Story of Fashion®, is set to be the next social movement for bringing about a new set of aspirations and experiences for our modern lifestyle. One that will re-invigorate the way we enjoy our cities, and energize a new sense and vision for ‘The New Story of How We Live”. One that will usher in a series of innovative Social Events and dynamic Experiences, that engage our public in networking, meet ups, singles gatherings and stimulating shows that present new lifestyle ideas by supporting the handcraft excellence by wine makers, artisans of chocolates, handmade cheeses, jewellery, fashion designers, furniture designers, and creators of musical instruments. Each show and event we produce will be an amazing Experience with our special touch of personal interaction, with wine tastings, live demonstrations by artisans and the most innovative, interactive fashion shows, starting from our home city of Toronto. Patrons coming to our show, will feel a sense of community, a passion and will be witness to the latest story of fashion!
SOF is the creation of Japanese-Canadian metalsmith, industrial designer, and OCAD alumnus, Hikaru Kiyonaga.
It is an important Canadian-based portal that brings together, the most exclusive handcrafted products and it’s creators, to a meaningful public engagement. To have the public touch and try on each piece of jewellery, or play a handcrafted guitar, or taste a glass of handcrafted wine. Each event is lead by experts in their fields, to engage the attendees in a meaningful, fun, and educational evening!
At the heart of each event is a focus to things created with love, a theme of living with a higher level of Substance, Authenticity, and Connection, in which compliment the values of our print publication, and our Film Series, hosted by our journalists Alessandro Dialuce, Anna O., Tiana Atapattu, and Angela Gu.
We have 3 core concepts at work, in what is becoming the newest, most substantial platform to change how media communicates and engages our public, during a time when the modern newsstand is rapidly changing and in decline.
Our first mandate, in our print publication, which is circulated by Magazines Canada, is to provide the finest in journalism and image art, to devote an entire book for the work of artists, craftsman, chefs, winemakers, instrument makers, musicians, and, jewellery designers, and fashion designers, whereby everything is made by hand, from human touch, and personal authorship. Each edition is a one of a kind book that stands for originality, innovation and excellence at the highest levels. With immense value for the public to be able to have a definitive guidebook to products of lasting value, connection to the world’s finest designers of excellence.
Our second concept, is that our platform’s content is sectioned into 3 major elements, on Food, Fashion, and Music. In which we believe are the most important elements for our lifestyle, in which we always participate in, that speak of our personal and cultural identity, that gets passed from generation to generation, and they all tell our latest stories, of how we live and celebrate life. For example, wines over the dinner table, is instrumental in how we pass and share our stories to others. Music, in a song, tell the stories about our loves and heartaches.
Our third concept is to apply our storytelling into a Live Experiences platform about life and how we Touch Life, with the mission to provide the most indelible Experiences, for a public seeking more Authenticity and Substance for lifestyle.
What is unique about our concept is that it is inspired by a respect to the fundamentals of creativity, an honour for our designers, craftsman, winemakers. In which our Director, Mr. Kiyonaga has cited William Morris as a pinnacle inspiration to the creation of SOF. Where, back in the 1800’s the industrial revolution began and people started seeing huge factories of dark smoke appear all over Britain. Here was the first time, mass produced chairs and eye glasses were being made, and the beginning of when people stopped going to the craftsman for their daily products. William Morris created what was called the Arts & Crafts movement back then as a revolution against mass produced things, to restore what he called ‘The Earthy Paradise”. In the 1990’s Kiyonaga was a docent at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and he lead large groups of people through to discuss the collection, which profoundly influenced him. Today he leads something uniquely built over 18 years of perseverance and hard work, to contribute a modern Earthly Paradise, which he has termed, the Story of Fashion.
Our print publication is a gorgeous, 9”x12” deluxe oversized, coffee table collectable treasure, each edition, itself custom created, by the finest photographers, makeup artists, stylists, journalists, and industry talents, circulated at Chapters/Indigo, Whole Foods, newsstands across Canada and the US, select newsstands globally, with a digital versions available online in major app formats. And with this special initiative, a new print magazine lives to bring substance for the importance of a hand held book, in an increasing digital world. Our book is in itself our handmade craft.
We also invite you to visit our YouTube Channel Storyoffashion for our Film Series and weekly videos on Food, Fashion and Music.
And we would love to meet you at our next Wine Tasting with Alessandro Dialuce in Feb 2019, and our Salon Style Jewellery Show on March 23rd 2019.
Anna is one of the most prolific photographers in the industry who maintains the open mind, 'to always keep fresh, young...and will try anything'. This makes her work extremely new and possesses a sense of new discovery, magic, in which is part of what has created Anna's namesake and reputation in the wedding photography industry. Her work is full of life and it's this quality that exudes so much character that anna has made her mark in our publication, as our staff photographer.
