CANADIAN CELEBRITIES TO WALK THE RUNWAY AT TOM*

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CANADIAN CELEBS TO WALK THE RUNWAY AT TOM* TORONTO MEN’S FASHION WEEK IN SUPPORT OF THE KOL HOPE FUND AT SICKKIDS

TORONTO, August 8, 2016 – Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) today announced the lineup of Canadian celebrities for its Spring/Summer 2017 MensFashion4Hope, TOM*s charitable initiative, the only male celebrity fashion show in the country. The runway presentation will take place on opening night, Thursday, August 18th at 8:00 p.m. at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens). All proceeds raised during MensFashion4Hope will go towards SickKids Hospital  through the Kol Hope Foundation for Children.

MensFashion4Hope will be styled by one of Canada’s top men’s clothing stores, GOTSTYLE™. Notable celebrities to be styled by GOTSTYLE™ include Patrick Patterson (Power Forward/Centre, Toronto Raptors), Harrison James (Principal Dancer, The National Ballet of Canada), Director X (Award-Winning Director), Colin Mochrie (Actor/Comedian), Kristian Bruun (Actor, Orphan Black), Michael Hyatt (Investor, Business Expert & TV Personality, Next Gen Den), Roger Doche (Actor, Transporter: The Series), Massimo Capra (Celebrity Chef, Chopped Canada Judge), Brad Smith (Host, Chopped Canada), Mocha Frap (Radio Host, Kiss 92.5), Jacob Mossop ( Entertainment Reporter, ET Canada), Alan Carter (Anchor & Queen’s Park Bureau Chief, Global News), Faizal Khamisa (Sports Anchor, Sportsnet), Dr. John Dempster (Naturopathic Doctor), Caspar Haydar (TV Personality, Floral & Interior Design Expert), Todd Shapiro (Host, The Todd Shapiro Show), Jack Greystone (Model), Dr. Cory Torgerson (Plastic Surgeon), Shaun Proulx (Media Personality, The Shaun Proulx Show), Mohamad Fakih (CEO, Paramount Fine Foods) and Joshua Hendin (Entrepreneur).
Kol Hope Foundation for Children is a Canadian charitable organization, established by TOM* Founder and Executive Director Jeff Rustia, that is dedicated to supporting children with disabilities. This season, MensFashion4Hope will continue to raise money through multiple channels, including “MAKE EVERY STEP COUNT; a campaign in which show attendees (as well as the public) can donate to their favourite Canadian runway celebs before, after and during the show.
Last season, MensFashion4Hope raised $27,500 for the Kol Hope Fund at SickKids, which has now brought its cumulative total to $135,000.
To purchase tickets or donate to the Kol Hope Foundation for Children, go to:tomfw.com/tickets.
TO REGISTER FOR MEDIA/INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION, CLICK HERE.
About TOM*
 

Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) is the eighth men’s fashion week in the world. TOM* is the most influential platform in Canada for menswear designers and brands. TOM* is a semi-annual event showcasing Spring/Summer in August and Fall/Winter in February featuring cutting edge runway presentations, TOM* Talks, power brunches, industry meet n’ greets, trunk shows and showrooms. Finally, men’s fashion has a face and a name: TOM*.

 

 

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For media inquiries about TOM*, please contact:
Jessica Domingo, 416-894-0509, jdomingo@tomfw.com
Director X, Award-Winning Music Video Director
Colin Mochrie, Actor/Comedian
Harrison James_ Principal Dancer_ The National Ballet of Canada
Harrison James, Principal Dancer, The National Ballet of Canada

Press Releases Spring / Summer 2017

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TOM* TORONTO MEN’S FASHION WEEK PARTNERS WITH
THE CITY OF TORONTO FOR TOM* BEATLEMANIA

TORONTO, July 22, 2016 – Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*), in partnership with the City of Toronto, is excited to announce a fashion presentation paying homage to the iconic band, the Beatles, titled TOM* Beatlemania. The fashion show will take place onSaturday, August 20th, 2016 at Ryersons’ Mattamy Athletic Centre (former Maple Leaf Gardens).

