Before COVID, Donna Bishop sat down with fashion designer Catherine Addai. She has an amazing story of turning her side hustle fashion brand, Kaela Kay, into an international sensation. From being featured on CNN to infusing her Ghanaian roots into her designs, Catherine shares her journey with humour and directness.
Before COVID, host Donna Bishop sat down with two powerful and passionate entrepreneurs who put purpose at the centre of their brand: Elle AyouZadeh, found of Zvelle, and Pegah Kargar, founder of Repaint History. Both business owners speak openly about starting their brands, how they infuse purpose through every aspect of their operations and the challenges and joys of running a fashion company.
Before COVID, host Donna Bishop sat down with the incredible Annie Horth. Horth is responsible for numerous iconic looks worn by Céline Dion, including the white, Dior tuxedo Dion wore to the 1999 Oscars. The Québec native shares stories of working and collaborating with Céline (she was the first to wear couture during her concert tours), and what keeps her going in the fashion industry. How she got her start as a stylist is an amazing story (and provides a wonderful full circle career moment).
Victoria Hayes has become a favourite designer of Lady Gaga, Andra Day, Cardi B, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande and many more. Hayes speaks openly about the struggles and joys of being an independent designer and candidly shares stories from her childhood in Canada through to life in NYC.
Photo shoots are complex and creative events. Canadian supermodel Kim Cloutier, photographer Lindsay Anne Delaney and fashion designer Mikhael Kale discuss “Lower Level. Shot in Toronto’s abandoned Lower Bay subway station, it is an electrifying juxtaposition of grit and glamour, both editorial and exhibition and spins a narrative of feminine power that is bold, contemporary and compelling.
Calli and Sam Beckerman, aka The Beckerman Twins, started their fashion blog before fashion blogging was a thing and quickly became a fixture at New York Fashion Week and beyond. They candidly share stories about their childhood, running their fashion brand and transitioning to blogging, what it means to be an influencer and their thoughts on fashion and the ever evolving media landscape change.
Knix wear, an intimates company with sales passes $50-million, wants to change the way women relate to and celebrate their bodies. CEO Joanna Griffiths began Knix in 2013 with core products of leak proof panties and comfortable bras. Her purpose driven brand is giving the whole lingerie category cause to pay attention to her small (under 100 staff members) but mighty growing company.
When Meghan Markle visited Australia in 2018 she wore a pair of skinny, black jeans by Outland Denim. This resulted in the company growing to employ dozens of new employees at their production house. James Bartle, founder and CEO has an incredible mission: to provide careers for women who've been exposed to sex trafficking in Asia and to support their well being through fair wages, training and personal development. They are also sustainable working a numerous local partners proving that fashion can change the world.
Tiffany Pratt's infectious energy and immense talent have made her a sought after interior designer and DIY expert in media for almost a decade. Known as the "Queen of Colour" she has a standout style (no doubt rooted in her early days in fashion) that is all her own. Tiffany shares how fashion is a constant part of her world whether she is hosting a show on HGTV (currently Home to Win), working as an interior designer, making DIY magic, writing, styling or anything else her creative heart touches.
Sarah Jay is an international leader in the intersection of sustainability, fashion and beauty. Combining her extensive career in fashion media and styling with a passion for the planet, Sarah has pushed creative boundaries and awareness through the award winning documentary Toxic Beauty to associate producer of The Green Shows in NYC to guest editing FASHION Magazine.