Meet the heart and soul of TFI’s Resident program. Our hand-picked, curated group of local fashion entrepreneurs represents the best and brightest in the Canadian fashion scene. Working from our non-profit's HQs located steps from Liberty Village in Toronto, TFI Resident members enjoy 24/7 access to our facility, with or without professional sewing equipment, unlimited mentoring hours and exclusive mentoring time with TFI’s Executive Director, Susan Langdon.
“Over the past few years of being a TFI resident, Susan Langdon and the support of TFI have propelled my business to a point where I now sell in several luxury boutiques around the world. With strong ties to the fashion community, locally and abroad, TFI has arranged many opportunities for me such as a fully sponsored buying trip to Korea and a sales meeting in Philadelphia. Susan also made a personal introduction for me to The Room at HBC which resulted in my largest order for the spring 2015 season.” – SID NEIGUM, TFI Resident (2012 - to present)
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Lesley Hampton is a fashion label founded in 2016 by Canadian Arts and Fashion Award-nominated creative director, designer and First Nation artist Lesley Hampton. The brand focuses on producing exquisite womenswear specializing in eveningwear, After 5 and athleisurewear for women of all ages and sizes. Lesley is a graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree program from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, with a major in Art and Art History, and a concentration in sculpture, photography and videography. She also graduated from the Fashion program at George Brown College. Today, she combines her art history educational background with her ever growing technical skills to develop progressive and inspirational collections.
Timeless designs embodying understated elegance, particularly designed for women with larger busts, is the hallmark of designer Miriam Baker who won the prestigious Suzanne Rogers Award for Most Promising New Label in 2014, and was featured as a designer to watch in Flare magazine. Designed and proudly made in Canada, dresses and separates feature impeccable craftsmanship made from original prints and the highest quality of fabrics.
Life is a series of calculations and the substance of SID NEIGUM, a conceptual, interdisciplinary womenswear label. With a creative process akin to a science experiment, Sid develops a set of rules or constraints, executes these rules, and then examines and tweaks the resulting garments. Every collection is produced in Canada using premium fabrics and achieves balance, between maximalism and minimalism, tradition and innovation, left brain and right brain.
Since debuting in March 2011, Sid has won every Canadian competition for emerging fashion designers starting with the Suzanne Rogers Award for Most Promising New Label (2012), and has set his sights internationally. In 2016, he showed at London Fashion Week as the winner of DHL Exported and has also shown in New York, Milan, Paris and Dubai. SID NEIGUM has been featured on Vogue Runway, ELLE and The Business of Fashion, worn by Winnie Harlow, Coco Rocha and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and is sold at concept shops around the world, including Plan de Ville, Des Kohan, The Room, Maison Simons, Boutique 1, Joyce and Net-A-Porter.
S.P. BADU is a unisex brand that challenges current gender perceptions, incorporating masculine and feminine elements into designs without compromising comfort. Aesthetically futuristic and minimal, drawing inspiration from architecture and inspired by challenging the boundaries of garment creation, designer Spencer Badu introduces elevated streetwear pieces that are conceptual, seasonless and empowering. A$AP Rocky and Young Thug are notable S.P. BADU fans.
More about TFI's Resident Program
Studio rental prices include all utilities and property tax. The co-sharing work space is perfect for jewellery, accessory and apparel designers, stylists and other creative entrepreneurs. Placement in TFI’s prestigious Resident program is by application approval only and not on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re exceptionally talented, have some prior entrepreneurship experience and committed to achieving success, we want to hear from you!
NEW! Short term leases are now available! Click here to take a pre-qualifying survey to join the Resident program.