Fashion Networking – with Fashion Group International

This year, Fresh Collective’s CEO, Laura-Jean Bernhardson, took a position as a board member of Fashion Group International Toronto.  FGI is a global professional networking organization for professionals in fashion and related industries.  Their mandate is to provide networking and educational opportunities to support its members in growing their businesses.  The last Tuesday of each month is a different event to learn and connect with other professionals.


Laura-Jean (left) shmoozing with Roger Gingerich and Ashlee Froese at FGI Toronto’s event “”Protecting Against Fashion Design Piracy” Breakfast Session.

In March, Ashlee Froese, a lawyer at Gilbert’s LLC, hosted an awesome event, “Protecting Against Fashion Design Piracy” Breakfast Session.  She presented a fascinating talk about how to protect your intellectual property; what can be trademarked and copyrighted and what can’t.


FGI Toronto’s Co-Regional Directors Jessica Jensen (left) and Monica Mei, introduce the talk.

Co-Regional Directors of FGI Toronto, Jessica Jensen and Monica Mei have created the theme of “Think Big” for events this year, and 2014 is off to a great start with exciting monthly events and awesome networking opportunities to connect with established fashion professionals.


Natalie Catania and Laura-Jean, co-moderators of April 29th’s event, Profit is NOT a Dirty Word.

FGI breaks the stereotype that the fashion business is cut-throat.  People at FGI are supportive, creative, open and ready to connect to see where mutually beneficial relationships can take root.  Business is all about relationships, and FGI events are the perfect place to start some new ones.

Come out to FGI Toronto’s next event!
Profit is NOT a Dirty Word:
Successful entrepreneurs share stories of what it took to grow their businesses profitably.


Buy tickets here.


If you are a professional in fashion or related creative industries, join FGI Toronto and attend the monthly events.  You can find more info and join here.  Connections are made at FGI events!

Photos by JR Bernstein



















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