It’s not everyday that 60+ teenage girls descend upon your studio dressed to impress and sporting tiaras and sashes. StoriaPR contacted us to support Miss Teenage Canada as part of their Toronto tour and national competition. The goal of their Nuvango visit - to introduce these young women to mentors in leadership, entrepreneurship and maker positions.
The morning kicked off with all of the Delegates meeting a few of their tour guides: Hillary Sampliner / Director of Fashion Design, Conni Zarifis / Fashion Designer, Brianna Bordihn / Communications Coordinator, me (Dawn Laing / Director of Communications and Marketing), and Wilma (Studio Dog and official Nuvango cuddler). Hometowns & provinces were shared (East Coast Represent!) and the Nuvango team provided some insights that we each have gleaned through years of internships, hustling for experience and spending our free time building our careers and our passions. The common threads: Perseverance X Art X Fashion X Creating.
The girls toured around our vertically integrated manufacturing studio (fancy words for—we make EVERYTHING in house, ourselves, and manage the product lifecycle from printing to cutting to sewing and distribution). All of the Delegates had the chance to meet our sewing team including Jess Mae (Industrial Sewist, shown above) who shared how she has found a passion for sustainable fashion and art while working with Nuvango. Each Delegate had the chance to ask questions, interact with the garments, and observe our manufacturing processes.
The morning ended with all of the girls getting together for a group photo shoot. We invited all of the Delegates to try on our latest collection (Colour Theory) and get silly with Brianna (shown above), who was shooting for the morning. No one has heard joy like the squeal of a teenage girl when you say, “pick anything you want from this rack, including the couture, and we’ll snap pictures of ya!”…. The smiling, giggling and positive energy that was brought into the studio this week made an unforgettable impression.
Best of luck to all of the Miss Teenage Canada Delegates as they take to the stage for their pageant this Sunday. Thank you for being interested in fashion, asking questions and for showing genuine interest in Canadian-made goods.