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Product Developer Career

Monday, August 12th, 2019


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There are so many different niches housed inside the fashion industry. Whether it be in creative, public relations, CEO, retail level, you name it – the industry has it. One of the most sought-after creative positions in the industry is a product developer. Whether it be with a company in-house, or you are starting a line of your own. We have all the ins and outs for you to succeed!


To be a product developer, especially for brands and companies, nine times out of ten you will need a degree or certificate behind you. It can be a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree. Some fashion schools even give you a certificate in a shorter amount of time. With this, you’ll learn about textiles, fabrics, trends and get the training to draw and create the pieces.

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If you’re working for a company or a brand, you’ll need to ensure your designs fall in line with their image. For example, you wouldn’t design a flowy, chiffon summer dress for a company like Lululemon. Your vision needs to be the same as the brand’s vision, which sometimes can limit your creativity. If you are working on your own line or brand, the sky is the limit.


When you are designing your pieces, you also need to ensure you are picking the right fabrics and textiles. This means learning where you outsource from and the durability of the fabric. What does it feel like, how does it hang, how much does it cost? It’s one thing to think up a creation, it’s another to make it come to life.


Another aspect in the day to day of a product developer is research. This is reaching out to your clientele and finding out what they like and what they want. There is no point working on a product that isn’t going to sell no matter how much you may personally love it. Reaching out to your clientele isn’t always feasible. Another option is to look at past sales. What products sold the best and which stayed in a store too long. You can take that data to help you create and eventually sell your designs.


Being a product developer is creative and fun, but it also is a lot of hard work. It can also mean long days and many hours on end but can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding positions in the fashion industry


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By Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – Weekly Recap

Monday, April 30th, 2018

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Now that it’s the final day of April, 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 questions to ask the interviewer during an interview to our favourite floral pieces for spring here are the top articles of the week.

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Interviewing the Interviewer: Questions To Get The Job
If you’re really looking to stand out and make a good impression with your questions, here are some great tips on asking questions to the interviewer to land the job! Read the full post here


 The Five Floral Pieces You Need this Spring
A wise woman once said, “Florals for spring? Ground-breaking.” Yet each year, florals continue to be one of the hottest patterns for spring both on the catwalk and in-store. Florals can brighten any outfit and add a unique twist on how you style them. This pattern should not just be seen as the go-to because of the season, but also as a pattern that can be transitioned into your wardrobe year-round. Here are SNTF’s top five floral pieces we think you need to invest in this spring. Read the full post here


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Fashion Jobs – Five Canadian Designers to Watch in 2017

Monday, April 17th, 2017

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With not one, but three fashion weeks, and a fourth to come to Yorkville later this fall, it’s not hard to see that Toronto, and Canada, is flooding with talent. Fashion, in particular, is a category where the city strives. And with a wealth of burgeoning designers on the cusp of something spectacular, it wasn’t easy narrowing down a list to just five of our nation’s brightest talents. But there are a handful that have risen above in a notoriously tough industry, earning them titles of ones to watch. In no particular order, here are the five Canadian designers to keep an eye on in 2017…

1. Markoo


While the brand itself is three years old, designers Mona Koochek and Tania Martins have taken a path less traveled on the road to international success. Since their fruition, the duo has been named new emerging talent by Women’s Wear Daily, a new label to watch by Harper’s Bazaar, and designers to know by Refinery29. While in the past they’ve steered clear of Toronto Fashion Week, they recently showed at The Collections’ reimagined version of event, Re\Set. Showing amongst heavy hitters like Forbes’ ‘30 under 30’ Beaufille and Vogue recognized Sid Neigum, the setting was true to form for Markoo’s cool-girl designs and streetwise staples.

2. Hendrixroe


Electric designer Jordan Erin McKay (JEM) has been making waves on the Toronto fashion scene since launching her menswear and womenswear collections at TOM* and TW-FW. With designs that bridge vintage rock n’ roll and old Hollywood glamour, JEM’s collections are approachable and fun, oozing a Canadian cool that is sure to put HENDRIXROE on the map for 2017.

3. Vejas


With over 20k followers on Instagram, calling Vejas Kruszewski emerging talent seems like an oxymoron. In 2016, the then 19-year-old Canadian made headlines internationally after earning an LVMH prize, an award that was decided upon by a panel of designers that included lauded names like Nicolas Ghesquière, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Karl Lagerfeld, and more. Most recently, the largely self-taught designer showcased his Fall 2017 collection in Paris, experimenting with silhouettes and workwear staples. This young gun is giving Canadian fashion the global attention it deserves.

