Ottawa has a reputation for being primarily a “government city,” which does not necessarily invoke an image of fashionable citizens. Those people with a strong interest in fashion need to come together to engage those who are inactive in Ottawa’s fashion community. Ottawa currently hosts many annual events: Winterlude, the Canadian Tulip Festival , Canada Day activities , Blues Festival, and many other local festivities however, only one fashion-related event is recognized by the media – the Richard Robinson Grand Premiere .
Runway for Hope Ottawa is starting a new movement by connecting those working in the fashion industry with their supporters to hold fashion-based events to engage Ottawa citizens in local fashion. Runway for Hope Ottawa also promotes local musicians by providing them with an opportunity to perform on stage. Currently, Runway for Hope Ottawa hosts an annual charity fashion event. In the future, the organization plans to increase the number of events held throughout the year.
Runway for Hope Ottawa is a non-profit organization. Our main goal is to promote local talent in Ottawa’s fashion industry while raising money for local organizations.
Runway for Hope Ottawa aims to increase the amount of public recognition for local fashion designers and local clothing. A future goal is to eventually have Ottawa recognized for its local fashion talent and to increase tourism to the nation’s capital for this very reason. Furthermore, the organization would like to see Ottawa’s fashion designers gain nation-wide recognition by eventually broadening the scope and providing them with exposure in fashion events outside of Ottawa. With increasing support for Runway for Hope Ottawa, Canada’s capital has the potential to gain as much recognition as Montreal and Toronto’s fashion industry.