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Fashion Jobs – Fashion News Recap

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

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Bottega Veneta to Open First Canadian Standalone
Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre is quickly becoming a coveted spot for designer brand’s looking to open standalone stores. The latest to announce its Canadian debut is Bottega Veneta, expected to open this coming winter. The 4700 square foot space will open across from Holt Renfrew Men’s and beside Hugo Boss. Vancouver International Airport carries a range of Bottega Veneta accessories in their concession and you can find smaller collections of the luxury brand at department stores across the country, however, this will be the first full-line store to land in Canada.


Fenty Beauty Pops Up
On Wednesday, The Pennsy in Pennsylvania Plaza was home to a pop-up shop for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna. The event was in celebration of the new fall 2018 Moroccan Spice collection and was the first in a series of pop-ups for the popular makeup line. The theme was Moroccan Spice Market chic, complete with a hookah lounge, an Instagrammable supersize eyeshadow palette, products for guests to shop from the new and previous collections and even tents to try the collection, applied by global makeup artists.


Wear Your Label Partners with Hudson’s Bay
Wear Your Label was created with the idea of ending the stigma around mental illness. When creators of the company, Kayley Reed and Kyle MacNevin connected over their love of fashion and their personal struggles with mental health, the brand was created as a line of products with slogans such as “stigma free” and “it’s ok not to be ok”. Now, Hudson’s Bay has partnered with the brand to launch an exclusive “THE FUTURE IS STIGMA FREE” T-shirt in support of mental health awareness. The unisex T-shirts went on sale yesterday at and all proceeds will be donated to  Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.


Chloe Joins Yorkdale Shopping Centre
And another one for Toronto’s highly appealing luxury zone! The Paris-based designer brand has set up shop in Toronto – the brand’s first Canadian standalone location. The stunning new space is the first in North America to feature Chloe’s new boutique concept. Bright and open, the store is highlighted with polished brass, marble, and oak, perfectly showcasing a full range of accessories, footwear, leather goods, jewellery and ready-to-wear collections.



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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Fashion Jobs – Five Tips for Switching Career Paths

Friday, June 29th, 2018

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The thought of switching careers can seem daunting, but speaking from experience, it’s completely doable! Whether you’re in a field that you don’t enjoy, or you’re looking to return to the workforce after some time off, choosing to do what makes you happy should be the first important step on your new career journey. Once you’ve committed to go for it, the rest is all downhill! If you’re considering switching fields, We’ve put together a list of five tips on how to get started and make the transition as easy as possible.


There are different ways to go about making the switch to a new career, but researching the field you’re interested in is a great place to begin. Find out as much information as possible on things like the types of jobs that are currently available in your new field of choice, how much you can expect to make in those roles, and whether any technical skills are required in order to get hired.


Chat with professionals
An easy way to learn more about a new industry is to speak to someone directly involved in it. Schedule some one on one time with professionals in the field you’re looking to move into, and learn from their experience. You’ll get a sense of what their work life looks like, which will help you decide if it’s the right career path for you.


Once you’ve found the industry and career path that fits with your goals, it’s time to start networking. Look for professional groups in your area to connect with others in your industry. You never know who you might meet to introduce you to the job of your dreams!

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Volunteering is especially important if you’re looking to switch into an industry where you don’t already have any firsthand experience. Use your spare time wisely to get ahead by writing, volunteering at events, or putting any of your existing skills to use. It’s a great way to break into your new industry and get a taste of what to expect in potential future roles.


Hit the Books
If all else fails, you may need to head back to school to brush up on your skills. This is the route I took to change my career path, and it ended up being the best decision I could have made. Through continued education, I was exposed to other people who were passionate about the same things as I was. I also received plenty of guidance as I figured out my next professional steps, and built a network of colleagues that I still keep in touch with today.


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By Kate Mendonca, Toronto, @kate.mendonca

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Fashion Jobs – Warm Weather Shoes to Strut from the Office to Happy Hour

Monday, June 4th, 2018

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With the days getting longer and our favourite patios opening for the season, the summer months are slowly handing us back our post-work social lives. No longer are the evenings of rushing in snowy weather and darkness from work to dinner, and quickly home to sit in sweats with a bottle of wine. We’re finally able to sneak in a couple more hours of fun in the sun after a hard day’s work! This means we need outfits that can last through business meetings all the way to nightcaps and the most important piece has to footwear. The two things you want to look for is a style that works both at the office and out on the town, and most importantly is comfortable all day long. We’ve held these requirements close while putting together this list of shoes to strut from the office to happy hour in, packed with a little something for everyone!

