From the FashionTalks vault comes a fantastic conversation with one of the nicest fellas ever. A compelling origins story is so inspiring and Paul Mason's story of how the international sensation, Fashion Santa, came to be is no exception.
It is not often you hear of someone being drafted as a linebacker for pro football and then pivoting into the fashion industry, but that is exactly what James Yurichuk, CEO of Wuxly has done.
There is nothing like some behind the scenes intel. Am I right? Vicky has some amazing stories to share as we reminisce about CAFA galas through the years.
This one got surprisingly emotional! Melodie Reynolds is a beauty brand founder/ CEO who is breaking all the rules when it comes to makeup. Be it the marketing messages or packaging or ingredients or corporate culture Melodie is maintaining the empowering elements of adornment through beauty while breaking the traditional molds of the billion dollar industry. Follow Elate and Melodie: @elatecosmetics www.elatebeauty.com @melodieelated Follow host Donna Bishop: @thisisdonnab Follow and learn more about CAFA - Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards @cafawards
Myles Sexton is a force of nature. They are a Creative Director, HIV & Sobriety Activist, model, makeup artist, content creator and lover of all things fashion and travel. In this episode Myles talks openly about how fashion has been an integral part of their life, whether it be their roots on the east coast of Canada, their decision to come forward about living with HIV, the honour of wearing the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress and so much more.
What do you do when getting dressed is traumatizing? If you are Mahrzad Lari you face it head on. As a plus sized man since his youth Mahrzad never felt he could express himself with clothing. Flash forward to 2021 and he is disrupting the menswear industry with his label Wide the Brand. A classic, chic line of modern basics for plus sized men. Mahrzad candidly shares personal stories about his love of fashion, his experience as a plus sized man and why we should take the emotion out of size. Sound familiar?
Fashion designer Tanya Taylor is full of surprises. Whether it is dressing strong, powerful woman (hello, Michelle Obama) or sharing her unique journey to fashion design or talking about the joys of print and colour, Tanya is full of optimism and inspiration. Follow on Instagram: @fashiontalkspod @thisisdonnab @tanyataylor
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.
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.
In 2019, Najwa Zebian, best selling author and activist, made the decision to stop wearing the hijab. The reaction was swift and varied. Najwa shares her story of the relationship between fashion and culture and her passion for personal choice over doctrine.