perspective, we’re excited to present an influential group of Canadian designers,” said THE COLLECTIONS™. “RE\SET will be instrumental in activating current designer demands while engaging with the creative community to push existing boundaries.”
Notable designers include: Vogue’s Designer to Watch and DHL Exported winner, Sid Neigum; Forbes’ 2017 Art and Style ‘30 Under 30’ design duo, Beaufille; Toronto-based duo, Markoo; contemporary womenswear Hilary Macmillan; signature avant-garde brand, Pedram Karimi; satirical contemporary street brand WRKDEPT, and menswear lines Thomas Bálint and Klaxon Howl. RE\SET will also present a two-day showroom featuring RTW designers Namesake, Tara Rivas for TMR, S.P. Badu, Triarchy, accessory designers Dean Davidson, Krane, Cuchara, Dolorous, Uncuffed Leather, and shoes by Zvelle.
“We need to reinvent and we hope RE\SET will be the catalyst for this change. This event represents the evolution of our 150-year-old industry and the immense talent pool in Canada," said Robin Kay, President of the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC). "My mission is to have the federal government finally recognize our designers within the current description of the creative cluster and, in doing so, clearly identify our industry as a pillar of commerce and culture in Canada.”
RE\SET is inspired by the following like-minded production partners who thrive on supporting local initiatives and building the community together: The Great Hall and Rob Dittmer of Three Event Planning and Design. Fashion and lifestyle guru Barb Atkin, along with her partners Clarence Ford, Nadav Elituv and Michael Seven of ONeXCHANGE, a new innovative entertainment platform that brings people together to create positive energy.
“The Great Hall has long been committed to supporting, nurturing and showcasing world-class artistic talent,” said Steve Metlitski, president of Triangle Development and owner of The Great Hall. “Canada's fashion industry is an integral part of our country's arts and culture, and we are thrilled to provide the backdrop for Canada's top design talent to showcase their collections this season.”
RE\SET is made possible through the support of its official partners: beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart, led by official makeup artist Simone Otis, hair artist Kirsten Klontz and nail expert Melissa Forrest represented by P1M; and supported by DHL Express, the world’s leading logistics company. Additional sponsors include: Spacefy, P1M Artist Management, Foursixty, &or, Freshmen Friday, rock-it promotions and not-for-profit organization U for Change - an official program for youth to gain mentorship and real-time experience at RE\SET.
“For several decades, DHL has been proudly helping fashion designers and retailers meet the demands of the fast-paced and hyper-competitive fashion sector, with specific logistics solutions, business mentorship and support for key industry events,” said Andrew Williams, CEO, DHL Express Canada. “We are thrilled to partner with THE COLLECTIONS™ and again help Canadian designers launch their fashion brands on a global scale.”
For further information, please contact:
Sheri Clish at 416.656.0707 x 122 or email@example.com
About THE COLLECTIONS™
Founded in 2010, THE COLLECTIONS™ is a Toronto-based production agency, managing award-winning talent and connecting Canadian fashion to brand opportunities through presentations, events, fashion film and photography. Since inception, THE COLLECTIONS™ has established a strong track record for launching emerging Canadian brands and positioning designers for international success. RE\SET is the hard copy of seven years of activations within the creative community.
About Robin Kay and the Fashion Design Council of Canada
Robin Kay is one of Canada’s unfaltering voices for the fashion industry. A self-taught designer, she ran a successful eponymous brand for 25 years that held 600 wholesale accounts across North America, and 22 stores across the country. This journey led her to pioneer the largest Fashion Week in Canada. She transferred ownership of the event in 2012 to focus on the larger work of Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC), a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting the Canadian fashion industry she helped establish. Since then, Kay has been tirelessly working to engage government in conversation to identify the fashion community as a pillar of culture and commerce in Canada and create a new national policy that acknowledges all designers’ contributions in this country.
About The Great Hall
Standing at the corner of Queen and Dovercourt since 1889, The Great Hall is a cherished historical building and iconic Toronto landmark. Founded to house the West End YMCA, it evolved into a prime venue for public speaking, social gatherings and the performing arts, hosting countless concerts, plays, meetings, weddings, and special events. Boasting heritage architecture and design with a fully modern update throughout, The Great Hall offers four distinctive event spaces under one iconic Victorian roof. To explore the venue and learn more, visit www.thegreathall.ca and follow @GreatHallTO on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). With more than 1,300 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and two territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada. The Company also licenses or owns 51 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Québec), five luxury beauty destinations operating as Murale, 40 Shoppers Home Health Care stores and 396 beautyBOUTIQUE locations. In addition to its retail store network, the Company owns ShoppersDrug Mart Specialty Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution, pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to long-term care facilities. Shoppers Drug Mart is a unique and independent operating division of Loblaw Companies Limited.
About DHL – The logistics company for the world
DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”. DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion euros in 2015.
The ONeXCHANGE is an innovative entertainment platform that brings people together to create positive energy through movement. Clarence Ford creative genius and internationally known choreographer, Fashion Guru Barb Atkin, Nadav Elituv entrepreneur and innovation strategist and Michael Seven Creative Director and Digital Marketing specialist bring their diverse talents together to build a new social enterprise that recognizes the power of the shared experience as a force in which to inspire and transform people. The ONeXCHANGE has created a unique entertainment experience in collaboration with RE\SET and together are building a new social hub of community engagement allowing the magic of connectiveness to unfold and the creation of a new dialogue to happen through the merging of art, music and fashion. #thefutureispositive. Contact: Barb Atkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.