Toronto Fashion Week sold to IMG Canada

Executive director Robin Kay also steps down.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Global event management firm IMG Canada just announced that they will be the new owners of Toronto Fashion Week, and at the same time, after 13 years, executive director Robin Kay has stepped down from her position.

“Fashion week is much bigger than me as an individual person,” Kay said in an exclusive meeting with the Toronto Star and Peter Levy, a representative for new owner IMG Canada. “I really believe that this is the best next step on the runway for the event, for the City of Toronto and for our market as Canadians on the global runway." However, Kay will still hold the position of president of the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC)

"Creating Fashion Week in Toronto was a career dream for me as I was able to translate my skills as a designer and retailer into a celebration of Canadian fashion that has supported so many talented people to find an audience and a global runway. In business, timing is everything, and I am confident that the time is right for IMG to take World MasterCard Fashion Week to the next level," Kay said in a statement (as reported by The Canadian Press). "I have no plans to disappear and I will remain committed to helping and nurturing Canadian designers shine on the catwalk."

Toronto Fashion Week draws tens of thousands of fashionistas to its five-day event, a huge amount of guests considering that in its opening year, back in 2000, only 200 people showed up.

World MasterCard Fashion Week will take place from October 22 to 26 at David Pecaut Square.