TORONTO’S REGENT PARK AS A FASHION HUB? THAT’S THE PLAN BEHIND THE FASHION EXCHANGE

FASHIONX6FASHIONX7George Brown College has arrived on Regent Park Boulevard with The Fashion Exchange, offering community-based training for those between 18 and 29. The goal is to help young people find their way into TORONTO’s growing fashion industry. George Brown’s fashion school has already helped 150 youth gain entry-level skills. The 16-week course being offered in Regent Park can only add to that.

FASHIONX4Marilyn McNeil Morin, head of the fashion school says “being right in the community lifts the barriers . . . We realize that increasingly people want to buy made-in-Canada clothes. They’re asking who is making these clothes and how are the workers treated. There’s this whole local accountability attached to it.”

FASHIONX3FASHIONX9George Brown hopes to help grow local small brands and build production expertise in TORONTO. The Fashion Exchange is one of several cultural additions to a once ‘edgy’ neighbourhood. Indeed, a new Regent Park is rising!

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