Our #FRESH10 Contest Winner

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Just two weeks ago we announced the winner to our #FRESH10 Contest – a contest celebrating our 10 year anniversary and giving one lucky FC fan the chance to win a 10-piece wardrobe!

We were overwhelmed with the entries – hundreds of tweets, likes and lovely top ten lists came flooding our way and we were genuinely moved by it all!

Photo: Our lucky #FRESH10 winner Carley grabbed over $1000 of goodies today! CONGRATS! @someonecallacab

Meet Carley – our fabulous #FRESH10 winner. We had a blast shopping with her this Saturday.

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Carley was on the hunt for a nice skirt to fill out her wardrobe. She didn’t have to look far. The minute she spotted this fun print, she was head over heels! (LENA skirt from Mandala Design – $88)

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This sassy tank was a must-have! (Cancan Tunic from Kollontai – $152)

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Our newest Queen Street gal Ana, was excited to have a twin when Carley tried on this best-seller from Rita Di Cesare – they couldn’t help but snap a picture together! (Christina Tank Dress from Rita Di Cesare – $159)

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There was a bit of a squeal of delight when I pulled out the domino pieces Tara of Odd Bird Design had dropped off!

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 believe “YES PLEASE!” was all Carley said when she saw this gorgeous 100% silk creation from Monikova. The LAST one of its kind! Lucky steal!

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This cozy cardigan from Paper People clothing looks great with Carley’s colouring and will be the perfect transitional piece for fall! (Rosemary Cardigan from Paper People Clothing $139)

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A pair of earrings and a necklace from Curious Oddities definitely had us all swooning a little…

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Carley received a voucher to grab a pair of Hush Puppies online, but she had to try on what we had in-store and fell for these coral pumps! (Sanguin Pumps from Hush Puppies – $120)

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Not only did she get a cute pair of Candi Factory undies for herself, but she got to treat her lucky boyfriend to a pair as well! (Candi Factory underpants – men’s $32, women’s $22)

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We adored this bold piece with a belted sash from Studio Fresh – looked great with her jeans, but can you imagine it with a pencil skirt in a classic black or a bold colour? Va va voom! (Vestie w/Sash from Studio Fresh – $120)

It was a pleasure spending the afternoon with Carley – she was an absolute doll and we can’t wait for updates on what she’s up to in her new Fresh Collective wardrobe!

xoFC

 

#FRESH 10 WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: Congratulations Carley B!

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We want to say a HUGE thank you to all the wonderful entrants in our #FRESH10 contest – your lists were such a treat to read and not only were they moving and inspiring, but they provided us with excellent feedback on why you love Fresh Collective and what we can continue doing to provide you with the BEST shopping experience ever!

We wouldn’t have made it to ten years without the support and love of each and every one of you. We’re so grateful and look forward to the next ten years!

xo
-The FC Team

FRESH AWARDS: Your Winners!

Happy International Women’s Day from your friends at Fresh Collective!

This week we learned about 6 amazing women and empowered you to support, vote and show love for them by LIKING their Facebook photos.
After a week of unprecedented participation, sharing and support, three women won our Fresh Awards (which included a wardrobe makeover in-store consult and a piece of hand-crafted jewellery from TANK jewellery)!

We want to thank the awesome gals who nominated their friends/family, each one of our six nominees, and all those who took the time to support, vote and share. THANK YOU for participating – we love you all!

So without further ado… here are those lucky ladies, as chosen by YOU!

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“Years ago I met one Jennifer Heerschaap. We were young, impressionable, enjoyed a great bottle of wine – many actually – probably did some questionable things and all the while cemented an unbreakable bond of friendship. She is on of my best friends and I was one of her bridesmaids AND WE’RE STILL BEST FRIENDS. Yup! Over time we have weathered our ups and downs, always supporting each other. Taking care of each other. Sadly as time goes by life happens. Worlds get more full; lives get crazier, responsibilities gets bigger. We now live far apart and as we grow older it gets harder to find time for a simple phone call let alone actually getting together. Yet in tough times she has always been there for me. This is a woman who has championed her friends, co-workers and family. She is a rock we all lean on for her inner strength and compassion. We all know life can throw you some serious lemons. Recently she quietly and gracefully weathered the death of her father who was tragically taken from her in the fall. She was a rock for her mother and sister, her daughters, her husband and all those around her. She deserves someone to take care of her. Give her something special. Give her one day that’s just for herself.” – GILLIAN Z