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The Montreal-born Ryerson grad isn’t exactly a newcomer to Canadian fashion. He’s held many notable roles, including the title of Creative Director at Canadian heritage brand Laparka. But most recently, he set foot on his own to launch his inaugural namesake outerwear collection at TW-FW. With a collection titled Queen of the North, the designer fused fashion with function, incorporating a wide range of textiles and colours to showcase his wealth of technical design knowledge. The collection has since garnered global attention from publications like Vogue Italia.

5. Jordana-seguin


Born and raised in the small town of Squamish, British Columbia, not much else is known about up-and-comer Jordana Séguin. The designer made her debut at Vancouver Fashion Week a few years back, showing much promise as emerging talent. And while the designer’s imprint is small, with not even as much as a website to showcase her designs, it is mighty. Just recently, the young Canadian made her Toronto debut in the Emergence by Toronto Film School’s Toronto Women’s Fashion Week presentation, shining a spotlight on her playful designs and namesake label.


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By Amanda Phuong, Toronto, @amandaphuong

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Toronto-Based Entrepreneur and Lingerie Designer MARY YOUNG

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaIn a world where women are constantly judged by their size and appearance, feeling sexy and confident in one’s own skin can come as a struggle. Thankfully there are brands like MARY YOUNG – a lingerie and loungewear line – that praise females for their differences and empower women to feel comfortable with their bodies.

SNTF spoke to the designer, entrepreneur and boss babe behind the brand last year, but we wanted to check in and see what’s on the horizon for MARY YOUNG. After speaking with Mary, we learned that she is showing no signs of slowing down and that there are big things happening this year for the Toronto-based lifestyle brand.

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SNTF: When we last spoke with you, you mentioned that MARY YOUNG was created while you were studying at Ryerson University for your thesis. What made you decide to turn MARY YOUNG into a business?

MY: During my thesis, I spent hours on end studying the fashion industry, specifically the lingerie market and it was clear that the majority of women weren’t being portrayed in the content or the style of garments. Almost everything I saw was push up, padding, underwire and a ‘standard’ type of sexy. I never felt like I could relate to anything I saw and realized that the message was if you bought this bra or wore that set then you’d be sexy, which I couldn’t agree with. I realized that all the women that didn’t see themselves in these garments and imagery needed to be able to relate to what they saw. That was the true motivation to start MARY YOUNG and encourage women to embrace their natural shape and to define sexy for themselves.

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SNTF: Your business has grown so much since you first launched. What have been the biggest obstacles? How about Triumphs? 

MY: Growth has been amazing but like any growth there are always pains. The biggest would have to be production and sourcing everything within Canada. The fashion industry here is getting smaller and smaller, especially when it comes to production. It took quite some time and trial and error to find the production that I work with now but all that hard work has paid off. Another major struggle is growing as a small brand with little to no budget and team. Looking at these large companies that can gift products and advertise so easily really make it tough for growing brands to find a foothold in the industry. With time and perseverance, it does happen though, patience truly is a virtue. Some of the biggest triumphs would be hearing how women feel about themselves after buying pieces. The feedback has been extremely motivating and is really what keeps me going forward. Another huge accomplishment has been having one of the new spring styles on Winnie Harlow for the February cover of Elle Canada.


 SNTF: Now that the first month of the new year complete, what do you hope to accomplish in 2017? 

MY: So much has already happened in one month that is leading to so many exciting things later this year. The brand has grown a lot and there will be a lot of changes happening in the next few months. I don’t want to give too much away but keep your eye out for more than just new products!

SNTF: What is the most challenging part of running your own business? How do you keep yourself from getting burnt out?

MY: The most challenging part is everything falls on my shoulders, not only the small decisions like the Instagram captions but to where our budget will go and what takes priority every day. It’s hard to balance everything out and still remain excited and motivated. I’ve found stepping away from work to be the best way to not get burnt out and surprisingly it helps me get more done too. The distance and separation helps me clear my head so I’m refreshed when I come back to dealing with everything. I also find working out to be an extremely beneficial stress relief. The ability to get out all my anxiety, stress and frustration while getting stronger is such an amazing feeling, not to mention it gives me more energy!

