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Canadian Fashion Connection – VALI

Valerie Dubsky began her career sketching designs. However, when the communist putsch of 1948 closed off Czechoslovakia from the west, she fled her homeland for France with her husband John, and child. John soon received a visa for Canada to … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Erdem Moralioglu

Erdem Moralioglu (pronounced Moralee-oh-glue) was born in Montreal to a Turkish father and English mother. He earned a B.A. in fashion from Ryerson University in Toronto before working as an intern at Vivienne Westwood. After receiving his M.A. from London’s … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Hugh Garber

Born in 1945, Hugh Garber left his native Montreal to study art at Hornsey College of Art in London. Upon graduation he worked as a cook in a kibbutz for 6 months before working at Patrick Barentzen in Rome. Waiting … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Siren

Siren boutique opened at 463 Queen Street West in Toronto in March 1988. It began as a subculture gift store and grew into a record shop that specialized in alternative music, like The Cure and Souxie & the Banshees. By … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Paul Minichiello

Born in Campo Basso, Italy in 1940, Paul Minichiello apprenticed at a local tailor’s shop before immigrating to Vancouver in 1954. He worked for nine years at Tip Top Tailors as well as other tailor shops before opening his own … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Alan Cherry

For over 35 years, Alan Cherry was a Toronto fashion retailer known for his upmarket eye-catching fashions. His grandparents emigrated from Russia to Toronto in 1906 and began a dry cleaning and tailoring business. His mother started her own women’s … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – The Great West Felt Company

In the days before down-filled nylon and double walled synthetic rubber boots, keeping feet warm in cold, snowy weather was made possible with thick felt boots. Felt is an excellent insulator, but only when the weather stays below freezing, its … Continue reading

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Montreal in two days and six exhibitions – Exhibit 1 – Fashioning Expo 67

When the possibility for a few days away could be pried out of the summer schedule, Montreal came up tops as a destination. I especially wanted to see Fashioning Expo 67 because the FHM had loaned a couple of garments … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Master John

Although ‘Master John’ sounds like some kind of fetish shop, it was actually Toronto’s glam-rock boot shop in the 1970s. Stocked with styles that rivalled Vancouver’s Fox & Fluevog, London’s Terry de Havilland or Los Angeles’ Fred Slatten, John Master … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Smallman & Ingram

On September 8, 1877, John Smallman and Lemuel Ingram opened a dry goods business with six employees at 147 Dundas Street in London, Ontario. Aiming to serve the higher-end market with goods imported from Europe,  Smallman and Ingram found success. … Continue reading

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