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Meet Afiya Francisco – Fashion Journalist

Afiya Francisco
A former editor at LOULOU, Afiya Francisco has a solid background in magazine publishing. Since becoming a freelancer, she has focused her skills as a style expert and fashion presenter. As well as writing her own fashion blog – thestylehouse.ca – Francisco is a regular fashion contributor to the Steven & Chris Show, the Morning Show and Entertainment Tonight Canada.

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Jeanne Beker is one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry in Canada and around the world. Beker was host of FASHION TELEVISION for 27 years. Currently, she is host of Bell Media's FashionTelevisionChannel as well as a contributing editor for The Toronto Star and The Kit, a columnist for Metro News, author of five books, and a regular style correspondent for CANADA AM and ETALK.

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What’s not to love about reporting on the latest fashion trends from Paris or Milan? No question, this fast-paced career is glamorous but it’s also hard work. Your typical day may include writing or editing stories, dealing with photographers, public relations specialists and designers, and helping to coordinate and style a fashion shoot.

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Genia Albi has been with Over the Rainbow for 20 years. Over the Rainbow has been in business in Toronto’s Yorkville for 37 years and has a reputation for being one of the best denim stores in North America.

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Karen Yamashita began her career at Eaton’s where she was the Outerwear/Swim Buyer for 16 years. Following shorter stints as a buyer at Winner’s and then The Bay, she joined Sears Canada in 2005 where she has been the Senior Buyer of Outerwear/Swim, buying for Sears’ 118 stores across Canada.

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If you love to shop, this is your bespoke career! A fashion buyer shops the world for the clothes, shoes or accessories guaranteed (she or he hopes!) to walk out of the store.

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Natalie has owned the Toronto-based Gangbar Winslade Agency with partner Heather Winslade since 1984. The agency represents manufacturers and designers of mostly higher end ready-to-wear sportswear; customers are retail chains and boutiques.

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