This fashion show is one of the events marking the 50th anniversary of when the Beatles last performed in Toronto. Mayor Tory has proclaimed the week of August 13 to 21 as BEATLES 50 T.O. Week in Toronto.
To celebrate the anniversary, the City of Toronto is  collaborating with curators, collectors, musicians, community partners and sponsors to create ’60s-themed exhibits and events under the banner BEATLES 50 T.O.,  including TOM* Beatlemania at TOM*.
From formal to daywear looks, TOM* Beatlemania will feature fashion inspired by the Beatles from many of Canada’s most prolific designers.
“The Beatles has and always will be a legendary band, from their music to their style,” says Jeff Rustia, Executive Director and Founder of TOM*. “We are very excited to be a part of BEATLES 50 T.O. with The City of Toronto. The Beatles continue to be influential style icons in men’s fashion, as they are known for starting trends such as mop tops and Chelsea boots that are still popular today.”
“This event will be a highlight of the City’s BEATLES 50 T.O. program,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee.  “The City is delighted to partner with TOM* on such an innovative fashion experience.”
At 6:00 p.m. on the second runway day of TOM*, TOM* Beatlemania will showcase  Beatles inspired looks from: Rudsak, Christopher Bates, Philippe Dubuc, Dalla, SWAM, Caffery Van Horne, Shelli Oh, HENDRIXROE, Joao Paulo Guedes, Xian, L’Momo, Candace Daniela, Finezza, Pedram Karimi, Jason Meyers, Kenneth Barlis, Alan Ta, Thomas Henry, Diodati, Zane Barlas, and O’Kana.
About TOM*
Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) is the eighth men’s fashion week in the world. TOM* is the most influential platform in Canada for menswear designers and brands. TOM* is a semi-annual event showcasing Spring/Summer in August and Fall/Winter in February featuring cutting edge runway presentations, TOM* Talks, power brunches, industry meet n’ greets, trunk shows and showrooms. Finally, men’s fashion has a face and a name: TOM*.
Twitter: @tom_fw
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For more information on BEATLES 50 T.O. events please visit:

 

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Jessica Domingo, 416-894-0509, jdomingo@tomfw.com
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Georgia Esporlas & Nick Merzetti
MODELS from Elite Models
 
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THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE JOHN LENNON SIGNATURE COLLECTION LAUNCHES AT TOM* TORONTO MEN’S FASHION SPRING/SUMMER 2017

TORONTO, July 25, 2016 – Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*), in partnership with Caulfeild Apparel Group, is excited to announce the John Lennon Signature Collection to be premiered on the TOM* runway this S/S 17 season. The fashion show will take place on Saturday, August 20 at 7pm at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton St, Toronto.

John Lennon was a music legend, cultural icon, world peace advocate, artist, poet and rebel style hero.  Inspired by Lennon’s art, music and personal style, Caulfeild Apparel Group has created the John Lennon Signature Collection.  The integrity of the John Lennon brand is held by Yoko Ono’s participation.
“Imagine John Lennon walking the streets of London, what would you see? Imagine in his prime what John Lennon would wear today?  That is where the design comes from,” says Kelly Pettit, Designer and Divisional Vice President at Caulfeild Apparel Group. “This iconic figure and his legendary music, art and personal style remain at the forefront of the collection.  I wanted the collection to be eclectic and vibrant with a modern feel. The Signature Collection is pieces inspired by the lifestyle and persona of John Lennon.  A collection of wovens, trousers, leathers and graphic tees that will resonate with people that want the world to be as one.”
“I am very impressed with how our team at Caulfeild has fused together John Lennon’s art, music, and emotion into a modern collection of clothing for today’s fashionable man says Michael Purkis, President of Caulfeild Apparel Group.  “Rock and Roll and fashion will always be intertwined, and the John Lennon Signature Collection is the perfect fusion – just like the perfect song combines lyrics and music – this collection fuses fashion and Lennon!”
The Signature Collection utilizes the best fabrics in Europe, some from London’s famed ‘Liberty’ to recreate garments that John wore then, and would wear today.  The styling is reminiscent of the sixties, but adapted to today’s modern silhouette.  The neck yoke features a multi-coloured, embroidered, John Lennon self-portrait, and in many of the prints Lennon’s actual lyrics are used in the intricate design.   The clothes within this collection will resonate with people that want the world to be as one, and that want to give peace a chance.
“John Lennon was an artist committed to authenticity and instilled kindness and light through his art,” says Jeff Rustia, Executive Director and Founder of TOM*. “We are honoured to premiere this collection at TOM* and believe it will evoke the emotions of the audience and represent the personas that were and still are, John Lennon.”
About Caulfeild Apparel Group Ltd.
Caulfeild Apparel Group Ltd.was established in 1886 as a retailer of fine woolen goods from England.  From that small storefront on Front Street in downtown Toronto, Caulfeild Apparel Group Ltd has remained a privately owned and operated Canadian Company that has evolved through many stages of the apparel industry to emerge today as the country’s foremost supplier of brand apparel. Over the years we’ve built long-term relationships with manufacturers and top retailers in North America. There’s something to be said about 130 years of experience. www.caulfeild.com.
Twitter: @CaulfeildHQ
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For media inquiries about The John Lennon Signature Menswear Collection, please contact:
Anne Vranic, Strut Entertainment, 416-861-0387, anne@strutentertainment.com
 or Samantha Pickard, Strut Entertainment, 416-861-0387,samantha@strutentertainment.com
About TOM*
Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) is the eighth men’s fashion week in the world. TOM* is the most influential platform in Canada for menswear designers and brands. TOM* is a semi-annual event showcasing Spring/Summer in August and Fall/Winter in February featuring cutting edge runway presentations, TOM* Talks, power brunches, industry meet n’ greets, trunk shows and showrooms. Finally, men’s fashion has a face and a name: TOM*.
Twitter: @tom_fw
Instagram: @tom_fw
Website: tomfw.com

