Grad turns her passion for fashion into her dream career

A grad of U of A’s fashion business management program, Frances Heaton gained a deep understanding of the industry and a strong network

Grad turns her passion for fashion into her dream careerFrances Heaton has always loved dabbling in fashion design, even creating her own figure skating outfits as a kid. “It’s like art, but with human bodies, which has always intrigued me.” Fast-forward to spring of 2021, as she becomes one of the first graduates of the University of Alberta’s bachelor of science in fashion business…

Our relationship with our stuff is mutual, says U of A researcher

Study of fashion blogger’s account of wearing the same dress every day for a year shows how much we depend on possessions

Our relationship with our stuff is mutual, says U of A researcherWhen you exclaim “I love that!” about a favourite possession, do you really mean it? A University of Alberta study based on a fashion blog is asking people to think more deeply about what they own – and whether they really need to buy more. A year of reflections in Frock Around the Clock, a blog about…

Sonny Vaccaro deserves more from The Last Dance

The man who is trying to give college athletes their due inexplicably doesn't appear in Chicago Bulls documentary

Sonny Vaccaro deserves more from The Last DanceSonny Vaccaro is to basketball what Marvin Miller was to baseball. They both have had a profound impact on their games; they both fought valiantly for athletes’ rights; and each of them had to deal with a power establishment that tried to rub them out. The latest example is ESPN’s The Last Dance documentary about…

How do we shake China’s firm grasp after COVID-19?

We have surrendered far too much control of the economy to the Chinese, from sports equipment to broader supply chains

How do we shake China’s firm grasp after COVID-19?We’ve apparently reached halftime in the media’s battle against COVID-19, and the savants are doing highlight packs of the big plays and terrible mistakes made so far. It’s not a pretty picture. It would be nice if we could use the sports system of replays to go back and correct a few things from a…

Fashion retailer Forever 21 closing its Canadian stores

The chain has 44 stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia and employs approximately 2,000 people

Fashion retailer Forever 21 closing its Canadian storesFashion retailer Forever 21 says it plans to close its 44 stores in Canada. The company announced in a news release that Forever 21 Canada filed for and was granted protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) in Toronto. PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. was appointed as monitor in…

Plenty of great hair days at Chatters

President Greg Moreau talks about how the largest distributor and retailer of professional hair care goods in Canada plans to keep building the brand

Plenty of great hair days at ChattersGreg Moreau is president and CEO of Chatters. Tell me a bit about Chatters. What do you specialize in? Moreau: Chatters is the largest distributor and retailer of professional hair care goods in Canada, and the third largest in North America with a 60/40 business of retail to service. From products to service, our specialty…

Ellinor Stenroos strives to create jewelry that makes people smile

Silversmith, jewelry designer and founder of EVStenroos talks about making pieces that are beautiful, functional and problem-free

Ellinor Stenroos strives to create jewelry that makes people smileEllinor Stenroos is a silversmith, jewelry designer and founder of EVStenroos. What is EVStenroos and what do you do? Stenroos: EVStenroos is not only my first two initials and last name, but also what I named my brand and company. My business and brand logo is EVS, and my work is marked with the initials…

Malika Rajani puts the accent on high style and quality

Leather and outerwear designer is making an impact internationally with her edgy creations

Malika Rajani puts the accent on high style and qualityMalika Rajani is founder and creative director of Malika Rajani - Leather and Outerwear. Tell me about your business and what you do? Rajani: I’m an independent Canadian fashion designer. I started my namesake outerwear line after graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York City. I specialize in leather and wool and cashmere…

Taking the Alberta look around the globe

Kelly Streit talks about why Mode Models International has caught the attention of the fashion world

Taking the Alberta look around the globeKelly Streit is founder, president and CEO of Mode Models International. Tell me about the history of Mode Models and why you founded it? Streit: I have always loved fashion; even in high school. I would scour the magazines and had a huge wall of tearsheets in my room of images that I loved and…

Calgary-based Curvy Collective wins ATB crowdfunding competition

The competition raised close to $230,000, an average of over $12,000 for each of the 19 pitches

Calgary-based Curvy Collective wins ATB crowdfunding competitionCalgary entrepreneur Aymie Rondeau has captured ATB Financial’s Build Her Business crowdfunding competition, raising just over $9,000 to create an online shopping platform that offers inclusive designer fashion for plus-sized women not available in Canada. “We believe that plus-sized women deserve safe, non-judgmental spaces to shop in, and the same quality of service and design,…

‘A true disruptor:’ Indochino changing the menswear landscape

Drew Green is ‘creating a superior alternative to off-the-rack clothing at ready-to-wear prices’

‘A true disruptor:’ Indochino changing the menswear landscapeDrew Green is president and CEO of Indochino. Calgary’s Business: How did Indochino get started? Green: Indochino has been built at scale, based on the belief that consumers don't need to spend a fortune on a custom wardrobe. We took the premium made-to-measure experience direct to the consumer, creating a superior alternative to off-the-rack clothing…