CHRISTIAN DARE, Co-Founder & COO
Christian Dare worked within fashion retail for over 17 years, where he quickly worked his way up from in-store stylist: Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal (and even a stint in Ottawa and Halifax). This coast-to-coast understanding of Canada allows Christian to understand the localized challenges for designers and offer solutions on how to overcome them.
Christian spent most of his formative years living and working in several of Canada’s major retailers as the national visual merchandising manager.
He has worked for the Gap, Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren, H&M and Holt Renfrew. These experiences have informed Christian’s unique and visionary approach to fashion retail.
With all this under his belt and a Masters in Fashion Branding/Creative Direction, Christian is ready to foster and propel Canadian designers and brands forward.
GAIL MCINNES, Co-Founder & CEO
Glasgow-born, Toronto-based Gail McInnes has worked in the fashion industry for over twenty years with a focus on managing and promoting entrepreneurs and performers. She is the owner of brand and publicity management agency Magnet Creative Management and co-owner of the exclusive fashion showroom Stylist Box. Over the past two decades, she has accumulated an impressive clientele; having worked with actors, artists, and designers.
Her in-depth view and opinions into the world of style are often called upon for various television appearances and interviews as an expert in her field, including CBC, Global TV, CTV News, National Post, Globe & Mail, Slice Network, Toronto Star, and more.
Gail gained international recognition when she was nominated in 2011 as “Communicator of the Year” by the prestigious Scottish Fashion Awards, in association with VOGUE.com. She is a twice-nominee of the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards having been nominated. She is also a recipient of the CANFAR Kiss Award.
Gail devotes her extra time to furthering the careers of the next generation of fashion and arts entrepreneurs through esteemed organizations including UforChange, Youth Employment Services YES, Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) as a mentor, and is regularly called upon as a guest speaker at various colleges and universities. She has served as a member of the CAFA (Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards) nomination committee and offered her expertise over the years as a judge for the P&G Beauty Awards.