About

Welcome to Fashion Runs Deep – Tuesday June 1st 2021 from 6:30 – 8:30pm

The evening will ignite important conversations surrounding resilience and inspiration in the creative industries, while showcasing the work of Toronto’s next generation of cultural producers.

Be captivated, for a change as you to spend an evening with students, mentors and well-established creatives from fashion and the arts, while raising funds for UforChange so we can continue to energize the next generation. An inspiring panel along with keynote speaker  Isabella Baboury, Fashion Executive.

Keynote Speaker

Isabella Baboury

Isabella Baboury has been in Fashion Luxury for over 10 years, she has worked in many Fashion brands such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Chloe (Richemont Group) and currently is the Director of Canada for Christian Louboutin. Isabella has studied Business and Psychology.

She is extremely passionate about Philanthropy and giving back to the communities around 

here, she is on the board for many organizations such as Fashion heals 4 sickkids, CANFAR, Sickkids hospital, Kitchener’s soup kitchen, supports many women’s shelters across Canada and supports Uforchange. Isabella supports inclusivity, diversity and ensuring communities come together to support one another, words that she lives by: “Do What You Can With All You Have, Wherever You Are.”

Our Host

Devo Brown, Host of Fashion Runs Deep virtual event.

Devo Brown

Devo Brown is a TV personality that is currently seen daily across Canada on Breakfast Television – a national morning television show. His experience and reputation as a great interviewer has led him to chat with many of the industry’s most sought after celebrities.

Our Moderator

Victoria Diplicado, Moderator of Fashion Runs Deep virtual event in Toronto

Victoria Diplacido

Victoria currently works with fashion and beauty creators at TikTok Canada. She was previously the digital director at ELLECanada.com, where she grew readership by 85 percent year-over-over.

Her writing has been published in The Toronto Star, FASHION and Toronto Life, among other publications. Her work championing Canadian women, brands and creators has been syndicated internationally.

Ambassadors

Sam and Cailli Beckerman

Sam and Cailli Beckerman are Toronto-based identical twins, Fashion Institute of Technology graduates, who also starred in a fashion documentary with National Geographic, and were also featured on the cover of WWD.

The article, “TWIN-FLUENCERS: The Latest Influencer Phenomenon” stated that the Beckerman’s are a high in demand duo and the most influential twins in Canada. Cailli and Sam were dubbed “human glitter” by the New York Times. They are celebrated for their eccentric sense of style, bold beauty looks, aspirational travel + adventurous

globe-trotting. They are known for their infectious energy and genuine passion, and are inarguably iconic fixtures in the street style scene. With a rampant following that includes celebrities, musicians like Rihanna, Diplo, Jeremy Scott and fashion’s elite, the Beckerman’s have collaborated with Chanel, Disney, Apple, Dior H&M, Aldo, Versace, Hudsons Bay and more. They worked closely with Sick Kids Hospital,CANFAR (Canadian Foundation for Aids Research) The Paddle Project (sending kids who have cancer to camp), and the Brain Project to raise money for Alzheimers.

Event Panelists

Abiola Akinsiku, Panel for Fashion Runs Deep Event.

Abiola Akinsiku

Head Designer/Creative Director of Precious Threads

Abiola Akinsiku is the award winning (2017 and 2018 African Fashion Industry Award; 2021 Black Designers of Canada Award) Head Designer/Creative Director responsible for the design of collections at Precious Threads by Abiola.  She works passionately every day to build a brand that is indicative of her rich Nigerian culture and values.  

Abiola is inspired and attracted to architecture, structure, clean lines and the relentless pursuit of excellence.  She is passionate

about giving back and amongst her many hats, also teaches sewing skills to young women and girls at the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment.  She has also partnered with Women’s Habitat, (an organization that provides counselling, support, advocacy and shelter to women and children’ fleeing domestic violence) to raise funds for the purchase of machines to support the establishment of a sewing and entrepreneurship program.

