Have you ever looked at the labels on your clothing and wondered where it really came from? Who made your favourite shirt and what is their life like? It’s time to meet the makers.

Redwood Classics Apparel, Canada’s leading boutique manufacturer of retail apparel and branded merchandise, knows that creating high-quality clothing that is made-in-Canada by talented artisans is the future of fashion in this country. As such, they decided it was time to take you “behind-the-seams” at their Toronto factory so you can meet the people who make your clothes.

In Episode 1, we meet the merchandisers who work hand-in-hand with partners to create pieces that stand the test of time:

Check back here as Redwood Classics releases more episodes in their Meet the Makers series and learn where your clothes really come from.

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On April 17, The Corsage Project threw open the doors for their Boutique Ball 2016. Deserving and inspiring young women from across the GTA flocked inside to scour the racks and locate their perfect prom dress.

Prom, it seems, is becoming an increasingly expensive affair. From the dress to the shoes to the accessories – and even the make-up – young women who would otherwise not be able to afford attending their prom now have that chance thanks to the dedicated volunteers from The Corsage Project.

The Corsage Project, working in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation, is a non-profit program in Toronto dedicated to giving the authentic prom experience to young women and men who would not otherwise have the opportunity to celebrate with their peers due to the high cost of formal wear.

The Sweet 16 edition of the Boutique Ball was a rousing success, thanks to the volunteers and sponsors who dedicated their time and donated items. The event was even covered in Metro Toronto and The Toronto Star.

For more on The Corsage Project and how you can get involved, visit their website.

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What do apartment owners look for in a lender?

When Kevin Green is contemplating the purchase of a multi-million-dollar apartment building, he wants a lender with expertise in the multi-family asset class, someone “who understands a buildings’ bones.”

Ideally, the lender should be “your financial team-mate, partner, advocate,” says Green, president of Greenwin Inc., one of Canada’s largest privately-owned residential property management firms.

While many buyers decide on the property they want to purchase and then enlist a mortgage broker to shop around at the banks for the best rates and terms, Green likes to involve his lender from the outset.

“We want to acquire assets, so we hunt like a team, we do things as a team,” he says. He switched from a bank to First National Financial LP shortly after a meeting in Starbucks with Robert Fleet, a financing specialist and Assistant Vice-President at First National, Canada’s largest non-bank mortgage lender.

“It was a good move for Greenwin”, says Green, whose style is to move and act quickly when purchasing a building. First National has a quick and reliable eye for evaluating the value and condition of the property being considered, Green says, and they provide sound strategic advice.

For Green, the relationship with his lenders goes beyond transactions, valuations and discussions about roofs and boilers. His company is involved in providing social programs for families in some of Toronto’s more impoverished neighbourhoods, he says.

“We want to make it safe. We want kids staying in school and getting jobs.”

Read the entire piece on The Globe and Mail’s website by following this link.

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