With help from our experienced, volunteer, business advisors, mentors and staff, along with exceptional trend resources
and educational seminars, creative entrepreneurs can develop the business and professional skills they need to succeed
The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) was conceived in 1986, when the fashion industry was the second-largest industrial employer in the City of Toronto. The initial idea was to promote business growth in the city, which would eventually translate into new jobs as well as new business development and opportunities. A year later the TFI launched.
In 2015, 36% of the lines showing throughout Toronto Fashion Week’s fall 2015 presentations are TFI members and alumni, and the TFI reports that it and its members have created more than 18,000 Canadian jobs since 1987. The award-winning non-profit has helped launch some of the country’s leading talent, including David Dixon, Greta Constantine, Laura Siegel, Joeffer Caoc, Farley Chatto, Sunny Fong, Arthur Mendonca, Smythe and Line Knitwear.
In short, the TFI is an integral part of Canada’s fashion landscape.
The incubator’s mandate is simple: “play an essential role in the growth and promotion of the Canadian fashion community.” Members have access to one-on-one mentoring, educational seminars, shared workspaces, and business resources. Additionally, there’s also the much-hyped New Labels Fashion Design Competition. This national contest for emerging designers (which offers exposure, perks and a $25,000 cash award from TFI supporter and philanthropist Suzanne Rogers) has kick-started the careers of newcomers Miriam Baker, Sarah Stevenson and Sid Neigum in recent years.