Opening its doors in 2013, The Fashion Zone at Ryerson University is celebrating its fifth anniversary growing from just three pilot companies in that initial year to supporting more than 130 start-ups that have created 615 jobs and generated $62 million in total company revenues.

As an incubator for fashion-inspired businesses, The Fashion Zone helps launch fashion start-ups by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration to increase the development of unique new technologies, products, services, processes.

“The Fashion Zone’s success in bridging the gap between education and commercialization in the fashion-tech industry is a direct result of hard work and tenacity executed by our community,” said Andrea Romero, Manager, The Fashion Zone. “We could not have done it without the support of Ryerson University, our internal team, start-up companies, and relationships in the public and private sector. Thank you for helping us reach this milestone that marks half a decade since opening doors!”

Start-ups that have worked with The Fashion Zone include Piper and Skye, House of Anesi, Black Orchid, and many more, including:

  • 20/20 Armor – 20/20 Armor is an electronic chest guard for all martial arts that tracks the progress of a match or training session right on the vest.
  • GoFind.Ai – GoFind is a visual search engine application for shopping that makes the world around you shoppable, instantly by using artificial intelligence to identify and find fashion items.
  • Inlighten Co. – Inlighten aims to bring the best to light-up gear, with a collection of fibre-optic clothing controlled by a mobile application.
  • Numi – Numi’s promise is to deliver high quality, comfortable undergarments that inspire confidence in clothes every day using premium fabrics to develop functional design.