Style Profile – Jennifer Piggott

Name: Jennifer Piggott
Occupation: Event Specialist at Bullfrog Power
Age: 25
Lifestyle: Twentysomething environmentalist


Dress: Leigh Holes Tulip dress by Mandala Design, $138; Necklace by Love Montreal.


What’s a typical day like for you?  After hitting the snooze button a few times, I roll out of bed and get ready for work. I make sure to pick all my clothes for the day the night before or else I’ll spend way too long staring at my closet in a pre-coffee fog. I spend the day working to get the word out about Bullfrog Power’s green energy in every way I can. After a busy day at the office, I head home to throw together vegetarian dinner and get my Netflix on. And then I do it all again the next day!


Bike scarf; Top: Amethyst Tunic by Jennifer Fukushima, $139, Leggings: Essential Leggings by Spanx, $108.


 What in your life is really important to you?  It may sound cliché in the age of everyone being a “foodie,” but… food! It makes me happy to enjoy simple things like fresh, local produce or a home-cooked meal.

 What would you like to be remembered for? Hmm! Well, if people think of me in a positive way, remember a time I helped put a smile on their face or made them laugh, then that’s good enough for me.

What role does fashion play in your life? I am a comfort-first kind of girl, but love clothes and fashion too. To me, fashion is a balancing act—between comfort and style, high and low-end items and budgeting for new pieces! 


Top: Tulip Collar tee by Mandala Design, $78; Skirt: Tilda Flare Midi Skirt by Mandala Design, $98, Necklace: Curious Oddities; Bag, Abiko by Matt & Nat.


What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love the eclectic nature of the pieces and the feeling that I couldn’t find them just anywhere. It’s nice to walk down the street and not see five other people wearing the same top you are!

 What do you have that you want to promote?  My friends and family could tell you—I’m always promoting Bullfrog Power! As Canada’s leading green energy provider, Bullfrog makes it easy for individuals and businesses to choose green energy. I also want to give kudos to Fresh Collective, Mandala Design and Jennifer Fukushima for choosing green energy!




Style Profile – Suha Jethalal

Name: Suha Jethalal
Occupation: Director, Residential Sales & Marketing, Bullfrog Power
Age:  35


Blouse: Dotty Design Studio, $98; Bracelet: Curious Oddities, $36; Jeans: Yoga Jeans High Rise Ankle – Second Denim, $120; Shoes – The Art Company $170

Lifestyle: Working mum of 2

What’s a typical day like for you? Kids, coffee, commute, coffee (#2), consumer sales/mktg, commute, cook, kids, clean up, catch up with hubby, crash.

What in your life is really important to you? A large amount of high quality time with the important people in my life and doing good. =)


What role does fashion play in your life? Fashion gives me confidence…and often makes my husband happy!

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love Fresh Collective’s portfolio of unique designers who are down to earth and willing to mix it up.


Dress: Mona – Mandala Design, $148; Necklace: Curious Oddities, $36; Shoes: The Art Company, $170.


What do you have that you want to promote?  Bullfrog Power, of course! We’re Canada’s largest green energy provider, allowing homes and businesses to choose clean, pollution-free power and create a cleaner environment. Check us out at!

Here’s a special offer for the Fresh Collective audience!  Save up to $50 when you opt for green power with Bullfrog!

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Did you know that Fresh Collective chooses 100% green electricity with Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider? This means that Bullfrog’s generators put green electricity onto the grid to match the amount of electricity we use. Bullfrog ensures the energy going onto the grid on our behalf is from clean, renewable sources–displacing energy from polluting sources.
Imagine if all the energy we used came from clean, pollution-free sources! Bullfrog makes it easy for you to switch your home to 100% renewable energy, too. Receive up to $50 off your first residential bill, courtesy of Fresh Collective, by entering the promotional code FRESHCOLLECTIVE when you sign up today.”

Style Profile: Hollie Hoadley

Name: Hollie Hoadley
Occupation: President, Lead Strategist of Creative Solutions Consulting (Entrepreneur and Professional Problem Solver)
Age: Younger than Betty White and older than Justin Beiber. Just started seeing wrinkles but no grey hair.

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Dress: Heidi -Mandala Design, $ 168; Necklace: Liberty & Love $ 32; Shoes: Amsterdam – The Art Company, $ 230


Lifestyle: Self-proclaimed hustler. Perfectionist. Networker. Blonde joke advocate. Loves bacon. Super sporty athlete but wants to eat tacos too.

What’s a typical day like for you? 8am alarm goes off. I hit snoozes every 9 mins while checking Twitter and Instagram in bed until just after 9am. 9:05am get pumped for the day ahead. Eat breakfast in front of computer while checking emails, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Work on the computer until I realize that food should probably happen…and soon. Shove food in. Repeat until supper. All of a sudden it is 12am and I should probably stop working now. I write a list of tasks for tomorrow right before a shower. And finally bedtime….but not before checking Instagram just one more time. And sometimes I even throw in meetings throughout the day, in which case I shower and get all dolled up.