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SNTF: How do you stay creatively inspired?

MY: The best way I stay inspired is to continuously surround myself with design; that can be anything from visiting museums to interesting coffee shops to Tumblr. Opening myself up to different styles and inspirations is important to challenge myself to grow and to refine what the brand really stands for. Also, having creative friends that challenge me on my ideas and help push me forward is extremely helpful.

SNTF: You’re living proof of a true boss babe. How do you handle work/life balance? 

MY: First off, thank you! Balance is something that comes and goes, my friends can truly attest to that. Depending on what season I’m in, whether it’s a seriously busy time of year or not, I likely won’t be completely balanced. I do make sure to take time off from work and spend it with friends. I do that by scheduling in social plans as I would a meeting. I don’t allow myself to miss seeing friends if we make plans and I hold myself accountable to my personal life the same way I do my professional life. One of the best ways to find balance is to not be too hard on yourself when you don’t have it, this shouldn’t be another area of stress, like everything it comes in time.

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SNTF: Your brand seems to really be blowing up on Instagram. How has social media contributed to MARY YOUNG’s success?

MY: I personally believe without social media MARY YOUNG wouldn’t still be around. As a small company, there is almost no budget for advertising and that’s where Instagram has come into play. I’ve been able to meet other creatives, photographers, models and media through social media. It’s also been a great way to build the brand and connect with everyone, growing a community is tough as it is but with Instagram it’s so much easier to have a place for everyone to see the brand and get the latest news.

SNTF: In the world of lingerie, it can be difficult to stay ahead of the game. How is MARY YOUNG different and what sets it apart from other companies like it?

MY: MARY YOUNG focuses on women and their natural shape, something that a lot of lingerie lines don’t focus on. All our pieces are made with bamboo jersey that is extremely soft and wears well, this means comfort comes first and design comes second. Encouraging women to embrace their natural shape and to focus on their own definition of sexy is a really integral part of the brand. After all, when a woman feels comfortable and confident, she is undeniably sexy.

SNTF: We LOVE that you feature real women wearing your products and that you focus on empowering women to embrace their bodies. What’s the reasoning behind this?

MY: The main reasoning is to really grow confidence among all women and acceptance towards not only ourselves but to everyone. We focus on inclusivity because when women support each other we can do amazing things. I want everyone to feel like they can relate to MARY YOUNG and see themselves in the images we use. Without that, there isn’t a point to do what we’re doing.

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SNTF: What is your favourite part of running your own business? What about the hardest part?

MY: My favourite part is seeing all my hard work come together and create something. The late nights and weekends sacrificed all mean something when a new collection comes out and is well received or when I get a message on Instagram from a customer saying how much she loves her new piece. The hardest part is doing it alone, as humans we are designed to be a part of something bigger and have a community, so making all the decisions, big or small, and traveling to meet new buyers and sell the product can be exhausting alone. I’m so thankful for friends and family that continue to support me along the way.

SNTF: What professional advice would you give to up and coming designers who are looking to start their own business?

MY: I would definitely recommend planning it out first, whether that’s with a business plan or a strategy for how you envision the business to grow. Without a strong plan, it’s really hard to execute everything and make sure timelines match up to buying calendars and production schedules. Once you feel like you have a solid plan, talk it through with people you respect and trust. Feedback from people that you trust is definitely important in the beginning stages, you’ll continue to come back to them as the business grows too.

SNTF: And finally, what’s next for MARY YOUNG?

MY: The business is growing and we’re so excited to keep up with that growth. It would be great to expand into other categories but at this point we’re focusing on continuing what we’re doing and doing it well. I also hope to expand the mission of MARY YOUNG to really grow the community and following through different events.

To check out Mary’s amazing creations you can take a look at her website, or follow her on Instagram!

Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Stylist Jobs – How to Gain Respect at Work

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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It can be tough to start a new job. You walk into a new environment, a new corporate culture with new responsibilities, and new colleagues. The balloon of excitement bursts as you realize you’re the big elephant in the room of your workplace.  In an effort to figure out how to heed these disheartening obstacles we face as newcomers, we investigated 5 ways to gain respect and admiration in the workplace. Unexpected lessons and some serious realizations- ahead.

1.Interact with your colleagues

It may seem like a daunting task in the beginning, but strive to get to know your co-workers and take genuine interest in them. Getting to know them on a deeper level will solidify their trust and respect for you not only as a co-worker but a person as well. You’d be surprised at how a good simple “how are you” can make someone feel.

