How Torontonians are paying the price of luxury fashion

TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – Mar. 02, 2020) – As the fashion industry and urban planners continue to debate what’s the right mix of design and lifestyle, the Torontonian may have something to say about that. 

Toronto fashion designer Tod Smith’s Fashion Forward magazine is one of the best selling luxury fashion books in Canada. 

Fittingly for a fashion house that has become synonymous with its urban flair, it’s also been a hotbed of debate over the past decade about the best way to design and live in Toronto. 

According to Smith, Toronto is a city that is full of designers and urban creatives. 

“The people of Toronto are smart, educated and have a really good sense of style. 

They’re also really passionate about their community and they’re very active in supporting local businesses. 

I don’t think any of this is something we should compromise on,” he said. 

It’s not that fashion and fashion houses are out to compete. 

Instead, they’re trying to understand where Toronto is in its evolution and why we are where we are. 

A new book by the Toronatans own designer and author Tod Smith looks at what the city needs to get back to the 21st century. 

This is the story of what’s been happening in the city over the last 20 years, and why it is important to keep up.

“There’s no one to blame but ourselves. 

We’ve had to adapt to the way things are, and I don’t want to see that happen again,” Smith said.

The latest fashion trends Tod Smith talks about what we need to change in Toronto to make it the 21c in the world of fashion. 

What you need to know: Toronto Fashion Forward, by TodSmith, is a great read about the changes the city has seen since the mid-1990s.

“What we’re seeing now is that we are living in a city where people are more aware of the city and the needs of their city. 

There’s a growing awareness of our local economy and the way we want to live here. 

The trends we are seeing now are a reflection of our city’s changing landscape and the need to get our urban feel back.”

“There is so much to look forward to. 

From the urban design to urban living, the way you live, the city’s changed and I think the city is a very positive place.” 

In his book, Tod talks about a new way of living. 

His city of Toronto has changed. 

He says it’s a very different place, one where the old rules are gone. 

Now, he says, people are finding ways to live differently and express themselves in new ways. 

But, there is still a lot of work to do to keep pace. 

And, to make sure that we continue to look to the future, he advises. 

TOD’S BOOK: FESTIVAL AND EXPERIENCE Toronto has a growing community of creatives, designers and artists, but it also has a long history of the arts and the arts scene being overshadowed by the commercial economy. 

Smith says the city doesn’t want that to happen again.

“The city of Toronto is in a very good position. 

You can’t make changes without a change in society. 

With the recession and the economy, the economy has not recovered. 

People are looking for a different way of life, a different style of life and that’s why I think we need a lot more of a civic and community level conversation about what the future of the economy will be. 

If we’re going to stay in the 21century, we need some of the old ways of living, some of those old habits, and some of our cultural heritage.” 

To see the full interview with Tod, check out the Toronto Times video above. 

To subscribe to Tod’s fashion blog and the fashion book, visit or

Follow Tod on Twitter @tod_smith. 

Read more about: Torontonian Fashion Forward (Toronto Fashion Magazine) Toronto’s Fashion Week 2017 (Toronto Fashion) What’s New in Toronto (Toronto Daily Star)

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