Elizabeth is an emerging young thinker of her generation infatuated by all things culture. With training from Toronto’s finest institutions in her back pocket including the RCM, Havergal College, and the University of Toronto, Elizabeth plans to become involved in independent films and contentious publications around the world, primarily through writing and production. She hopes to shock the world through words and images. Down the road, Elizabeth also plans to pursue a career in corporate or divorce law. Elizabeth advocates for the power of people and their stories, and in making authentic connections in a neoliberal world. She believes in saying ‘yes’ to random life experiences, in biographies and self-help books, and in the dream pop music genre. She is well-versed in areas of music, athletics, and neuroscience, and is a devoted patron to the arts. Elizabeth hopes to add something to society someday whilst chasing her own random life experiences.
Alessandro is an 11th generation Roman and proud new Canadian, giving us the most contemporary engagement into why wine and food is crucial to our lifestyle. It's about his passion, and expertise, which exudes in his interviews of leading wine makers, chefs and food specialists from the world over. Alessandro brings a fresh, new perspective, representing a sophisticated global traveller in love with wine and food, eager to learn from individual winemakers and chefs, on their regions unique strengths, challenges, ingredients, tastes and style, featuring a unique voice for winemakers and food specialists through our TV Series Story of Fashion™ with Alessandro Dialuce.
Alessandro is celebrating his 13th year as an international wine exporter, specializing in organic wines from boutique Italian vineyards. He brings to us his extensive expertise in the wine industry, from the families who have nurtured their vineyards, most of them for generations, from the interesting journey of wine, to our stores and restaurants, to our very palettes.
Alessandro is a cosmopolitan, whom enjoys fashion and style, engaged with food and wine. His own creation of Penne All'arrabbiata with chopped fresh salmon, dill and Italian organic olive oil is a unique “Italy meets Canada” fusion dish. And his Cacio E Pepe is to die for.
I am a young and vibrant individual who loves jewellery. In my opinion, jewellery is what brings out the uniqueness of an outfit, and the small simple touches can change an entire look from day to night, casual to formal, and bring an authentic story that is about 'who we are', that can carry into every piece you wear.
The experiences that give me a unique view of lifestyle and where we can be in life, comes from living in Dubai for many years, in which I have been involved in various aspects of the creative, media industry, for a significant part of my life. Being a part of the Story of Fashion Journey has allowed me to embrace and share my multi-cultural perspective, its vision and story that I carry, to communicate it through influence and inspiration of jewellery and accessories.
Naufal, hails from Malaysia, bringing to our team a uniquely emerging culture, and his own flare for fashion and style. Our publisher has nicknamed him Bruce Lee, for a slight resemblance, especially when he has his glasses on.
Jackson is from Chongqing China, known for it's location next to the famous Yangtze River, and it's wealth of ancient art. He brings his artistic talent and depth of lines and lighting, to our Canadian photoshoots (and abroad), enhancing the work of our North American body of work, in which we love his global experiences. Jackson is an avid photographer seeking artistry in this work in which his style plays with light and dimensions of depth.
Creator. Writer. Explorer. Trailblazer.
Angela Gu is a Torontonian communications maven, a rising star in her field. While being academically accomplished, she is most passionate about authentic stories and the people behind them. Her CV reads like an epic, covering diverse fields and wide areas of interest, from fashion to law to environmental sustainability. Her writing has been published both in print and on multiple online platforms. Angela also loves bringing people together and building connections. She honed her organizational skills through her long tenure on the Hart House Literary and Library Committee, where she has been recognized by the institution for her leadership and dedication. With her unapologetic determination and grit, she gets things done. She does not wait for things to happen, she is a doer. All seriousness aside, she is from the prestigious Trinity College at the University of Toronto and she has an incurable appreciation of all things fine. A polyglot, she speaks English, French and Mandarin, and is learning Italian and Spanish. Her aspirations are manyfold, and she hopes to continue travelling the world while doing what she loves.
Alia is our talented graphic designer and the curator of the character in which Story of Fashion communicates. As someone with hobbies in books, film, tabletop games and video games, she strives to tell emotionally relatable stories though her artwork. Alia draws inspiration from her hobbies and also from the love and support of her family, cat, and boyfriend. With training from Seneca College, her amazing skills come from her background as a professional illustrator in both digital mediums and traditional mediums such as watercolour and ink. With enough creativity to keep life interesting, Alia can’t wait to show you incredible stories through her work and illustration in each issue.
Amy has become a most invaluable member of our team, for both the passion she brings, which stems from her love of life's experiences, and her insightful, creative and gorgeous marketing solutions for our clients. She is versed in the art of communications with a fluency in Korean but also has the ability to speak conversational Mandarin and Japanese. In her spare time she also volunteers at Prostate Cancer Canada, and can be found embarking on projects that involve a high sense of adventure and discovery.