2. Go the extra mile

When you start a new job, you’re given a set job description that highlights the tasks you are responsible for.

As you get comfortable in your role and gain more confidence, however, you must be willing to operate outside your standard JD and go above and beyond what is expected of you. Your willingness to take extra steps to ensure success will speak volumes to your peers and boss.

3. Be positive in times of triumph

It’s very easy, and very common to let the new 9-5 workday grind get you down, especially when you are still clueless on what your actual responsibilities are. This can make it difficult to continue working with a smile and a productive attitude. Despite this, it is with the upmost importance that you persevere and remain proactive in trying situations. This will help foster greater levels of commitment and overtime will cement your position as a hardworking, well respected employee.

4. Avoid workplace gossip

At one point or another, everyone needs to vent. But it’s crucial to keep any commentary about co-workers off of company devices, email, texts, and especially elevators.

5. Respect others

In order to gain respect, you have to earn it. It’s not something that is handed to you right away. If you want to gain the respect of your co-workers, you should ask yourself how you can change your behaviour to earn their respect.

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By: Jennifer Wilcox

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Fashion Jobs – Q & A with Designer and Entrepreneur Mary Young

Friday, September 30th, 2016

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Sexy, effortless and comfortable are all ways to describe Mary Young’s namesake lingerie brand. The young entrepreneur has created a unique line of undergarments and loungewear that girls love to wear, no matter what their body type may be. Young has quickly grown her business in the few short years it has been operating, and shows no signs of stopping yet! We had the chance to ask her a few questions to get the story behind the brand, as well as some awesome #girlboss advice.

SNTF: What inspired you to take the plunge and start your own business? Why focus on lingerie and loungewear?

MY: My brand was actually conceived during my fourth year studying Fashion Communications at Ryerson University. I decided to do a double thesis, producing my written capstone as well as a five-piece women’s collection of lingerie and knit sweaters. I showed the collection with the design students at our yearend fashion show, Mass Exodus, where it was extremely well-received by the industry. After graduating I studied the market to see if there was space for a lingerie line that offered more comfort focused pieces and realized this wasn’t widely offered, especially in Canada. A few short months later I took a leap of faith and launched the brand in September 2014.

SNTF: What gap is MARY YOUNG trying to fill? What’s been your biggest challenge today?

MY: MARY YOUNG is offering garments that encourage women to embrace their natural shape and wear pieces that fit them rather than wearing garments that contort their shape. Lingerie today is often seen as garments that are worn for your partner and to be seen, whereas underwear is practical everyday pieces that you wouldn’t wear to be seen. This is where MARY YOUNG comes in, blending the two categories to bring garments that are made for everyday wear and are also intended to be seen. The biggest challenge today is to compete with big and well-established brands in the industry. As a small company in Canada it takes a lot of work to get noticed and put on the same level as the lines coming out of the US, Europe and Australia.

SNTF: What’s your favourite, go-to piece from the fall collection?

MY: My go-to piece lingerie wise is the Logan Bra. I’ve been wearing this style for weeks on end, the side support makes it super comfortable and the plunging front gives me a little extra cleavage that I normally don’t have. Loungewear wise you’ll find me wearing the Owen Sweater in Olive or the Knit Grey. This loose and boxy shape goes with everything and makes it great for layering.

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SNTF: What does sexy mean to you?

MY: Sexy to me means being comfortable and confident.

SNTF: Comfort and style are two important proponents of the MARY YOUNG line; how do you fuse fashion and comfort together in your day-to-day life? 

MY: For me personally, comfort always trumps fashion but thankfully with the athleisure trend being so huge today it’s easy to be comfortable and stylish. Since I’m often on the go and running around the city, I almost always wear sneakers and usually sport one of the lounge tops with easy to wear pants. I think it’s important to dress for your lifestyle and your personality, if you’re not a heels and skirt girl, don’t try to fit that style, find what works for you and you’ll feel great every day.

SNTF: What’s your favourite part of the fashion industry? Not so favourite part?

MY: My favourite part of the industry would have to be seeing all the new designs and designers growing. The industry in Canada is pretty small and tight knit, so it’s extremely inspiring to see other designers grow and succeed. My not so favourite part is how small the industry is in Canada. We have so much talent to offer that it’s frustrating to not see it really grow and become a bigger, more well respected industry. Personally, I think we should be supporting each other more and making room for more designers to grow and succeed here.