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“I nominate my friend Michelle Mastrandrea for a FRESH AWARD. She deserves a medal–every day! Michelle works as an instructor therapist (IT) at a centre for children with autism. What does she “do” every day? Well, some days she gets bitten, punched or slapped (or all three). She often has part of someone’s lunch on her clothes or in her hair. She follows and designs lesson plans specific to each child–because every child is unique. She helps children to learn and communicate–children and their families. She makes children smile. In short, she enriches the lives of children with challenges much bigger than they are. She calls them her “kids”; she treats every one of them with respect and love. When one of her kids is successful, you can’t wipe the smile off of Michelle’s face or shake the excitement out of her. She really works for them. She is one special woman.

Michelle is also busy furthering her education, working towards a Masters of Education degree concurrent to her full-time job. She knows there is so much more she can do, so she’s working harder! 

I’ve known Michelle for almost 17 years. I’m so, very proud of her. She has always made time and effort to be a good friend, a great daughter and sister. When I’ve needed a pep talk or just someone to sit beside me for support–or a friend to have a dance party with–I haven’t had to ask Michelle, because she’s been right there.

I think she needs to know how awesome she is. In the last year, due to eating healthier and taking up the incredibly fun activity of hula hooping, Michelle has actually lost quite a bit of weight. She did a closet purge a short time ago and barely has any clothing left that fits her! I can’t think of a better woman to win a Fresh award AND get some new clothes for her amazing self.”TRELLAWNY G.

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“I would like to nominate my mother-in-law and friend Pam Hyatt. I think she is an inspiring, gorgeous, and very dynamic candidate for your award. Pam is a prolific performer in Toronto’s jazz and cabaret scene and would benefit enormously from the opportunity to expand her wardrobe, which as an independent artist, from a family of artists, is not always a financially attainable feat .

Pam is a Toronto-based professional actress, singer, song-writer, comedienne. She has worked in Toronto and Vancouver as an independent artist for over 50 years, producing and performing her own one-woman cabaret acts in a plethora of local clubs and venues including most recently the Rivoli, the Annex Live, Green Door Cabaret and Hugh’s Room. She has appeared in numerous stage plays, television shows and films including the Nat King Cole Show and CBC’s variety show A La Carte. Pam was instrumental in starting Toronto’s performing arts lodge, a rent-geared-to income residence for performing artists. 

At almost 77 she is a force to be reckoned with and is currently writing her own material for a new autobiographical cabaret act. She appears regularly at Girls Night Out, a weekly jazz jam night organized by Lisa Particelli and is a frequent guest artist at JAZZ FM fundraisers.

This last October 2012, At the age of 76, Pam released her debut CD, PAMALOT! to a sold-out crowd. She self-produced, fundraised, arranged and directed the entire project using social media to reach out to fans and supporters. She attracts a broad range of audiences to her work, ranging from children, teens, showbiz colleagues and seniors with her wit and contagious charm and honesty. As Jaymz Bee (on-air host at JAZZ FM Toronto) says of Pam “If we were in England we would call Pam Dame Hyatt.”

Pam is a loving Mum of two sons, Carson T. Foster and Zack ward and Mum-in-Law to me, Heather Jones Foster. She is a touchstone and enthusiastic supporter of everyone and everything creative, and has been known to show up at Metal concerts at the Bovine; make stews for the Occupy Protest and even run for mayor of Toronto. She is generous and giving to family, friends and strangers without expecting anything in return.”HEATHER J.

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Love Letter from Laura-Jean: Getting to know YOU

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At Fresh Collective we are all about YOU!

To us, YOU are the most fascinating creature alive, and we are ready to listen to whatever you have to tell us. You, our customer base, are AMAZING!

