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As you have probably seen, I recently launched my Spring/ Summer 2017 collection. It’s been 10 months in the making and I’m always excited when I get to share the projects I’ve been working on. By taking some of my classic designs and updating them- and adding eye-catching splashes of colour- I feel like this collection is a really great reflection of my design aesthetic and philosophy.

There are so many steps involved in making a clothing collection from concept to creation, and each one comes with its own set of challenges. In this post I wanted to outline the different phases I go through every time I design for a new season. Scroll down or click the ‘Read More’ link to see all of the steps I take to turn an idea into a well-rounded, appealing collection.

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Last week we released Part 1 of our Made In Canada gift guide, and explained why supporting companies who manufacture in Canada is important to us. On a larger scale, supporting Canadian-made companies can positively impact everything from market diversity and employment levels, to tax rates and the value of the Canadian dollar. On a more personal level, we are proud to be made in Canada. This includes working with local tradespeople and contractors to strengthen our creative community.

If you’ve already seen Part 1 and are eager to see more Made In Canada goodness, click the Read More link. We’ve assembled an array of Canadian-made gifts for every person on your holiday list in one handy spot, so you can stop searching and start celebrating!

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Being made in Canada is integral to our identity at Jennifer Fukushima. When you invest in one of our pieces, you are getting an item that was made in Toronto- from concept to creation. This is important to us because it expands the options for Canadians to buy domestically-made products. Not only that, it allows us to employ Canadian contractors and tradespeople, which helps keep the local maker communities alive and well.

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As some readers may know, we are moving out of our current studio at 310 Spadina. This is due to the recent displacement of all tenants on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of the building, a decision made to create space for a marketing company to come in and set up shop. This is an eventuality all of the tenants feared since the building was sold last year. When the ownership switched hands, some tenants were allowed to stay, but not for long. Scroll down to read my interviews with Belinda and Kristiann in this final instalement of our series about the gentrification of 310 Spadina.

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Some of the tenants of 310 Spadina who have occupied a shared studio space until the recent displacement of 5th and 6th floor businesses.

Two weeks ago, we posted about our upcoming move and the gentrification of our studio building at 310 Spadina. As Part 2 in that series, we would like to introduce some of the building’s other tenants! Sameer, Gale and Gillian all agreed to take the time to speak with me about the changing face of Toronto.

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Its no secret that prices are going up in the Toronto real estate market. With condo developments spreading across the waterfront and large chain stores propagating from the downtown core, its hard to find affordable space for small businesses. Artists, creative professionals and grassroots organizations are all being paved over. The face of the city is changing rapidly, and recently the team at Jennifer Fukushima was affected when we were uprooted from our studio at 310 Spadina.

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This April 24th marks the 3 year anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse that killed 1,134, injured over 2,500 and affected the lives of so many more.  Fashion Revolution Day, now Fashion Revolution Week was created to shine a light on the conditions under which our clothes are made, to spread awareness and to bring respect to garment workers across the world.

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In 2005 I was approached by a group of students to participate in a fashion show at Ryerson University.  Coined the Toronto Wildlife Show, this event was Ryerson’s first sustainable fashion show.  I went on to design two collections and co-ordinate the show with founder Keith Stephan and producers Meaghan Orlinski and Jess Tjeng.

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