Pairing different iconic fashion stars with diverse young entrepreneurs in candid mentorship exchanges to highlight Canada’s milestones and promote our future.
Episode 1 – DAVID DIXON x MICHAEL ZOFFRANIERI
DAVID DIXON – daviddixon.ca – Born in Toronto, Canada and trained at the prestigious Ryerson University, David Dixon enjoys tremendous media acclaim and stands out among that of his Canadian contemporaries as one of the leaders in women’s fashion design.
Dixon apprenticed with well-known Canadian designer Alfred Sung and in 1995, established the David Dixon label. Starting out at the Toronto Fashion Incubator, a highly respected organization focused on assisting new designers, he began wholesaling and manufacturing his line and in 1999, David left the incubator to his own design and production studio based in Toronto. David Dixon remains affiliated with the Incubator by sitting on their Board as an advisor.
Today, David Dixon is sold across Canada, the United States, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong and Tokyo. He possesses a modernist openness towards emerging design and rejects the notion of radically changing from one fashion trend to another. Dixon’s innovative designs have won him a following among the elite communities of film and fashion including; Jann Arden, Pamela Anderson, Meg Ryan, Wendy Crewson, Ashley MacIsaac, Holly Cole, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kari Matchett, Paul Gross and newcomer Kristen Booth.
The overriding theme in Dixon’s collection is quite elegance. His belief is that women respond first to colour and texture, so when silhouettes are simplified and modern, he can explore with textiles. Whether it’s creating signature fabrics or searching the globe for new fabrications, Dixon’s clothing combines luxury with the functional and fantasy with sensibility.
MICHAEL ZOFFRANIERI – zoffranieri.com – Founded on the principle of “Art is Movement,” the ZOFF woman is fearless in her approach to self-love. She dresses to pamper herself first. The ZOFF woman is courageous, intelligent, and witty. At ZOFF, we are storytellers, and above all, dreamers.
Born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, Michael Zoffranieri’s foray into fashion began with a hand sewn owl pin cushion. Soon after, he had the opportunity to apprentice at David Dixon. After graduating from Ryerson university’s renowned School of Fashion in 2016, ZOFF began it’s journey. Shortly after, ZOFF received the Suzanne Rogers Award for Most Promising New Label of 2017 during Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels competition.
Whether it is your special day, or it is for your next social gathering, ZOFF is your go to for exactly what you are looking for: A luxurious experience.
The TFI: Fashion Through Tomorrow’s Eyes series is part of: MODECANADA150 – Celebrating one hundred and fifty years of Canada’s contribution to the world of fashion / Célébrant cent cinquante années de contribution du Canada au monde de la mode.
The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), marking its 30th year of mentoring and promoting young fashion entrepreneurs, is MODECANADA150’s exclusive not-for-profit beneficiary.
Find out more about TFI at fashionincubator.com.