We really get that you are the coolest women in Toronto, and we just want to know more! We know you’re individualists. You may or may not be concerned with trends, but you love to look current, polished and cool. You have busy lives (not unlike us who work here and design the products!) and so you need versatile and comfortable clothes and accessories and you also want to look awesome and feel like your outer self reflects your inner self.

We are embarking on a project of growth for Fresh Collective, growing to several locations in Toronto (and then going beyond!) and we’re asking for your support. Our vision is that Fresh Collective revolutionizes the fashion industry in North America and that Toronto is the center of that.

What’s going on now in the fashion industry at large is that a lot of women are left not feeling good about their options or how the fashion industry makes us feel about ourselves. There’s a lot of concern about “fast fashion” – the cheap trendy pieces that go out of style fast – and what it does for the environment. There’s also concern about working conditions in factories. Alongside this, there are well known stats of how often small businesses fail. I believe a lot of people WANT to shop local, and then just find they don’t get what they want so it’s easy to go for a cheaper or more convenient option. This disenchantment is a factor in a lot of these business failures. Customers don’t get what they want and business owners are afraid to really ask, for fear they will hear something they don’t want to hear. The way things are going, local businesses close every day.

If we let things play out as they usually do, many of the smaller independent designers we work with will decide to go out of business. I’ve seen many, many do just that over the ten years we’ve been running Fresh Collective; eventually Fresh Collective would go out of business. I would retire, or get too old to keep going and it would all wind down. That’s just the usual way.

In the face of all this, I see something different for our future. I see Fresh Collective growing to many, many locations, each selling a wonderful mix of independent designers work; each a hub of creativity and beauty in the neighbourhoods. Each store is staffed by committed, passionate and fun store staff who know the customers by name, help them get exactly what they want and help them feel transformed, beautiful and self expressed every day.

We see a future where Fashion Grads can build a career in starting their own line, being creative and fulfilled and getting the the support they need to connect with customers in our shops. We see a future where communities are vibrant and full of character, where Fresh Collective locations can thrive all over Toronto with more and more local designers growing and succeeding with us. We see Fresh Collective providing a model for other small businesses to grow and thrive and maintain their character, and Toronto being a better place for lots of reasons because of what we create together. I see Fresh Collective outliving me, as we are working to build a solid business structure that can live on into the future for ALL the people- staff, designers and customers, who have made it what it is.

We are asking for your involvement to make this happen. We just want to know all about you so we can meet your needs better and you can shop with us more often!

What do you want from us? What do you love about us? What frustrates you about us? What can we do to make you happy? Tell us about your jobs, your kids, your lives and give us the clues to make sure Fresh Collective is exactly what you want!

Know that in taking the time to do this, you’re really part of a fashion revolution, a small business revolution and you’re very much part of shaping the future.

I’m really serious when we say we’re here to listen, and each survey will get a personal answer from me. Thank you very much in advance for your time. We couldn’t do it without you!

xo – Laura-Jean

ONE LUCKY PARTICIPANT WILL WIN A FRESH COLLECTIVE WARDROBE MAKEOVER IN-STORE CONSULT!

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FRESH AWARDS: Voting now open!

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Over the past week I’ve been so happy to receive nominations and learn about some incredible, incredible women.

These 6 ladies have been nominated by some very special friends; friends who want the world to see how amazing the women in their life are! Help us celebrate these women (and all great women in our lives) by clicking the photo above, LIKING the Fresh Collective Facebook page and LIKING the photo of the woman of your choice in the nominee photo album (and yes, you can like each and every one of them).

I also invite you to take time today to acknowledge the special women in your life that inspire you every day. At Fresh Collective we are so committed to celebrating the beauty, courage and strength of real women all over the world. It starts with you and me!

That said I’d like to take the time to acknowledge my sister, Katie. She’s always been my “little” sister as she’s 6 years younger than me, but I’ve recently realized that there is nothing “little” about her. She’s an amazing young woman with a big heart and an amazing dream.

