January 15-21, 2018
Philip Sparks Tailored Goods has been providing luxury menswear in Toronto for over a decade. His work has been sold at high-end retailers like Holt Renfrew and Hudson’s Bay, and Sparks has been named among Canada’s top menswear designers. With a focus on slow fashion and refined craftsmanship, he creates high quality clothing that is both sustainable and timeless.
I’ve had the Festival’s support since its inception. I enjoy revisiting the city and traveling to different sites.
My birthday usually falls near the end of the Festival. I have many fond memories celebrating it at the Love Design Party, in particular in 2011 when LeuWebb Projects was given the Gladstone Ballroom for their Come Up To My Room installation.
Everywhere. Sometimes I find inspiration in a discarded piece of rubbish. Funnily enough, I most often find inspiration at antique fairs, thrift shops, and in old books.
I’m a maker first, and have a deep passion for my craft. Because I’m both the maker and designer, I’m able to run a design practice that is very inclusive. Our primary focus is now on custom clothing, each piece is made specific to an individual’s needs.
The Festival plays an obvious role in engaging Canadians and providing a platform to show new works. Its most important role to me is the celebratory and social role it plays within the industry. Designers lead busy work lives, and the Festival covers multiple disciplines that many might not otherwise engage with.
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