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Boogie Nights
Summer is the time to play with colour in your wardrobe and what better way than a bright pair of shoes! These 70’s retro feel platform heels are the perfect balance of work appropriate and dancefloor fun! Not to mention the block heel and front platform really help relieve pressure on your feet from carrying your body weight all day. The coral colour is a great choice for the season, but they are also available in black for a more conservative/classic look.

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Walk A Couple Blocks
If you were ever looking for the perfect tie-up block heel sandal for summer, these would probably have to be it. Everything from the clean-cut block heel, simple colourway and the perfect balance of a tie-up sandal with support make this heel perfect for all-day wear! Rock these with everything from your favourite culottes or pencil dress to a casual pair of jeans!

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Minimally Chic
The shoes of the season have to be low block heeled mule sandals and they’re the perfect pick for around the office or a night out on the town. We recommend pairing these with a good pair of cropped slacks or office-appropriate sundress. They come in four different colours but we’re loving the white colour to keep up with the white shoe trend that is continuing on for spring/summer.

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Moscow Mules
Another great pair of mules on our list are these blush Avec Les Filles strappy mules in the perfect shade of blush. This shoe checks off everything on our list – versatile, comfortable and stylish! We love the bubble styled strap that brings a modern feel to this 90’s style.

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Party Shoes
Looking for the perfect balance of work and party appropriate? These colourful strap toe sandals are just for you! The colourful embroidery work on the shoe makes these perfect for day parties or after work drinks but are still refined enough to be taken seriously at work. If the bright tones aren’t your thing they’re also available in more neutral colours.


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Product Info:

  1. Topshop Nika Round Buckle Sandal, $110, available at Hudson’s Bay
  2. Zara Tied Block Heel Sandals, $49.99
  3. Aldo Alaska Mules, $85
  4. Avec Les Filles Mara Mule, $134.99, available at Town Shoes
  5. Steve Madden Carrson, from $89.95


By: M.J. Elle, Toronto ON,@TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – Spring Trench Coat Picks

Friday, May 4th, 2018

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One of our favourite pieces for spring has to be the trench coat. This classic spring jacket is effortless and chic yet can be worn casually making it extremely versatile. Take your trench from the office to weekend brunch and everything in between and we guarantee you can’t go wrong! Although we mostly think of gloomy weather and rain boots, trench coats are also great on those sunny yet windy days with a pair of flats or sneakers.


However you like to wear your trench coat, the only piece of advice we have is you totally need one in your wardrobe. Not sure where to start with all the options out there?! Take our advice and check out these great spring trench coat picks!

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Clean Lines
This shorter take on this classic look is a perfect pick for spring! We love the detailed outline that frames the jacket’s cut perfectly. Also available in black, this jacket is one of many styles available at Le Chateau at reasonable prices!

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Spring, Check!
Leave it to Zara to take seasonal trends and pair it perfectly and effortlessly with classic pieces, like this grey checkered trench coat. Going perfectly with everything from trousers to denim, this short-cut trench features a detachable hood making it perfect for all types of spring weather!

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The OG
It’s fun to play with trends but sometimes you need to stick to more timeless choices, and this classic trench from ONLY is totally it! This jacket has all the classic components of a trench from a belted waist, double-breasted closure and pockets yet is made from a lighter material giving it a great flow and making it wearable during warmer temperatures.

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Atypical Shade
Looking for something a little less classic, yet still timeless enough to stick it out in your wardrobe for years to come? This dark teal option from Club Monaco might just be for you! Although the style is a little more on the Draper Jacket side, it still has all the classic Trench components from a belted waist to a strong lapel.

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All Black
A favourite colour of most fashionistas, we, of course, had to include a black trench coat on our list! This Kate Spade NY trench is the idealistic trench from its double-breasted cut to the belted waist and cuffs. The jacket also comes in the classic beige and also a dusty rose, but there’s something edgy and fun about this black version that we just can’t get enough of!


