Elise began putting together over the top outfits as a child and then crying when adults would try to take her photo. She continued experimenting with how to dress until she moved to Bangkok at 18 where she discovered a whole new world of next level Asian fashion. Inspired by what was around her, Elise decided to channel her creative energy into something productive and that’s when she started, A Piece of Elise, a fun-loving fashion blog to which everyone is invited. After completing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, Elise returned to Canada and launched her own collection of silk loungewear under the label ÉLISE and has continued to grow the fashionable story of www.apieceofelise.com.
Lowell Hall (Ireland&Hall)
Lowell Hall has been organizing and managing brand marketing and public relations campaigns across several international markets for over 22 years. He has worked with significant clients like Home Depot, Nike, Coca-Cola, Italpasta, Nascar, and many others in sectors like family and children entertainment, broadcasting, consumer products, finance, and business development. He has received three municipal awards for community investment in PR programs in Boston, San Francisco, and Abu Dhabi. Lowell has also gained a significant amount of PR knowledge from his extensive experiences across the world in the USA, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Rwanda, and India.
Melissa Austria (Gotstyle)
Gotstyle was founded in 2005 by Melissa Austria a menswear industry veteran.
Feeling that Toronto was lacking options when it came to menswear stores she developed the lifestyle concept store Gotstyle. Cheeky from the beginning - our original mission statement was “clothes for guys to get laid in” – we’re into having fun with our customers with legendary parties, fashion shows, and in-store events.
We believe that dressing well shouldn’t be intimidating or elitist and strive to educate and inspire guys on dressing better, we offer different brands for different body types, concentrating on local and international brands at an opening luxury price point.
Kevin Gardiner (Indochino)
Kevin's style is classic with a twist and he often finds fashion inspiration from David Gandy. As a kid, one of Kevin's dreams was to look and feel like James Bond. He started his journey with a menswear blog and soon after received his first opportunity with Brooks Brothers. Now, Kevin is the Showroom Manager at Indochino's Square One showroom and has served two and a half years with the custom apparel brand, where he's proud to dress men so they too can look and feel like 007.
Donna Yasmeen (StylebyDona)
An innovative Creative Director/Fashion Stylist that has been Travelling the Globe, from India to Italy to Iceland, for over 15 years... She is now based in Beautiful British Colombia! Her work ranges from fashion editorials to music videos, album covers, celebrity styling, directing & producing fashion shows/events, personal shopper, model scout and much more. Dona's creative vision runs the gamut from masculine to feminine and from vintage to modern. Her unique sense of style is as beautiful as it is versatile, combining street sophistication with vintage accents and always a modern twist to create her unique brand of elegance. Always a joyful and active collaborator, Dona can bring her unique perspective and insight to any needs of the production including photography, creative direction, set design, shoot production, casting, image consulting and photo editing to name a few.
Chris Zownir (Cuffwear)
Chris Zownir is a former Toronto Bay Street banker who decided to delve into fashion after realizing the lack of creativity in office wear. He entered the corporate world as a commodities trader, and then decided to nurture his creative side and started the men’s fashion accessories brand, Cuffwear Inc. Chris has always incorporated his playfulness and charm into his own personal wardrobe and wanted to help other professionals do the same.
Chris recently developed the world’s first cufflink vending machine for major US airports and his Cuffwear brand continues to expand in the retail, corporate and US Collegiate markets.