Indigenous Designers Showroom
The Indigenous Designers Showroom is a virtual showroom exclusively in partnership with Canadian retailer La Maison Simons. The initiative focuses on growing Indigenous representation in the Canadian fashion industry by growing visibility and business relations between the retailer and Indigenous designers.
IFWTO invites Indigenous designers and artists to apply free of charge to the Showroom with their fashion, jewellery, textile prints, visual arts and craft works for viewing by all departments at Simons. Simons buys various types of products from season to season based on changing factors. We are currently seeking works from artists and designers specializing in textile prints, visual arts, graphic design and homeware. Works selected from the Showroom will be printed on Simons products or manufactured for retail at Simons.
Indigenous Fashion Arts and Simons will only contact applicants whose work is selected for acquisition.
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Indigenous Fashion Arts (IFA) is a multi-platform non-profit organization for Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textile arts. We explore the deep connections between mainstream fashion, Indigenous art and traditional practice through artist development, public engagement and sector innovation. IFA’s primary activity is the biennial Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto festival. Our programming and initiatives challenge perceptions of and celebrate Indigenous people and our culture with integrity, innovation and excellence. With amplified visibility of and led by Indigenous women, Indigenous Fashion Arts is bold, inclusive and accessible.
About La Maison Simons
Simons was founded in 1840 by John Simons as a dry goods store in Quebec City and has since built its reputation on being an accessible and inspired fashion brand. Simons is led by brothers Peter and Richard Simons who carry on the family legacy and the brand’s commitment to cultivating creativity, building meaningful relationships with staff, partners and customers, and being mindful of the environment and the communities where they do business.
Simons offers an extensive and fashion-forward collection of its own exclusive and innovative private label brands for men and women, complemented by today’s leading labels, discovery brands from around the world and an edited collection of Canadian and international designers, making it well known for its exceptional selection of merchandise for everyone. Simons also carries home fashions for the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
All 15 Simons stores are compelling, original environments that inspire customers through fashion, art and architecture.