Back in May a friend with albinism contacted me to let me know Diandra Forrest (a well known model with albinism) was putting on a charity fundraiser and fashion presentation for the third annual International Albinism Awareness Day. They also let me know she was looking for models with albinism to join her. I was instantly interested. I’ve never been a part of something like this and the idea of making a quick trip to NYC seemed a little crazy. But after exchanging a few emails with Diandra and the producer putting the event together, I booked my ticket and anxiously waited for the day to arrive.
With support from online fashion heavyweights like Refinery 29, Who What Wear, Nylon, and the Zo Report, CurriculumShop.com is quickly making a name for itself in the world of digital fashion retailers. Since its start two years, founder Nicki Podvalej has been driven by her inspirations, entrepreneurial spirit, and the insightful advice of those close to her. Keep reading to learn more about her process and what keys to her success we can all apply to our lives.
Curriculum is more than just another online clothing retailer. It’s a destination where discerning shoppers with an eye for unique pieces come to experience fashion. It’s educational in a way, exposing shoppers to many small brands only available halfway around the world. Late last year I was lucky enough to meet up with the brains behind CurriculumShop.com, Nicki Podvalej, to discuss her retail philosophy, buying process, how she found her way into fashion, and so much more. Your crash course begins now.
Today is International Women’s Day!!! With events like The Women’s March on Washington in January and A Day Without Women going on today, women are truly making their voices heard. On a local level in Toronto I see many different female-focused creative groups like Gxxrls, Sophomore Magazine, and Her Collective creating a platform and safe space for women of all backgrounds to celebrate and support each other.
Back in the summer of last year I teased a preview from a pretty elaborate editorial collaboration I was working on and I’m happy to finally premiere it today. Best part? All female crew! #Girlpower for the win.
It’s so easy to see people we admire or respect, see their work, and associate them only with success. But even our heroes have failed a time or two in their life. For me, success isn’t the absence of failure, success is often about overcoming failure.
You can feel like you wanna quit but don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid to learn. Don’t be afraid to tear it all apart and start from scratch. And embrace it because then there’s things you learn along the way.
The Founders: fuelled by Nike Canada and FoundMissing is focused on creating a new tonality within an empowered voice of Canadian artists – infusing the spirit of sport within their craft. Through each season, the crew will experience a journey anchored to a Nike innovation that intersects with a collision of sports, style, art and culture to start a new conversation, break boundaries and inspire the community.
If you’re a young entrepreneur chasing your dreams, you have my attention. When Tyler Handley of Inkbox Tattoos hit me up asking me to model some new designs for the company, it was an instant yes. Cool designs? Check! Fun in the sun? Check! Count me in 🙂
Keep reading to learn more about the product, how it works, and our shoot day.
On July 11th, Alessia Cara turned 20-years-old. But instead of making herself the focus, she gave us a gift. She released the music video for her third single “Scars To Your Beautiful” on Cosmopolitan.com. And in an instant, the world met a handful of individuals that while different in appearance, share similar stories of triumph over differences. And I was one of those people.
While her latest business endeavor, Orejen Fashion Lab, is a relatively new addition to the world of womenswear, creator Tonya Belle is no fashion rookie. A first generation Canadian of Trinidadian descent, Belle’s professional journey began as a retail store manager after studying fashion management at Seneca College.
From there she became a merchandiser for Tommy Hilfiger, before becoming the first merchandiser ever for luxury fashion retailer, Holt Renfrew. Persistent weekly calls to Holt’s human resource department finally lead to a merchandise associate position in their buying office where she began honing her love for supporting emerging brands.
She had additional buying stints at Sporting Life, Sears, TJ Maxx, and Target totally over 15 years of buying experience before she entered maternity leave and set her sights in a new direction…