 

For media inquiries about TOM*, please contact:
Jessica Domingo, 416-894-0509, jdomingo@tomfw.com
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TOM* TORONTO MEN’S FASHION WEEK RECOGNIZED AS #1 FASHION INDUSTRY EVENT AND AMONG TOP 100 EVENTS IN TORONTO BY BIZBASH

TORONTO, July 28, 2016 – BizBash, the leading global events industry publication and platform, this week recognized Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) among its Top 100 Events in Toronto, and ranks TOM* as the #1 fashion industry event.

“On behalf of BizBash, I would like to congratulate Toronto Men’s Fashion Week on being named to the 2016 list of Top 100 Events in Toronto!” says Brittany Bucceroni, Marketing Manager at BizBash. “Every year, the BizBash editors research events throughout Toronto, continually looking to recognize the most influential annual gatherings in the area, and they are proud to include your outstanding event in the 2016 list.”
BizBash describes TOM* as having grown to be “the most influential fashion event in Toronto.”
“We are honoured by this accolade and recognition, particularly coming from BizBash, who are experts in event marketing strategies and have their pulse on the most creative and excellent events in the world. Thank you!” says Jeff Rustia, Founder and Executive Director of TOM*.

The full 2016 list of Top 100 Events in Toronto can be found at www.bizbash.com/top-100.

TOM*s Spring/Summer 2017 Collections will showcase some of Canada’s most talented menswear designers at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens) from August 15, 2016 to August 21, 2016.
About TOM*
Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) is the eighth men’s fashion week in the world. TOM* is the most influential platform in Canada for menswear designers and brands. TOM* is a semi-annual event showcasing Spring/Summer in August and Fall/Winter in February featuring cutting edge runway presentations, TOM* Talks, power brunches, industry meet n’ greets, trunk shows and showrooms. Finally, men’s fashion has a face and a name: TOM*.
Twitter: @tom_fw
Instagram: @tom_fw
Website: tomfw.com

 

For media inquiries about TOM*, please contact:
Jessica Domingo, 416-894-0509, jdomingo@tomfw.com

Press Releases Fall / Winter 2017

 

 

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TOM* FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JEFF RUSTIA, HONOURED IN CALGARY WITH THE PRESTIGIOUS WHITE HAT

TORONTO, July 18, 2016 – Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) Founder & Executive Director, Jeff Rustia, was recently presented with the prestigious White Hat during TOM*s Calgary fashion night, Couture Cowboy last Thursday. The local equivalent to receiving the Keys to the City, the White Hat is reserved for only Heads of States, dignitaries and celebrities. Past recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Prince William and Kate Middleton and many more.

“I am very grateful and touched by this incredible honour, ” says Rustia. “I am proud to call myself an Honorary Calgarian! This is a wonderful city with great people, food, and of course, style”.

A powerhouse in the entertainment and fashion industry, Rustia has become a leading influencer in bringing the Canadian men’s fashion scene into national and international territory within the last two years. Since the summer of 2014, Rustia has brought Canadian menswear from the shadows of female-focused fashion shows, into the spotlight. TOM* became an initiative for him to show Canada and the world what Canadian menswear designers have to offer the fashion industry. Since the beginning, Rustia’s work with TOM* has attracted the attention of leading international magazines like GQ, Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, V Man, Forbes and Schön! Magazine as well national coverage giving the talented menswear designers the attention they deserve. His efforts have also been influential in launching the careers of TOM*s Emerging Menswear Designer Award (EMDA) winners, Joao Paulo Guedes and 3.Paradis.

Rustia is not only an advocate for fashion, but a fighter for children with disabilities in Canada. Inspired by his late son who suffered from Trisomy 13 syndrome, he began the Kol Hope Foundation to help fund programs for sick and disabled kids. Since its inception, Rustia and his charity have raised over $265,000 for various organizations including SickKids and Easter Seals Canada.

With TOM* only a few weeks away, Rustia continues to empower Canadian menswear designers and raise money for charities in need.

