CAFA FASHION & RETAIL FORUM
Place: Malaparte, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5
Date: May 29th
Start Time: 8:30 A.M
End Time: 3:00 PM
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.
Byron Peart and Dexter Peart
Mackenzie Yeates and Rami Helali
CEO, ME to WE
Odessa Paloma Parker
Contributing Fashion Editor, The Globe and Mail
Interview with Aurora James about the influence of culture and craft on her creative journey
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.
Editorial Director, The Globe and Mail Style Advisor
Dean of Fashion, Parsons School of Design
CEO & Founder of Evio Beauty Group
Elizabeth Peyton Jones
Founder, Responsible Trust for Models
Innovation Advisor, CAFA
Interview with Sophie Theallet about the rewards and challenges of using your brand as a tool for advocacy
Fashion Talks Podcast Host
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.
Executive Editor, Refinery29 Canada
Lifestyle Editor, The Globe and Mail