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Product Info:

1. Le Chateau Cotton Blend Belted Trench Coat, $99.95

2. Zara Checkered Trench Coat, $99.90

3. Only Classic Trench Coat, $109

4. Club Monaco Elila Trench, $298

5. Kate Spade New York Double Breasted Trench Coat, $225, available at Hudson’s Bay


By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – Weekly Recap

Monday, February 26th, 2018

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Now that February is drawing to a close, we wanted to kick off the start of the new week by recapping all our favourite Style Nine to Five articles from the week prior, just to ensure we’re all on the same page when it comes to the world of SNTF fashion. From a hot new trend in men’s fashion to a lazy girl’s guide to office dressing, here are the top Style Nine to Five articles of the week.

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Q&A with Christina Remenyi Founder of Fortnight Lingerie
I first heard of Fortnight while working as a junior lingerie buyer and was immediately drawn to the beautiful clean lines of Christina Remenyi’s designs. Not only are her pieces made to enhance our curves, they are also made locally, in-house, right here in Toronto. Christina has built a brand that empowers women to be their true selves and a brand that is made to be a part of our daily lives. She shares with us her experience from launching the line, advice for new fashion designers and how she finds inspiration. Read the full post here


Men’s Fashion: Quilted Pieces
Nothing feels warmer or lazier than having a thick blanket wrapped around your body during the coldest time of the year, which is probably why puffer or quilted clothes were invented to achieve just that. Popular in the 80s and 90s, quilted pieces have once again been introduced to not only satisfy our longing for those cozy winter feels but also to contribute a sense of style to our commonly dull winter appearances. Apart from being functional in the negative degree weather, what is undeniably striking about quilted clothes is the threaded look that adds texture and dimension to any outfit. Here are some of the coziest yet chic quilted pieces that have been popular among winter lovers! Read the full post here.

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The Lazy Girls Guide to Office Dressing
To the women who prefer dressing a bit more casual at the office, we’ve rounded up some key wardrobe pieces and created a guide for the girls who would prefer those extra minutes of sleep in the am or who just wish sweatpants were appropriate for the office. Read the full post here.


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Fashion Jobs – The Lazy Girls Guide to Office Dressing

Monday, February 26th, 2018

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When we first land our dream job, we always begin our new careers dressed to the nines. We wake up two hours early ensuring we are dressed to impress and make it known that effort has been put into our outfit choice. We are the new person in the office and it is crucial to not only work the hardest but look chic at all times.


After a few months roll on by and the excitement dies down, we begin to get comfortable and so does our wardrobe. We hit the snooze time multiple buttons, leaving ourselves enough time to be dressed and ready in 20 minutes or less – and trust us, there is no more Monday to Friday magic.


This is where we come in. We have rounded up some key essential pieces and created a guide for our girls who would prefer those extra minutes of sleep in the am or who just wish sweatpants were appropriate for the office. We will get you as close as possible.

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Drawstring Pants
Once you find the perfect fit buy one in every colour ladies because these pants will be the easiest and most comfortable go-to work pants you have ever owned. It accentuates your waist and drapes against your legs while still giving a great shape. We swear by these and so will you.

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Sweater Dress
Whether it’s winter or summer a classy sweater dress is the way to go as it’s a relaxed one-piece that you can throw on and dress up or down as much as you’d like. A crew neck or V-neck is preferred with a cap sleeve, making it the ultimate year-round work staple.

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If it’s not a meeting our heels are being tucked under our desk. There is no need to walk on pins all day and feel uncomfortable when you’re being the boss that you are. Mules are your work best friend that will support you all day and a shoe like this will elevate your work attire giving you a chic modern edge.

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Cozy Sweater
We can’t send you out for work wearing an oversized hoodie; it would be unjust for us. But we will send you out in a sweater that has a luxe look and that will go with any bottom. Choosing a sweater with a trim, embellishment, or texture will give you that extra work glam to deceive your co-workers into thinking you spent time on your wardrobe.

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A blazer is a bit formal for every day and feels stuffy. We might work the nine to five life, but we don’t always want to dress it. Even if you’re wearing a t-shirt with your drawstring pants a duster jacket will elevate your outfit to make you after work ready to hit the town.