 What in your life is really important to you? Family. It is the most important thing someone can have. Even if they aren’t biological, you adopt people into your life and they become your family. I am not sure what I would do without these jerks. Love you all.


Cardigan: Cardamine Cardigan – Jennifer Fukushima, $ 169; Top: Charlie Slouch Tee – Mandala Design, $ 58; Pants: Diamond Cropped Pant – Brenda Beddome $139; Bracelet: Leather Bracelet – BurfurtART, $58; Necklace: BurfurtART, $ 34; Purse: Moxy – Matt & Nat, regular price $96, now 20% off at 76.80

 What would you like to be remembered for? I used to think I wanted to be remembered for my butt. I realized that those things aren’t the most important things anymore. Now I want to be remembered for my laugh, my smile and how I make people feel when we interact. I hope to inspire people and leave my mark in some moment in their life. And hey…..if they remember my butt, then……bonus!

What role does fashion play in your life? I have gone through MANY style changes over the years. From tomboy to miniskirts and all the way to business suits. I never really knew my style. I knew what looked good on me and what colors brought out my baby blues but not a defined style. It has taken me a long time but I think I know who I am now. I don’t follow trends. I don’t spend thousands on brand name purses but I choose items that will stand the test of time. Fashionable items that are a bit different that are exactly me!

 What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love that they support local. They are in great locations and the staff are sooooo helpful! Great selection of quality clothes and accessories. And for doing things like this!


Dress: Patti Shirtdress- Mandala Design, $178; Bracelet: Leather Bracelet, BurfurtART, $58; Necklace: BurfurtART, $34; Shoes: April – Miz Mooz, $125

What do you have that you want to promote?  As an entrepreneur, I find it hard to have real connections with other business people. All of the networking events seem the same. Financial advisors, Multi Level Marketing reps, people only attending to get business or free food and drinks. They never attend to connect; to make actual, real connections. A colleague and I decided to start a Meetup group for those reasons. It’s called ‘Women Behind the Business”. If you are an entrepreneur who wants to replace your current board of directors (children, pets, family members) with people who are walking in your shoes, if you want to learn from the collective experiences and knowledge of this group, and show genuine support and respect for bold women like yourself, then this group is for you. Similar to a Mastermind group, we will be bringing people together with different experiences and ideas to collaborate, brainstorm, and provide support to help the participants overcome obstacles. For business owners Masterminding can help you model other successful entrepreneurs, make you accountable for achieving your goals, and provide you with your own personal experienced advisory group. Our meetups will be informational and focused yet lighthearted and fun.   First Meetup – April 21st

Is there anything else we should know about you? I genuinely love being an entrepreneur and helping other entrepreneurs. I love going for coffee and brainstorming business ideas. I love seeing those ideas come to fruition. And wait….did I mention I love bacon?

 Where can people find you on social media? EVERYWHERE!!!







Fresh Collective Style Profile – Laura Spink

I became a fan of Laura’s band The Young Novelists after seeing them share the stage with the band my husband plays in (Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins).   Their music is great (check it out!) and following their activity on Facebook I could see they were travelling a lot and playing lots of gigs all over the place.  What I didn’t know until I got to know her better was that Laura also is a mom and has a full time career as a scientist!  Let’s learn a little more about this fabulous busy, inspiring and accomplished lady!  – Laura-Jean, CEO and Founder of Fresh Collective

Name: Laura Spink
Occupation: Vocalist and percussionist in Toronto-based folk-rock band The Young Novelists and hydrogeologist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Age: A good age.
Lifestyle: So busy! But in a good way! I dress pretty casually during the day, but when I perform I dress up.


Top: Erika – Mandala Design $78
Skirt: Jupiter – Annie 50 $145
Shoes – Lonna Mary Jane – Hush Puppies $100

What’s a typical day like for you?

I’m so not a morning person, so on a typical weekday when I’m not playing a gig, I force myself out of bed, have a quick shower, throw on something work appropriate, kiss my husband and son goodbye and dash out the door to catch the bus to my day job downtown. After work I come home and spend time with my son until his bedtime around eight. Then depending on the night, I’ll either have rehearsal, hunker down in front of the computer and do administrative band things (endless emails, social media stuff, graphic design), or go out to see live music and catch up with friends. There is so much live music going on on any given night in Toronto; it’s really quite amazing!


Jacket: Monilifera Blazer – Jennifer Fukushima $379
Top: Yasmine Louis $55
Jeans: Yoga Jean (High Rise Skinny) $120
Boots: Laura’s own

What in your life is really important to you?

Spending time with my four year old son Simon is the most precious thing. He is the most amazing person I know. But it’s also important to my husband and I that Simon sees his parents do what they love doing, which means that sometimes we’re away from home playing music (and our he gets to hang out with his grandparents). It’s a balance and we’re always reassessing how to make it work so we’re all happy.