About TOM*

Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) is the eighth men’s fashion week in the world. TOM* is the most influential platform in Canada for menswear designers and brands. TOM* is a semi-annual event showcasing Spring/Summer in August and Fall/Winter in February featuring cutting edge runway presentations, TOM* Talks, power brunches, industry meet n’ greets, trunk shows and showrooms. Finally, men’s fashion has a face and a name: TOM*.

Twitter: @tom_fw
Instagram: @tom_fw
Facebook: Toronto Mens Fashion Week
Website: tomfw.com

Contact:
Jessica Domingo, 416-894-0509, jdomingo@tomfw.com

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TOM* TORONTO MEN’S FASHION WEEK MOVES INTO THE MATTAMY ATHLETIC CENTRE, FORMERLY MAPLE LEAF GARDENS

MEDIA & INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION IS NOW OPEN

TORONTO – July 11, 2016 – Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) today announced its new home at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens. This historic landmark is the official event venue for the next season showcasing the best menswear design from established to emerging designers. TOM* continues its partnership with Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (DYBIA) for the Spring/Summer 2017 season taking place August 15, 2016 to August 21, 2016.

“With the phenomenal growth of TOM* in just the past two years, we needed to move to a bigger venue,” says Jeff Rustia, Executive Director and Founder of TOM*. “And what a great honour it is for TOM* to call this historic building our new home, known for hosting some of Canada’s most epic events, including the last performance of the Beatles in Toronto exactly 50 years ago. We are excited for TOM* to become a part of its history and heritage through showcasing men’s fashion in the heart of the city.”

A member of the DYBIA, the Mattamy Athletic Centre is a recognized Ontario Heritage site. Originally known as Maple Leaf Gardens, the venue opened its doors on November 12, 1931 being home to twelve Canadian sports teams and hosting legends such Muhammad Ali, Winston Churchill, and music notables, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Madonna, The Who, Neil Young and many more. Located at the corner of Church and Carlton, this historical landmark was brought back to life and continues to attract new audiences just as it did 81 years ago.

“The Mattamy Athletic Centre is proud to host Canada’s premier showcase for menswear designers and brands,” says Dan Berger, General Manager of the Mattamy Athletic Centre. “We are looking forward to a growing relationship with TOM* in the years to come.”

TOM* Spring/Summer 2017 season will showcase collections from: Caffery Van Horne, Candace Daniela, Diodati By Luca Galaardo, Finezza, SWAM, HENDRIXROE, Joao Paulo Guedes, Zane Barlas, Xian, L’Momo, Kollar and O’Kana.

Highlights this season will include MensFashion4Hope and the return of the WFG Emerging Menswear Designer Award (EMDA). MensFashion4Hope, taking place on the Thursday, will showcase Canadian male celebrities wearing the latest menswear from GOTSTYLE™ with proceeds raised for the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) through the Kol Hope Foundation for Children. The WFG EMDA’s will close off the runway presentations on the Saturday featuring Canada’s top five emerging Canadian menswear designers in competition for a grand prize of $10,000 sponsored by World Financial Group.

Runway presentations will begin Thursday, August 18 and continue through to August 21.

Media & Industry Registration and the official schedule can be found at:

About TOM*

Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) is the eighth men’s fashion week in the world. TOM* is the most influential platform in Canada for menswear designers and brands. TOM* is a semi-annual event showcasing Spring/Summer in August and Fall/Winter in February featuring cutting edge runway presentations, TOM* Talks, power brunches, industry meet n’ greets, trunk shows and showrooms. Finally, men’s fashion has a face and a name: TOM*.

Twitter: @tom_fw
Instagram: @tom_fw

Website: tomfw.com

About Mattamy Athletic Centre

As a recognized Ontario Heritage site, the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens has been transformed into an impressively advanced athletic facility while preserving the treasures of the past.

The state of-th-art facility features a 2,400 seat NHL-sized arena on the third floor underneath the iconic Maple Leaf Gardens domed ceiling. The second level contains a multipurpose 1,000 seat gymnasium as well as a fitness centre and high-performance training area.

The facility is used by a unique cross-section of Ryerson University students, varsity athletes, faculty and staff, mixed with community members from around the GTA. Numerous private leagues, third party rentals and community groups keep the facility operating at complete capacity year-round.

About DYBIA

The Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (DYBIA) is a non-profit organization that works on behalf of over 2,000 local businesses and property owners to create a more vibrant and safe downtown. The heart of the city, this neighbourhood offers spectacular shopping and dining experiences on Yonge Street, in the world-famous Toronto Eaton Centre and throughout a diverse array of stores and restaurants in the area. Outdoor concerts, live theatre, community festivals call this home. DYBIA is accessible from Queen, Dundas and College subway stations.

Contact:

Jessica Domingo, 416-894-0509, jdomingo@tomfw.com