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Product Info
Roxane Pant by Babaton, $98, available at Aritzia
Sarto by Franco Sarto, Palmer Mule, $143, available at Nordstrom
Skylar Sweater Dress, $210, available at Free People
Fur Sleeves Sweatshirt, $60, available at Mango
Tularosa Lauren Coat,$177, available at Revolve


By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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Fashion Jobs – What’s it Really Like to Work as an Intern at a Fashion Magazine

Friday, November 24th, 2017

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Love it or hate it, The Devil Wears Prada has left a strong impression on pop culture today. Even now, more than ten years after the film’s debut (it premiered in 2006!), it continues to influence the way the general public perceives the fashion industry as a whole. With insiders like Anna Wintour leading the way, it’s no wonder that fashion magazines, in particular, get the unfortunate reputation as a hostile and competitive work environment.


Well, I’m here to say that based on my experience as an intern at a major Canadian fashion magazine, those impressions are definitely not true. So let’s get into it, and we can finally put some of those myths to rest.

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Myth Number One: Your Coworkers Are Your Enemies
As an intern, every single member of the team that I reported to genuinely enjoyed working together. My supervisors were always friendly and welcoming and made my time at the magazine a very positive experience. I was able to learn from some of the best in the business, and even made a few friends along the way!

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Myth Number Two: Fashion Magazines House an Infinite Supply of Designer Clothing
It’s true – there is a fashion closet, and yes, there is often designer clothing to be found inside of it. Instead of a massive celebrity closet though, think of it more like an average sized walk-in that only holds a few dozen pieces at a time. Most of these designer duds are borrowed from the designers themselves, or from the PR companies that represent them. They would come into the office for a particular photo shoot, and would be sent right back once it was wrapped. And sadly, you don’t end up with an amazing wardrobe courtesy of the magazine, like Andy did in The Devil Wears Prada.


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Myth Number Three: You’ll Spend All Your Time at Fashion Shows and Exclusive Events Aside from occasional special events and the periods during major fashion weeks, my coworkers spent most of their time at their desks. They would be researching and writing their articles, conducting interviews over the phone, and connecting with designers and influencers to make sure that things were ready for upcoming issues. Similarly, a lot of my responsibilities as an intern were researching and writing posts for the magazine’s website. When I wasn’t writing, I was making sure that all the clothes needed for photoshoots were ready, and that they were sent back to their designers once the shoots were over.


In the end, working for a fashion magazine taught me that things are much less glamorous that you may think. There’s a lot of work that goes into putting each issue together, but it’s well worth it in the end. And I can say that even after living it firsthand, I’ll still be daydreaming of Miranda Priestly and the Runway offices for a long time to come.


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By Kate Mendonca, Toronto, @kate.mendonca

Fashion Jobs – How I Got Hired as a PR & Marketing Intern at HUGO BOSS

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017


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Style Nine to Five has always been my go-to place to search for jobs and internships related to the fashion industry. There are so many fascinating and cool opportunities out there, and I made it a habit to visit the job page daily because I never wanted to miss out on an opening (how do you think I became a feature fashion writer for SNTF?).


I recently came across a posting for a PR & Marketing Internship at HUGO BOSS on Style Nine to Five and by the time I finished reading the job description I already pictured myself in the role, and the best part was it was paid. I struggled for a few months finding an internship where I would feel challenged but still learn and gain skills that would benefit in my growth and build my knowledge. Even though I didn’t know for sure what exact career I wanted, I knew I wanted to feel challenged, always be learning, and be creative.


The day after I applied went something like this: I received an email for an interview on Tuesday, interviewed on Wednesday, got hired in the evening, and training began on Thursday. While on my way to the HUGO BOSS office I was really calm without any expectations because I felt like I wouldn’t be qualified enough for the position.


My resume only had retail experience, I never worked in an office environment, and I didn’t go to school or study for anything related to PR and Marketing. So I went in relaxed and just had a conversation about myself and my experiences, asked plenty of questions and it was sufficient enough because I got hired. I am currently at the HUGO BOSS Head Office working alongside the Director of PR & Marketing two to three times a week and I can definitely say I am absorbing more than I could have ever imagined.


I am involved in many aspects of loaning out clothing for magazines and photo shoots, to helping organize HUGO BOSS events, tracking press, and creating company directives for the corporate team in Germany. There is something about being in an environment with like-minded people all working towards the same goal that really gives you a sense of purpose, and personally drives me through the day. I am grateful to be working alongside a strong, inspiring, and hardworking boss who is helpful and supportive in my growth as an employee.