Jennifer Harper, Panel for Fashion Runs Deep Event.

Jennifer Harper

Founder and CEO of Cheekbone
Beauty Cosmetics

An award-winning social entrepreneur, Jenn Harper is the founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics INC.  Cheekbone Beauty is a digitally native direct to consumer brand that is helping Indigenous youth see themselves in a beauty brand.

Jennifer Harper has been making a name for herself in the beauty industry for a number of years but has been gaining popularity quickly after being on the hit CBC show, Dragons Den.

Cheekbone Beauty continues to support the FNCFCS today by donating 10% of the profits to Shannen’s Dream.

In addition to Cheekbone’s mission, she strives to educate as many people as possible about the Residential School System and the effects it has had on my family and friends through decades of generational trauma. She speaks regularly to university, college and high school students about social entrepreneurship, empathy and the history of her First Nations family. She has also been invited to speak to various entrepreneur groups, women in business associations, Apple Canada and First Nations organizations.

In 2019, Jenn was named ‘Women of the Year’ by Chatelaine Magazine.

Justin Wu, Panel for Fashion Runs Deep Event.

Justin Wu

Director/Photographer/Filmmaker 

Justin Wu is a Toronto-based Director and Photographer. 

He is best known for his uplifting approach in his videos and commercials; most notably, his music video for Jay-Z’s Life+Times ‘Empire State of Mind’ received international acclaim and he has been featured on CBS News, MTV, Huffington Post, Vogue, GQ, Entertainment Tonight, and Le Grand Journal (Canal+)

Justin has worked with top tier brands and established talents including L’Oreal Paris, Dior, Ferragamo, Victoria Beckham, Jeremy Irons, Selena Gomez, Willem Dafoe, Susan Surandon, Joaquin Phoenix, Simu Liu, and more.

He directed his first short film, Coup de grâce, which exhibited at the modern art museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, in Paris.

Justin was a guest star Director on Germany’s Next Top Model judging alongside Heidi Klum and 

he also graduated from the Half Initiative by Ryan Murphy on the hit Fox show 9-1-1. He is presently nominated for the 2020 Image-maker of the Year Award by the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA).

His philanthropic work has also won him the 2020 US Power of Purpose award for the awareness campaign he co-founded for the United Nations. As a member of the LGBTI community, he continues to stand for inclusion, representation, and equity. On the side, Justin has made keynote addresses in association with Greenpeace, the Canon Creator Lab, and he has guest lectured at School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City.

This past fall, Justin directed an episode of the hit sitcom Kim’s Convenience on Netflix and concurrently, he is wrapping a feature documentary he wrote and directed about the ongoing refugee crisis. Both will air in 2021.

Rosa Halpern, Panel for Fashion Runs Deep Event.

Rosa Halpern

By The Namesake

Founder/Creative Director

Rosa Halpern is the owner, designer and life force behind By The Namesake. Her background in fashion is extensive, learning to sew and pattern at age 10 and having her first internship at age 16.

By The Namesake started organically when a friend asked Rosa to make a leather jacket 

after tirelessly searching for a jacket that fit her perfectly and had every feature she was looking for. And then more requests started coming in, and more… until Rosa realized she had a waitlist of people who wanted to customize a leather jacket. An untapped niche; and so By The Namesake was born.

About UforCHANGE Movement

Fashion Runs Deep Event by UforChange Movement, non-profit organization for youth empowerment.

VISION

Every young person confidently pursues a future rich with opportunity.

MISSION

To mentor young people in the pursuit of their artistic and aspirational passions in an inclusive community.

UforCHANGE provides young people, ages 16-29, from all over the Greater Toronto Area, with a combination of creative, practical and soft skills that will help them develop their careers in a safe, supportive and collaborative environment. We achieve this through our Core Arts program, offered to over 30 young people every year, along with a series of industry partnerships that lead to workshops and mentorships, which empowers another 350 youth every year.