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Last summer, Katie’s beloved dog Miya went missing, and even this many months later she has NOT given up her search for her pup. She has campaigned and hunted and raised awareness since day one, without faltering.
Even more amazing? The dog in the photo above is not Miya. This is Nala. Katie got a call that there was a boxer in a shelter that could be Miya. When she went to see if it was her, she met Nala instead, and she adopted her – not able to leave this sweet pup behind. Even still with this new love in her life, she continues her search for Miya, and is working on creating a business to help reunite loving owners with their missing dogs so no one else has to go through the heartbreak she’s experienced.
My sister is a hero, and I’m so proud to have her in my life.
Please click the photo below to like Katie’s page for Miya and share the search with us.
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Love,
Allison

Fresh Awards: Nominations Now Open!

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It’s award season! The glamorous stars of the silver screen will be gathering in Hollywood this Sunday for the Academy Awards, but here in Toronto, we want to celebrate some of the stars a little closer to home.

Over the next few weeks we want to celebrate the women in your life; the ones that inspire you, support you, move you and are special to you!

Email us 200-500 words about this fanastic woman, tell us why she deserves to be the winner of a Fresh Award! What makes her so amazing? 3 of these wonderful women will win a Fresh Collective wardrobe makeover style consultation ($100 value) and a lovely necklace from TANK jewellery!*

Our winners will win one of these beautiful TANK necklaces!

Our winners will win one of these beautiful TANK necklaces!

HOW TO NOMINATE/HOW IT WORKS

– send your nomination to media @ freshcollective . com – include your full name, email address and phone number, as well as a photo of your nominee and 200-500 words about why you’d like to nominate them!  (deadline: Friday February 22nd at 6pm)

– Nominees will be posted to the Fresh Collective Facebook Page on Wednesday February 27th. people can vote by liking the photo/description of their favourite nominee (share this with your friends and social networks to help your nominee win the race!) (voting closes: Tuesday March 5th at 6pm)

– Our 3 lucky winners will be announced and featured in a special blog post and across social media on International Women’s Day – Friday March 8th.

RULES & REGULATIONS:

*The CONTEST is open to legal residents of Canada (except Quebec), 18 years of age and older, except for employees or contractors of Fresh Collective and immediate families of or anyone living with any employee or contractor of Fresh Collective. The CONTEST is void where prohibited by law. Contestants who reside in areas where the CONTEST is prohibited by law may participate in the CONTEST but will be ineligible for the prizes. Facsimiles and illegible entries are not acceptable. Chances of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

All entries must be received during the Contest Period.

This CONTEST is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. By participating, you hereby release and hold harmless Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest from any and all liability associated with this promotion.

Fresh Collective and/or its representatives reserve the right at any time and at its sole option to: (a) place reasonable restrictions on the availability or any aspect of the prize; or (b) substitute the prize or any aspect of the prize for any reason so long as a prize or aspect of the prize of comparable price is substituted.

All prizes will be available for pick up at the store location of the winners choice, the day after the winner has been drawn. The winner will be contacted via email or telephone to arrange pick up of the prize. Shipping of the prizes is at the winners own responsibility. The Wardrobe Makeover prize is only redeemable by the contest winner in a Fresh Collective store.

None of Fresh Collective, Its designers and any partners, shareholders, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, franchisees makes any express or implied warranties of any kind with respect to safety, or performance, of the prize.

PROMOTIONS AND PUBLICATIONS OF SUBMISSIONS: CONTEST winners agree to provide Fresh Collective with contact information including full name, e-mail address and phone number. Winners’ names and any submitted photographs will appear on the Fresh Collective website and all Fresh Collective associated social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest). Fresh Collective reserves the non-exclusive right to publish any entry and/or use any entry in promotional material.

20 Days of Giveaways! (Coming Soon…)

Dear Friends of Fresh Collective,

‘Tis the season for giving and gratitude and we here at FC we are forever grateful for you – our amazing supporters and the inspiration behind everything we do. That being said, we are thrilled to announce a fun and exciting online promotion that gives you the opportunity to win some incredible prizes every week-day for the next month!

Each day we will issue you a social media challenge (it could be as simple as sending out a tweet, sharing a photo on facebook or re-pinning a fun interest on Pinterest), and each day there will be a new goodie for you to win – everything from clothing, to signed CD’s, to yoga certificates!

Be sure to visit www.freshcollective.com at 11am on Monday for all the contest details and your very first chance to win!

Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

xo – FC