There are many facets to the department and there isn’t just one job to be done; for the times I am in the office there is a new job, a new task that must be complete and I always try to be assertive and ask questions because what is currently a learning experience can and hopefully will lead me to a greater opportunity.


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By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Vegan Leather Handbag Designer Silvia Gallo of jeane & jax

Monday, July 17th, 2017

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It’s always refreshing when you learn about an individual that’s disrupting the fashion industry for a good reason. Silvia Gallo is the owner of jeane & jax, a Montreal-based vegan handbag line that encompasses the importance of cruelty-free fashion and is a PETA approved vegan brand and a partner in the movement of shifting the focus from leather to vegan leather. Her stunning collection offers consumers a higher end alternative to animal leather and is quickly becoming popular with both Canadian and American consumers. We had the opportunity to meet with Silvia and see her collection firsthand, and also learn about the ins and outs of launching a business and why she is so passionate about cruelty-free fashion. 

SNTF: Silvia, you’ve worked in the retail industry for over 15 years. Can you first tell us about those early years of your career?

SG: With a B.Com in Marketing and a DEC in Fashion Design, I knew I wanted to work in the Fashion Industry and combine both fields of study.  My first position after graduating was as a Brand Manager for Baby Phat Canada. At the time, Baby Phat and Phat Farm were very popular brands and I was honoured to have the opportunity of working for such a successful company. It was the first step in my career that allowed me to learn about buying, importing, selling, advertising, trade shows, distribution, and more. As a brand manager, you are involved with everything to do with the brand, which in turn gives you a good understanding of the business as a whole.

SNTF: When did you realize that you were ready to venture on your own and start your own handbag line?

SG: After many years in the industry working for reputable brands, building networks, travelling, gaining knowledge and experience, I felt that my career had reached a plateau. I felt there was no longer any personal or career growth left working for other companies. I not only felt ready to start my own business but felt more determined and empowered than ever before! 

SNTF: Your collection, jeane & jax, is a vegan handbag line that encompasses the importance of cruelty-free fashion at an attainable price point. How did you know this was the right project for you, and how did you set about starting your own business? 

SG: There are many professions that allow you to make a difference in this world, save lives, or help people. Throughout my career in the fashion industry, which can sometimes be materialistic, it wasn’t always easy for me to measure what my contribution to society was. When I decided to start my own business, it was important for me to do something that could make a positive impact.

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Cruelty-free fashion will continue to be important and I am happy to offer consumers a higher end alternative to animal leather. Traditionally branded handbags have always been made out of real leather and are very expensive. I wanted to show consumers that you can have a high- quality handbag at a reasonable price, without causing harm to animals.

SNTF: Can you tell us about the materials you use and the importance of being PETA approved?

SG: We only use the highest quality polyurethane on the market and never use PVC. Our PU is the closest fabric to real leather, matching it in terms of durability, water resistance and aesthetics. It also has microfiber pores making it breathable and supple. Technology in fabric has come a long way and it is becoming harder for consumers to tell the difference between real and vegan leather.  In addition, all our hardware is custom made to ensure that there is no lead or toxic materials in our metals.

It’s important for us to be PETA-approved as it shows our customers credibility and gives consumers reassurance about our product. We are proud to align ourselves with organizations that support our movement to shift consumers to vegan products rather than animal based ones.

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SNTF: We know that no two days are the same for an entrepreneur. But can you give our readers an idea of what your day looks running your own brand.

SG: As an entrepreneur, I am involved in everything to do with the brand and business, which means no two days are the same, as you mentioned. One day could be spent designing a new collection or planning a photo shoot and the next could be arranging the shipment of a container or preparing sales tax returns. It pretty much depends on what needs to be prioritized on each given day. Some days are creative and others are analytical. I love that I get to use both sides of my brain!

SNTF: Did you have any obstacles while launching your business? Anything you would never do again?

SG: The biggest challenge in launching a new brand is to create awareness and visibility without having the big marketing budget that existing brands have. It takes time to become recognized yet it is human nature to want immediate results. There is a lesson to be learned in everything you do and unless you live through it, you cannot learn from it. That is the same in business and for that reason; there is nothing I wouldn’t do again.

