CAFA FASHION & RETAIL FORUM


CAFA is pleased to host the 3rd annual CAFA Fashion & Retail Forum, taking place on
Wednesday, May 29th 2019 in partnership with:


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Place: Malaparte, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5

Date: May 29th

Start Time: 8:30 A.M

End Time: 3:00 PM

Price: $99 



 As part of CAFA's ongoing efforts to foster economic development in the Canadian fashion industry, the 3rd annual CAFA Fashion & Retail Forum will once again bring together a network that encourages commerce, collaboration and innovation.


This year's theme will explore the business behind the industry’s era of advocacy and activism. Learn how social responsibility is influencing designers, retailers and executives, explore the media’s roll in style advocacy and hear from creative voices building their brands by taking a stand.


This all day event, featuring a networking lunch, will bring together an audience of entrepreneurs, institutional investors, retail owners, designers, media and influencers, and will offer a coveted networking opportunity in the midst of Canada's celebratory week of fashion.


The venue has ample space where you can step in and out of the Forum easily. 


 


2019 Fashion and Retail Panels


VIDEO SHORT: Columnist Nathalie Atkinson highlights the history of protest through fashion.




BUILDING BRANDS BY MAKING IMPACT


9:00 a.m 


Whether you’re creating a business from scratch or switching things up to attract a more aware audience, how do you make social responsibility part of your company’s culture. Leaders in fashion and retail share how their brands harness advocacy to connect with communities and consumers. Moderated by The Globe and Mail’s Contributing Fashion Editor Odessa Paloma Parker.


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Byron Peart and Dexter Peart

Co-Founders, Goodee

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Mackenzie Yeates and Rami Helali

Co-Founders, KOTN


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Roxanne Joyal

CEO, ME to WE

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Moderated By:
Odessa Paloma Parker

Contributing Fashion Editor, The Globe and Mail

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Interview with Aurora James about the influence of culture and craft on her creative journey


10:00 a.m 


The creative director of Brother Vellies, New York-based Aurora James, worked behind the scenes in fashion until a trip to Morocco led her to launch her line. The 2019 CAFA International Canadian Designer Award recipient will explain the steps she’s taken to create her brand in close collaboration with artisans in Africa, and highlight how her experience can be a roadmap for fashion businesses looking to expand their approach.


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Aurora James

Founder,
Brother Vellies

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Moderated By:
Andrew Sardone

Editorial Director, The Globe and Mail Style Advisor

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VIDEO SHORT: Indigenous Fashion Week founder Sage Paul discusses why it’s important to pay the benefits of advocacy forward.



MOTIVATING CREATIVES AND CONSUMERS TO OPEN UP THE MARKETPLACE


11:00 a.m 


How can you educate the next generation of designers, imagemakers and shoppers to adopt more diverse and sustainable habits? A forward-thinking educator, CEO and advocate will share and compare the ways they inspire their audiences.
Moderated by CAFA’s Innovation Advisor, Qasim Mohammad.

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Burak Cakmak

Dean of Fashion, Parsons School of Design

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Brandi Leifso

CEO & Founder of Evio Beauty Group

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Elizabeth Peyton Jones

Founder, Responsible Trust for Models

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Moderated By:
Qasim Mohammad

Innovation Advisor, CAFA

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Interview with Sophie Theallet about the rewards and challenges of using your brand as a tool for advocacy


1:00 p.m 


Sophie Theallet is a CFDA/Vogue fashion fund winner, has dressed Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, and led the charge to present size diverse models on the catwalk. Now based in Montreal, she will explain why she’s felt compelled to be a changemaker throughout her career.
Moderated by Fashion Talks podcast host Donna Bishop.

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Sophie Theallet


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Moderated By:
Donna Bishop

Fashion Talks Podcast Host

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VIDEO SHORT: Three Canadian entrepreneurs, Tomi Gbeleyi, Warren Steven Scott and Sarah Power, explain how they turned blind spots in fashion and beauty into businesses.





THE MEDIA AND THE NEW MESSAGE


2:00 p.m 


What role can editors and influencers play in amplifying the industry’s activism, and how can they use their platforms to welcome a broader audience? Leaders from top lifestyle outlets will discuss the challenges and rewards of developing thought-provoking content.

Moderated by The Globe and Mail’s Lifestyle Editor, Maryam Siddiqi.

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Vanessa Craft

Editor-in-Chief,
Elle Canada

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Carley Fortune

Executive Editor, Refinery29 Canada

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Christian Allaire

Contributing Writer
Vogue

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Moderated By:
Maryam Siddiqi

Lifestyle Editor, The Globe and Mail

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Highlights From the CAFA Fashion and Retail Forum 2018  


   

CAFA FASHION & RETAIL FORUM PACKAGE
$ 99 Ticket to the event includes:



    • Conference Admission on May 29th

    • In and out venue access

    • Food and beverage onsite

    • Networking lunch