Next In Fashion designer Charles Lu is exactly as you see him on the popular Netflix series host by Tan France and Alexa Chung. He is candid, warm, funny and full of stories. He openly chats with host Donna Bishop about his childhood, his love of fashion and the experience of being on an international TV show sensation. Follow us in Instagram! FashionTalks at @fashiontalkspod Host Donna Bishop @thisisdonnab Today's guest Charles at @charles__lu

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Julia Grieve is a trail blazer. Her label, Preloved, was part of the sustainable fashion movement before there was such a thing. Julia, ever unguarded and hilarious, opens up about the struggles of retail, life after a fire (for the brand not her personally), the fashion industry and how it launched her as Canada's Accidental Environmentalist.

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As a best selling author, interior designer, public speaker and mother of 7 Lisa Canning knows a thing or 2 about what it takes to achieve the things you want in life. Listen as she shares how fashion plays an important role, what she learnt from working on HGTV and stories from the trenches as a mom of 7 kids under 10.

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Ron White went from aspiring to be a fashion buyer to creating a global brand that changed the designer shoe industry. In this episode Ron shares funny and candid stories of his childhood, his first fashion job, the early day of Ron White Shoes and the surprise decisions that have made the biggest impact on his business. It is no wonder he is known as Canada's "Shoeru."

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Designer Spotlight episodes are the origin stories of fashion designers. What kind of kid were they growing up? What did they submit to design school? When did clothing and fashion start to be an important force in their life? We talk about them, not their collections.

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