posted by on 14/04/14


On March 25, Fashion and Branding Lawyer, Ashlee Froese, a partner at Gilbert’s hosted the first in a series of legal seminars for FGI.  This topic provided designers with an overview of how intellectual property laws can be used to protect a designers greatest asset: their creative ingenuity.  Challenging the assumption that there is no legal protection for fashion designs, Ashlee provided tips and strategies that enable designers to guard against fashion design piracy.  Ashlee’s fun and fresh approach to explaining the legal framework actually made the attendees excited about the law, which is no easy feat!  If you’re looking for more information on laws affecting the fashion industry, feel free to follow Ashlee’s website

posted by on 04/04/14

Fashion Group International Toronto
Friday, 4 April 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (EDT)
Toronto, ON

posted by on 04/04/14

On February 25, 2014, over one hundred fashion industry guests and media mixed and mingled at The Thompson Hotel’s 1812 Lounge and Wellington Ballroom. FGI Toronto held a panel of thought leaders for The Convergence of Fashion, eCommerce and Technology. Topics discussed included crowd funding, online marketplaces, omni channel, content marketing and affiliate marketing. Panelists included Amy Welsman, Marketing Director of Canada’s most crowd funded fashion brand Knixwear; Megan Vickell, Public Relations Manager of eBay Canada; Arati Sharma, Community Development Manager of Shopify; Randi Bergman, Online Editor of FASHION Magazine; and Ian Francis, Managing Director of Affiliate Traction Canada.


The next fashion technology event will take place fall 2014, so make sure you subscribe to the mailing list to stay in-the-know.

posted by on 11/01/14

Mary Symons

Mary Symons

Members are encouraged to join FGI Toronto on Tuesday, January 21 for the Annual General Meeting. Hosted by the Thompson Toronto Hotel, this multifaceted evening will include a review of 2013, an unveiling of 2014 plans, a speed networking plus a members dinner where we’ll bestow Mary Symons with our 3rd annual FGI Lifetime Achievement award.

Click here to download the 2014 proxy to cast your vote on new board members — every Executive Member is encouraged to vote. Come for any or all of the evening! RSVPs are required. Click here to register.

  • 5:00PM – Reception with Hors D’oeuvres in 1812 Lounge
  • 5:30 – 6:15PM – Presentation in The Wellington A Ballroom
  • 6:15PM – Speed Networking with the new FGI Board in 1812 Lounge
  • 7:00PM – Prix Fixe Dinner at Scarpetta* & Lifetime Achievement Award

Schedule subject to change.

posted by on 16/12/13

We’re making plans for the AGM! Mark your calendars on Tuesday, January 21st from 5-9pm at the Thompson Hotel for a night of FGI member networking, 2013 highlights and 2014 planning revealed.

All current executive members are eligible and encouraged to vote on the 2014 board of directors. Download the 2014 proxy here. Details about the AGM at the Thompson Hotel will be released soon. In the meantime, download your proxy here and submit to

All votes are confidential.

posted by on 18/11/13

It’s that time of year again!

Fashion Group invites members to shop, mix and mingle in the spirit of the holidays on Tuesday, November 26.  Town Shoes has kindly offered to host our event at their flagship store, so expect some fantastic discounts and prizes.

Need an outfit for the holidays? Rent Frock Repeat will bring a pile of great dresses to suit you up for the party season or for the inaugural Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) on February 1, 2014.  The Beauty Team will be on hand to offer touch-ups throughout the evening.  CAFA nominees and committee members have been invited to join us, making this a one-of-a-kind industry party.

Open to members only. Forgot to RSVP? Email

FGI Holiday Mixer Invitation

posted by on 23/10/13

New Male Consumer - topThis one is for the boys, and those who sell to boys.  Join FGI Toronto at the Thompson Toronto for an intriguing evening of insight into the connection between all elements of trend; from developing consumer behaviors, design megatrends and forecasts, to global street styles.  Online registration is now open for members and non-members on Eventbrite.

posted by on 04/10/13

Jeremy Laing, Greta Constantine, Bustle, Sunny Fong, Kimberley Newport-Mimran – what do all these designers have in common, other than being Canadian?  They’ve all designed employee uniforms for Canadian companies.

_DSC5300Join Fashion Group Toronto on Tuesday, October 15th as we explore corporate branding through the lense of employee uniforms and fashion’s role in uniform design.  FGI board member and fashion branding lawyer, Ashlee Froese, will lead a panel discussion on the diverse challenges companies face in outfitting their employees and how fashion designers are making their mark. We’ll also delve into the copyright concerns surrounding employee uniform design.

Panelists include Deirdre Kelly, The Globe and Mail; Greg Hewitt, DHL Express Canada; Laura Di Marcello, Porter Airlines and David Mounteer, Thompson Toronto.

Tickets are available for members ($25) and non-members ($40) on Eventbrite.  Members of the media should contact for accreditation.

Corporate branding event logos

posted by on 01/10/13

FGI Toronto returns to its regular programming on Tuesday, October 8 with Ethical Beauty at Green Beauty Boutique, Spa and Hair Salon (3471 Yonge Street).  After cocktails, networking and a mini-spa experience, we’ll explore how some health and beauty companies are taking a stand on specific issues, what consumers are demanding from beauty products and what that means for the industry.

Click here to register. Bundle your member ticket with our October 15 Corporate Branding event and save! Click here for details.

FGI presents Ethical Beauty at Green Beauty 400

posted by on 02/08/13

summer-wallpaper7Who doesn’t love summer?!  We definitely do. After hosting three fab events in June and July, we’re taking a well-deserved break from programming until September.  But that doesn’t mean we aren’t secretly planning how to make the rest of 2013 as amazing as the first half.

This fall you can expect more great networking events and a new business roundtable series from Gilbert’s Law.  We’re also eager to spotlight our newest sponsor Jamieson Vitamins in an exploration of ethical beauty.  And what would a trend event be without our favorite trend forecasting company, Stylesight?  Mark your calendar for November 5th boys, this one’s for you!

Summer is a great time to join FGI.  Your annual dues will be prorated for the year and you’ll get to enjoy member rates at every event this fall.  Click here for more information on how to join this illustrious organization.  Or join our mailing list to keep tabs on all FGI Toronto news and event.

Until next month, stay safe and don’t forget your SPF.