SNTF: What’s the best piece of career advice you ever received? What’s one thing you’d like our readers to know about breaking into the fashion industry?

MY: The best piece of advice I received was ‘If it were easy then everyone would be doing it’. The truth about fashion and breaking in as a new designer is it’s definitely not easy but it is worth it. With the industry being so small it’s hard to carve out a section for your name and your products. Also, if you plan on sourcing and producing in Canada it’s extremely tough. Years ago there were many more resources on our soil but since many brands have gone off shore there isn’t as much here to support the growth of local brands. To anyone looking to start their own line I always say plan it out, do your research, look at the risks and calculate them, when you feel about 80% confident that’s when you should take a leap of faith and go for it.

SNTF: Where do you see MARY YOUNG in the future? Any plans for expansion? 

MY: I plan on continuing the growth of MARY YOUNG to becoming a well-known name across Canada as well as into other markets like the US and Europe. I would love to explore other categories of garments as well but one step at a time for right now.

SNTF: Being an entrepreneur, what words of wisdom do you have for going it alone and being your own #girlboss? 

MY: It’s not easy, but it’s so rewarding. A lot of people won’t understand what you do when you work for yourself and they’ll think your life is glamorous, when in fact you’re working into the night and up before dawn. But when you get that media mention or a big sale, it’s all worth it. Find friends who have chosen a similar path as you so you can have the deep conversations with someone who gets it and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Asking for help when you need it isn’t being weak or not talented, it’s being smart enough to know and acknowledge that you can’t do it all and that other’s talents will help you get to the next step.

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By: Sarah Brooks, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Caitlin Power Interview

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Calgary native, Caitlin Power has been recognized for redefining women’s wear through classic tailoring, architectural details and sharp silhouettes. As a graduate from the Fashion Design Program at Lethbridge College, Power established her self-titled contemporary line in 2008. Since then, she has featured her collection at Western Canada Fashion Week and Toronto Fashion Week. Her work has been shown in Elle, Flare and FASHION and who wouldn’t want to talk about this edgy designer whose trade mark material has been, my personal favourite, LEATHER! After just finishing up the final touches for her Spring/Summer collection, Caitlin sat down with me to talk about everything – well – Caitlin Power!

Mijana: The Caitlin Power line is known for its architectural influences. What were your first influences when you started designing?
Caitlin: I’ve always been inspired by architecture, but when I started design, it was mainly men’s tailoring.
The SS13 collection was inspired by light.  How it reacts with different objects, absorbed by some and reflected by others.  There’s also certain power that comes from light, and finding a perfect balance between light and dark.

The FW13 collection that I’m working on now is inspired by my recent trip to London and Paris.  One building in particular caught my eye, The Louvre and the Pyramid.  I was drawn to the mix of ancient and modern architecture acting as one.

M: You just finished up Toronto’s World Mastercard Fashion Week in October – what do you enjoy most of doing fashion shows?
C: I love the feeling of accomplishment after a big show like World Mastercard Fashion Week.  To know all the handwork has paid off and to showcase my designs to a variety of people.

M: Calgary was your home up until last year when you moved to Toronto, what’s your take on Toronto compared to Calgary?
C: Toronto is a much larger and older city than Calgary.  Calgary has new money and is constantly growing.  Both cities have their differences and I love them both for their inspiration, “home away from home” feel and for my family, friends and supporters in both.

M: The winter season is all about layering and staying warm. It’s nice to have some edge in one’s wardrobe. What pieces from the Fall/Winter ’12 collection would you recommend for the contemporary young woman?
C: The perfect Fall/Winter look from the CAITLIN POWER collection would be the Grey and Black Wool Jacket, Black Panelled Sheer Blouse, and our Black Skinny Pants.

M: What future goals do you have for the Caitlin Power collection?
C: We’re targeting our consumer by hosting a Flash-Sale with Jewellery Designer, Ana Bogdanovic from M.W.L.  The sale is on Saturday December 15th from 11-7pm at 639 Queen St. West (Burroughs Building).  After this we plan to do a trade show in NYC to reach the United States market, and continue to show in Canada.

(Photos courtesy of Caitlin Power Fall/Winter 2012 Collection)

By: Mijana Veljkovic, Toronto

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