Hikaru is an alumnus of The Ontario College of Art and Design, from industrial design, metalsmithing, and the foundry arts. One of his key personal works was the creation of his handcast silver dragon brooch, with 2 ruby inlaid eyes, for actor David Carradine (Kill Bill). His involvement in the Canadian arts and design community is substantial, instrumental in co-founding and chairing OCAD's first Professional Development & Mentoring Committee, to his own arts education classes for kids and teens in the 90's, teaching well over 5000 Girl Guide, Scouts, School Groups, and mentoring of students from local high schools, into successful careers for fashion, architecture, and design. In publishing, Hikaru shares his passion for all things cared for by personal touch. He has endured as one of the most prolific and devoted publishers in the Canadian industry with his dream and goal to establish a long lasting Canadian magazine platform which can help promote Canadian talents, and a vision of global peace through celebrating 3 major elements of lifestyle, food, design, and music. He has curated over 542 photoshoot productions in his 18yr career thus far, and now leads Story of Fashion's exclusive video TV series, bring our team into a magnificent adventure into Toronto's culinary scene, the global design scene, and the world music scene as his personal passion. Check out his personal videos and visits to guitar luthiers and music stores in our channels.
SOF's Managing Editor and New York University Master's alumna Lori-Lee Emshey writes about the many intersects between innovation and cultures. She has written about celebrities from BB King to Miley Cyrus, cutting edge start-ups, innovative architecture and design, climate change, covered New York Fashion Week, and was named a 'Local Expert' by Afar Magazine for her work in travel writing. During her time in New York she served as a page editor at Forbes. She also runs two start-ups she cofounded - one in renewable energy technology and the other in augmented reality software.
Anna joined Story of Fashion at its inception as both a writer and a creator. She began her career as a fashion model and appeared in international campaigns, runways and magazines. After four years of touring the world, Anna returned to academia to study law. She is now a licensed attorney, specializing in fashion law. Her work has been published in Travel + Escape Magazine, modelresouce.com and most recently the Health Law in Canada Journal. Anna holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto and an LL.B. from the University of Southampton. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
Arash Moallemi is one of the most celebrated and successful Canadian photographers in the industry. In a proud body of work stemming over 16 years, Arash has shot fashion, beauty, architecture, landscapes, portraits and food, and has directed motion ad spots. He's been published in the pages of glossies like Hello! Canada, Glow, Sphere and Gioia. He's worked with prestige brands such as Visa, Nike, Sears and the LCBO. He's photographed billionaire Ron Joyce on his yacht in the Martimes, best-selling author John Irving at his rustic home in Connecticut and tennis champ Andre Agassi over drinks in at a Toronto hot spot. He lives for the adventure of producing arresting, unexpected, award-winning images under tight time constraints and ever-changing conditions.
Lisa Drader-Murphy is a Canadian fashion designer. She has,for over 20 years been the creative & driving force behind the celebrated "Turbine" label, as well as the new & exclusive "Lisa Drader-Murphy", limited edition collection. Her clothing may be found at her 4 boutiques in Falmouth, Bedford, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Cavendish, PE, as well as her Mobile Boutique, which will be traveling across Canada in the Spring of 2016. Since establishing Turbine, her business has garnered national and international buzz, with coverage including CTV,CBC, Global TV, TNT, NY Times, USA Today, BFM France, NRJ, Canal+, Entertainment Tonight, ELLE, Flare, and CNN. Lisa's styles are frequently spotted on celebrities around the globe and has been invited to present her collections during numerous international events such as the Oscars, Golden Globes, Cannes Film Festival, and TIFF. She is the founder of philanthropic initiatives, The Turbine Fund and Turbine India Project.
Natalia Solar is a passionately driven makeup artist who is most known for her expertise and creative edge in the makeup industry. In addition to, her carefulattention to her clients and talent, Natalia does not see flaws that need to be covered up, she sees beautiful features to be enhanced. Natalia has traveled internationally as a personal makeup artist and collaborates with photographer across boarders. Travelling since she was a child, this is when she feels most in her element when experiencing different cultures and customs, which brought her to starting the Nomadic Beauty blog, where she has interviewed some of the most interesting brands, spas and industry leaders from across Europe and the globe. Her love is to write about beauty and travel, revealling the beauty found, around the world. Natalia is proud to be a part of the Story of Fashion family and looks forward to bringing her unique global vision to our readers.
Laura Bay is a Toronto based photographer driven by her love for both fine art and fashion photography. Laura's foundation as an alumnus of OCAD University in photographic arts, has been the source of her conceptually based ideas, and the unique cinematic nature of her work. Her Danish and Dominican background, has influenced her world perception. Being well travelled, she enjoys discovering influential and innovated ways of expression through culture, art and different worldly views. In the attempt of emerging emotion from the viewer, Laura uses her photography as a way of telling stories and finds the most important purpose to her work is to create, successfully, a link between art, fashion and society.