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Congratulations! And thanks for taking on the work of highlighting those that helped build Canada's fashion industry 👏🏽👏🏾👏🏿

Stephanie Pollard Scott

Great reads and interesting information!

Kathie Branson

So proud of you Charmaine!! Kudos!!❤️

Jeanne Beker

Multi-media journalist, editor, author, keynote speaker, content producer, and TV and podcast host

Thank you for this. Being born in Canada, not once did I know any of what I just read. However funny enough I do remember seeing the his face in catalogs such as the Bay department store. Thank you 🙏🏽

Ms. Ray D Huggins

Executive Board Member at African Diaspora Development Institute

John Girouard: Bravo! Thank you for your continued efforts in bringing forth this spotlight on these many glorious and creative individuals that need continued recognition! -- 2023

John Girouard

Gerard Gentil: Thank you Charmaine, for your wonderful work. I am sure that we all enjoyed having the spotlight directed in our direction for a moment… I did! 😊 -- 2023

Gerard Gentil


Charmaine, I really enjoy and love seeing the incredible spotlights you’ve posted over the years. Please continue to “Respect The Architects”!!

Hugh Lawson

Social Justice Advocate | Keynote Speaker

Thank you Charmaine for curating this awesome collection of stories. Cheers!

Jackie Green

Jackie Green Real Estate

Cynthia Reyes

Brava. An excellent collection highlighting an important whole stream of our history. Well done.

Cynthia Reyes

I teach at Toronto Metropolitan U, and just read a piece about your Black Fashion Database...brilliant, indeed...if these contributions are not documented, for posterity, it's like it didn't happen, except in our minds & memories...but then when we pass on & enter the spirit world, our children, and their children will have no idea about Tom Davis, Lana Ogilvie, etc... I am the choir you are preaching to LOL ...great work!

Dalton Higgins

Toronto Metropolitan University

Brava Charmaine Gooden. Well done! Wonderful the Black Fashion Canada database you are building is now included [in the Fashion and Race Database work of] Kimberly Jenkins — bringing international attention to the work of the brave fashion pioneers and industry here.

Len D. Henry

Delectant Media

Really love this database for the Black Canadian fashion and beauty industry. This community is often overlooked when talking about Black Canadians in Canada but in reality forged a path for Black people in Canada to be seen in media.

Alison Duke

Co-founder, Oya Media Group/ OBAC dgc

Your amazing effort and excellent work is historic and visionary. I will continue to share and support BFC in any way I can. Still waiting for your profile Ms. Trailblazer 😊. All the very best

Donna Holgate

This is great… keep pushing for all the possibilities and thank you for the work you are doing for all of us! Trailblazing ❤️

Paula Johnson

Roxy & Master T

Charmaine, I wanted to thank you for the profile story about Lloyd and myself.I've shared the story with Lloyd's family, and they were so happy to see him receive his flowers. My family and friends also expressed how well written the article was. Your team did a great job. My grandchildren made some discoveries about their grandmother. Thank you again for including me.

Irene Wattley

Retail Management Professional

Jan C Moir: Every post/story you share has me running down memory lane too - and the odd time, I’ll say - ohh I remember that and know that person!!!

Making other people feel your passion is something you should feel proud of sharing as it enlightens others too… Wishing you a Wonderful Christmas Holiday & Fabulous 2024 ! ❤️🎄❤️

Jan C Moir

Marla Rotenberg, Communications Specialist

I remember the conversation @blackartndialog ...So wonderful to see the idea come to fruition congratulations @charmainegooden! @blackfashioncanada is a necessary addition to the Canadian cultural landscape.

Karen Carter

Founding Executive Director of Myseum of Toronto and co-founder and Director of Black Artists' Network and Dialogue (BAND)

This is extraordinary! Check it out and stay tuned for Volume 3... you might see me.😉
Cheers to everyone involved in creating the Black Fashion Canada Database! Thank you Charmaine Gooden for your vision and expertise, but most of all, your passion and grace! This wouldn't exist if not for you!🥂 Thank you Pat Dillon Moore for the heads up and know that I shared your note with my contacts as well!🥂 Looking forward to Volume 3, Summer '24 and many more!🥰

Marilyn Jones-Sooman

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