What role does fashion play in your life?

Honestly, I feel somewhat overwhelmed by fashion a lot of the time. I know what I like on other people, but I feel totally overwhelmed when I go shopping for clothes. I’m a lot more confident when it comes to the dresses I perform in though. When I was in grade nine, my grandmother let my sister and I raid her closet, since then I’ve always loved that 50s and 60s vibe. When I play I generally wear one of my grandmother’s dresses or a vintage inspired dress from one of the independent clothing shops around town. Dressing up helps put me in a different headspace.


Dress: Jayne Retro Shirt Dress – Mandala Design $138
Shoes: Adah ankle boots – Miz Mooz $210 (now on sale for $168)

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

The folks who work there are so great at helping style challenged people like me put together an outfit. Plus the clothes they carry are mostly independent Canadian designers, which I love.

What do you have that you want to promote? 

The Young Novelists are playing a residency at the Cameron House (408 Queen St West) from 8-10pm every Monday in November (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th). We’re also putting the finishing touches on our new album, which will be release in the Spring, and we’re planning a big old party to celebrate!

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I was a pretty good triple jumper and 200 metre sprinter back in high-school.

Where can people find you on social media?







Fresh Collective Style Profile – Jennifer Fukushima

Jenn has been working with Fresh Collective for many years now, and I’m impressed to see her passion, drive and dedication unfold over the years.  A savvy businessperson, Jenn is equally creative and committed to shaping a new future for fashion with her eco-friendly fabrics and environmentally conscious methods.  Jennifer Fukushima is a shining light in the Toronto fashion industry, and an example to emerging designers of what passion, hard work and commitment can bring.  I’m proud to have been able to play a part in Jenn’s career all these years, and I am very excited about the future this talented young woman is creating.

– Laura-Jean, Founder and CEO of Fresh Collective

Tunic: Apiomorpha Tunic in purple – Jennifer Fukushima $199
Bag: Parabole – Matt & Nat – $128
(photo: Braeden Miller)

Name: Jennifer Fukushima

Occupation: Designer & owner of Jennifer Fukushima

Age: 30

Lifestyle: Cycling, adventures & live music

What’s a typical day like for you? It really varies depending on the time of year.  I spend certain times of the year designing, developing products and production, other times of the year I have a lot of trade shows and sales.

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FC Designer Spotlight: Paper People Clothing

Jennifer Fukushimaand her team spend hours sifting through vintage castoffs to find the best materials to create their eclectic palette of printed, tonal and textural fashions.Layer up and stay warm without compromising your individuality and personal style.  Paper People is sleek, stylish and feminine – you’ll never look frumpy when you put on one of our sweaters!Made from the highest quality reclaimed sweaters and eco-conscious textiles, with a little tender loving care your favourite sweater will stay looking fresh for seasons to come!  This winter we have expanded our accessories offerings to keep you feeling warm, cozy and stylish.


The Maude Blazer is a repeat from last Fall/Winter. We made them late in the season (right before Xmas) so they had a very late launch but we found they did amazingly well at the One of a Kind Show so we decided to bring them back this year! The sleeves are cut long with lined cuffs so they can be rolled up – no need to hem or alter. They are professional enough to wear to the office but are also so cozy you’ll want to wear them around the house or out for a walk in the brisk autumn weather.  They look great with a tee and jeans, over a dress or paired with a pencil skirt and blouse.

The Alexandra Dress is our other “it” piece. Over the past few years we’ve become known for our body hugging sweater dresses. They’re equal parts cozy and sexy. We think that staying warm shouldn’t equal looking frumpy. This dress has princess seams that cut up the body in a flattering way and the v-neckline is trimmed with a matching velvet ribbon.  Much like the blazer, this one can be dressed up or down. Pair it with tights and boots for a cozy and casual look or throw on a fancy necklace and heels and you’re ready for a night out.

Q&A with Paper People Designer Jennifer Fukushima:

How long have you been designing/where did you get your start?
I have been designing under my current label for 11 years. I started my business making handbags and accessories when I was 17. After graduating high school, I moved to Toronto to attend Ryerson University’s fashion design program and began designing and selling clothing.
Where did you find your inspiration for this collection?

My designs are often inspired by vintage pieces, things from the past and the very materials that we reclaim.  The bottom line is that we aim to design pieces that are wearable, yet creative and inspired.

If you could dress any celebrity who would it be?

Devendra Banhart.

What is the most rewarding part about having your own line?

I love the freedom of being able to make my own choices and take my own direction with my career, plus giving other people the opportunity to share in the experience.  That and I always get a kick out of how shocked people are when they find out that I run my own clothing line and that it is carried in stores across Canada and no I don’t work from home.  I look and act younger than I am so most people assume I’m a student or a dirty hippie.

What has been the best part of your Fresh Collective journey thus far?

I love Fresh Collective because it has given me the opportunity to meet, network with, befriend, mentor and be mentored by so many like minded, creative individuals.