From an Industrial Engineering degree and being the former In-Arena Host for the Toronto Maple Leafs to winning Miss Universe Canada 2017 and placing in the Top 10 at Miss Universe, Lauren has a mix of backgrounds.
Currently, Lauren works for Stagwell Technologies, is a correspondent for Breakfast Television and Cityline and is producing a documentary and YouTube series. This year, she was the fashion correspondent for the national broadcast of the 2019 Grammy Awards Red Carpet show on CityTV.
Having a keen interest in the intersecting worlds of sports, STEM and style, she has started to spend more time behind the scenes from the design stand point and will be releasing a jewelry collaboration with NOGU later in 2019.
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.
Elise Purdon (APieceofElise)
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.
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.
Kassius Denizen (MR. KAIZEN)
Kassius Denizen aka Mr Kaizen, is a recognized expert in the men’s lifestyle industry. He is a certified Life and Executive coach, image consultant and trained tailor. As the former fashion editor for Chrome Magazine, and current lifestyle correspondent to Swaggermagazine.com and ViewtheVIBE.com. Denizen provides speaking engagements on two cable TV shows and other speaking events. Through his years of experience in the men’s lifestyle industry, Denizen has built a men’s clothing brand, Mr. Kaizen. Its philosophy – “Elevate Your Style of Life.”
Jay Cheng (Jaycow)
Internationally Acclaimed Milliner and Style Icon Jay Cheng, Founder of Jaycow Millinery is known both for her playful innovation and her meticulous craftsmanship. Since beginning her career in Fashion and Design in Hong Kong over 25 years ago, Jay has produced countless editorials and runway shows, executed a wide range of costume, wardrobe, and styling for film, television, print, commercial, and live performances.
Her international clientele include private hat-lovers, brides, costume designers, and renowned celebrities. Drawing on her background as a Creative Producer, Jay has an instinct for bringing out the unique personality, flair and poetics of an individual through her Millinery creations. A highlight of her success has been being able to become a teacher of the millinery arts, Jay has been invited to run workshops and masterclasses in cities such as: Hong Kong, New York, London, Los Angeles, San Diego, Shanghai, and Toronto.
Arjun Shewale (AMOR ELISE)
To develop the most comfortable high heels for women, and make women jealous of men's shoes" is the mission of his life.
Based in Toronto, Arjun has been a Competitive Latin Dancer since 2010. He and his fellow dance teammates always desired beautiful and comfortable party shoes so they could dance all night long pain-free. But they struggled to find such shoes, so Arjun decided to design them himself.
Leveraging his 4-year career in fashion and understanding footwear innovation with prominent Canadian brands, Arjun launched AMOR ELISE brand in 2016. Crafted with the finest materials, AMOR ELISE shoes deliver unmatched dancesport performance and comfort for hours and are loved by Latin Dancers and dapper gentlemen alike.