Resident Members 

Our hand-picked group of fashion entrepreneurs represents the best and brightest in the Canadian fashion scene. Resident members enjoy access to our co-sharing space, and unlimited mentoring time during their membership term.

About the Resident Program

To get ahead in fashion, you need to understand business. Our prestigious, by-application-only Resident Membership Program gets this. We offer exceptional, emerging talents space where they can work and grow their business into a financial success.

Get shared access to shared maker space, exclusive mentoring from Susan Langdon, our award-winning executive director, and more! Space is available based on qualifications and vacancy. 

Contact TFI if you'd like to learn more
TFI resident Sid Neigum working in the studio

“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 (2012-2022)

Featured Resident

An off shoulder dress designed by Jessie Da Silva worn by a model

Jessie Da Silva


Before the creation of her namesake apparel label, Jessie Da Silva studied Fashion Design and Fashion Business at George Brown College. It was there that she discovered an obsession with design, technique and ethical production. After assisting designers, managing boutiques, and interning with the wardrobe director of ET Canada, it became clear what was next.

In September 2016, Jessie presented her SS17 collection at Vancouver Fashion Week which garnered exposure in ELLE Canada and Vogue UK. In 2018, Jessie's SS18 collection was available at CONCEPT at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The womenswear brand is now available at Hudson’s Bay. Today, celebrities such as Lottie Moss, Grego Minot, Liz Trinnear, Mouna Traore, Emilia McCarthy, and Melanie Scrofano can be spotted wearing Jessie Da Silva’s swoon-worthy pieces that are all ethically-made in Canada.

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