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SNTF: How do you see jeane & jax evolving over time? What’s the next thing you’d like to accomplish with the brand?

SG: There are many exciting developments in the works for jeane & jax and look forward to sharing them with you in the future.

SNTF: Given that you have a background in marketing and brand management, how have these experiences helped you run and grow your brand?

SG: My background in marketing and brand management was definitely crucial in my ability to start and run my own business. Having the opportunity to manage other brands in the past, allowed me to work in all facets of the industry, giving me a solid foundation to build upon. No matter which company I worked for, I always made decisions as though it was my own, and every brand I represented became a part of my lifestyle. This was all in preparation for what I feel I was meant to do!

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SNTF: When you were growing up, were there any people who influenced your approach to work? What was the best advice you got early in your career?

SG: My father is the person who has influenced and inspired me the most. As an entrepreneur, he taught me resilience, strength to persevere, and especially how to “hustle.” No matter how hard it was, or how tired he was, he never skipped a beat!

The best advice I received is don’t wait for the right opportunities to come to you. You need to create your own opportunities in life. Nothing will just fall into your lap…go out there and make it happen! 

SNTF: And finally, what do you wake up looking forward to? What’s next for your career? 

SG: I wake up looking forward to every new day and all the possibilities it can bring. I am inspired by opportunities and always ready for a new challenge! I recently partnered with Valerie Munger, a colleague from my past; to launch a new brand called MATLETIK, which focuses on active wear for moms-to-be. It has already been gaining great reviews and is distributed in active wear and maternity stores across Canada. We recently won 1st prize for the province of Quebec in an entrepreneurship contest. Excited to see what the future brings for both jeane & jax and MATLETIK!

To stay up-to-date with Silvia’s journey and to learn more about jeane & jax make sure to follow her on Instagram or check out her website.

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Intern – Maximizing Your Summer Internship

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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The internship could be considered one of the most important parts of your post-secondary education. It’s an opportunity to get first hand, real life experience and gain insight into a potential career path. Some will just find whatever summer position they can, while others take careful consideration into choosing the field and company they want to intern with. But if you’re looking to make the most out of your summer internship, here are important things that every intern should keep in mind.

1. Learn Something New and Valuable
While making some extra money and keeping busy during the summer is great, why not find an internship you can actually learn from? Try thinking of careers you’d like to explore or skills you’d like to acquire and find companies that offer internships that would suit you. Once you’ve found the right opportunity, make sure to let your supervisor know you’re eager and ready to learn and make the most out of your summer — not just getting coffee orders.

2. Grow Your Network
Your professional network begins growing the minute you have your first internship interview. This is why it’s extremely important to make the most out of every interaction with a potential employer. Because you never know who could potentially become a future mentor to help shape your career. You’ll quickly learn that a big key to professional development is having a good set of mentors or advisors that you can seek out advice and knowledge from. If you haven’t already, this is a great time to open a LinkedIn account and get your professional online presence going. Not sure where to start? Check out our article on tips to growing your LinkedIn profile here.

3. Speak Up
Being intimidated as an intern is common, but you this should never get in the way for speaking up and sharing your opinions. Just because you’re an intern, doesn’t mean your thoughts, ideas or questions are invalid. Speaking up will also help you score some brownie points with your employers, as they will appreciate you making the effort.

4. Find Even More ways to Help Out
Once you’ve completed all your tasks and projects it doesn’t mean it’s time to scroll through Instagram. Use this as your chance to ask your supervisor for more tasks so you can gain as much experience as possible.

5. The 8-Week Interview
As much as your internship is a short-term contract, look at it as a long-term interview for future opportunities. Most interns who prove to deliver great results, interact well with the team and contribute to the overall company can find themselves with either a part or full-time position, or even a guarantee for an internship the following summer. But don’t get down on yourself if after your 8-weeks you’re sent on your way, companies don’t always hire interns for a variety of reasons.

Remember, if you’re going to dedicate your summer to a company, try and make the most of it regardless of the position. At the end of it all, the experiences you’ve gained will be a great addition to your resume especially if you haven’t had any job experience previously.

Have you had a successful internship in the past? What tips have helped you succeed? Let us know in the comments below!

Inspiration Image from Vogue

By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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