Designers: Get Your Hustle On!

Here at CanadaFashionLaw, we geek out on branding law.  But you know what really gets our mojo going (other than Ryan Reynolds and Tyrese)?  Helping emerging designers get exposure!  Now that summer is coming to a close (sad face), it’s time to get our hustle on again!  Ever eager to help Canadian designers put themselves on the fashion map, CanadaFashionLaw has put together a quick little guide to some opportunities geared towards helping designers at different levels get exposure.

Toronto Fashion Week

North America’s second biggest fashion show is back with some panache as IMG gets its well-connected hands on it.  (Click here to read up on why Toronto Fashion Week is getting a mani-pedi-botox).  Running from October 22 to 26, 2012 at the David Pecaut Square, Canada’s fashion darlings can share the spotlight with the likes of Joe Fresh, Pink Tartan, Lucian Matis, Rudsak, Vawk, etc.  Designer submissions are now being accepted.  More information can be requested from

Fashion’s Night Out

Debuting in Canada for the first time, Toronto’s retail stores will be open late into the night on September 6, 2012 as part of renowned international fashion event, Fashion’s Night Out.  (Click here and here to get a better understanding of Fashion’s Night Out).  As always, the Toronto Fashion Incubator is lending a hand to help more junior designers get a piece of the action by opening up their doors to host an accessories and apparel shopping soiree as part of Fashion’s Night Out.  If you’re interested in participating, you better drop a line as soon as possible to

Katwalk at Cube Nightclub

Looking to shake up your Tuesday?  Every Tuesday night during the summer, Toronto’s Cube nightclub hosts a fashion event debuting the 2012 Fall/Winter collection of a number of retailers.  Examples include French Connection and Dear Frankie.

Toronto Fashion Incubator’s Press & Buyers Breakfast

Toronto Fashion Incubator continues to impress us at CanadaFashionLaw. On October 2, 2012, it hosts its annual trade show geared towards connecting Canada’s emerging designers with the press and buyers.  This event is a great opportunity for new designers to get in front of key decision makers on a one to one basis.  If you’re interested in getting more information, contact TFI directly at

Fashion Thursdays at Locus 144

Nestled in the heart of Toronto’s Liberty Villageis Locus 144, a fantastic lounge that caters to those that have a passion for hip hop and fashion.  (A perfect combination!)  Locus 144 hosts fashion events on Thursdays that are geared to helping designers get their feet wet by hosting their own runway show.  Well-versed in hosting a myriad of events, Locus 144’s amicable management team are eager to assist upcoming designers get exposure in Toronto.  If you’re looking for information on hosting an event, show or photo shoot at Locus 144, drop a line to


If you’re going to any of these events, there’s a pretty good chance we may bump into each other!  Drop us a line if you are!

Fashionistas, do you have your ear to the ground on other events happening in Canadathat will help designers get exposure?  Let us know!  CanadaFashionLaw loves to hear from you!


Canada Gets Its Shop On!

A few weeks ago, CanadaFashionLaw broke the news that shopping event extraordinaire Fashion’s Night Out was launching in Canada.  Almost instantly, the Toronto fashion community got very excited!  (Ya, that’s right: Toronto Life cited CanadaFashionLaw as the source for the breaking news!  If only there was a “brush your shoulder off” emoticon!).


It looks like it’s not only Toronto that’s going to get its “shop on’ on September 6, 2012.  Fashion’s Night Out will be occurring throughout Canada in B.C., Ontario and Quebec.  Happily, it’s not just confined to Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, as some may presume.  Smaller cities in Canada are also getting a piece of the after-hours shopping pie, such as Surrey, Chatham and Cookstown.


If you want to get more information on which stores and malls are participating in Fashion’s Night Out, hit up  For the more Toronto-centric crowd, check out


Happy shopping, y’all!


Fashion’s Night Out in Canada?

Every Wednesday CanadaFashionLaw religiously reads the Trade-marks Journal issued by the Canadian Trade-marks Office (what can we say – we love trade-marks!!).  Something caught our eye that we thought was worthy of a quick blurb.

It looks like Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. (the owner of Vogue magazine) is seeking trade-mark protection for FASHION’S NIGHT OUT in Canada.  The application is based on a combination of use and proposed use and spans a myriad of wares and services.

For those of you not in the know, give yourself a slap on the wrist!  Fashion’s Night Out is the brain child of the reverred Anna Wintour and essentially started as a shopping festival in Manhattan.  It happens one night a year (this year it’s on September 6, 2012) and is an after-hours shopping extravaganza!  Its modus operandi is to “celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, and boost the industry’s economy”.  It has since expanded beyond the confines of Manhattan and the following countries also participate in the event: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom  To date, Canada has not participated in the event.

But if the Canadian trade-mark applcation is any indication, is Fashion’s Night Out looking to expand to Canada??!!

If yes, ladies and gents – clear your credit cards!  There may be some shopping to be done!!  After all, it’s altrustic to help the country’s economy, no?

CanadaFashionLaw will keep you posted on developments of this!