Past, Present and Future of Luxury

11 to 14 May 2017

At the School of Fashion, Ryerson University
Toronto, Canada
“Nouveau Reach. Past, Present and Future of Luxury” is the Canadian response to the question of what is luxury. Co-organized by Brock University and The School of Fashion at Ryerson University, this project brings together national and international specialists working and researching in the luxury sector to share insights and build relationships in order to strengthen Canadian research and industry practices.
The objective of “Nouveau Reach” is to: 1) create opportunities for scholars to promote Canadian economic growth; 2) enhance humanities research by bringing to light new areas related to Canadian industry interests and needs; 3) create a forum for a lasting partnership between researchers, makers, and industry specialists via regular meetings that will benefit researchers and professionals at all levels.
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“Nouveau Reach. Past, Present and Future of Luxury” is a four-day conference, bringing together over thirty national and international luxury scholars and professionals to share the latest in research and practices. Given the quickly evolving global luxury market, leading figures will address the question “What knowledge will Canada need in order to thrive in an interconnected, evolving global landscape?”
The recent influx of luxury retailers and brands into the Canadian market demonstrates confidence in high-income and “aspirational” shoppers to support increased luxury offerings, despite a worldwide slowing of the market. During the four-day conference, we will explore what distinguishes the Canadian luxury marketplace from its global counterparts by asking what is “Canadian luxury” and does it support or refute national and international images of Canada?

Plenary Speakers

Jonathan Faiers, University of Southampton, Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption
Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick, Co-author, Luxury. A Rich History
Jana Scholze, Kingston University London, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture
John Armitage, University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art


M.C. Baumstark, University of Montana Western, Art History


Keren Ben-Horin, Fashion Institute of Technology, Textile Development and Marketing


Tala Berkes, TALA KAMEA


Shaun Borstrock, University of Hertfordshire, School of Creative Design


Sarah C Byrd, Fashion Institute of Technology, Graduate Studies & Center for Continuing and Professional Studies


April Calahan, Fashion Institute of Technology, Special Collections and History of Art


Farley Chatto, Farley Chatto Designs


Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks, Peggy Sue Collection


Jean-Yves Durand, University of Minho (Braga, Portugal), Center for Research in Anthropology


Mark Featherstone, Keele University, Sociology


Kathryn Franklin, York University, Humanities
Rebecca Halliday, Ryerson University and York University, Communication and Culture Program


Susan Ingram, York University, Humanities


Annamma Joy, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Management


Rebecca J. Kelly, Fashion Institute of Technology, Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice


Ya’ara Keydar, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development


Riley Kucheran, Ryerson University and York University, Communication and Culture Program


Curt Lund, Hamline University, Digital Media Arts


Veronica Manlow, Brooklyn College, Business Management


Ingrid Mida, Ryerson University, School of Fashion


Mark O’Connell, Seneca College for Applied Arts and Technology, Fashion Studies


Marie O’Mahony, OCAD University, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Ron Ott, University of Minnesota, College of Design – Design, Housing, and Apparel


Mario Paris, Politecnico di Milano, Urb&Com LAB, Dipartimento Architettura e Studi Urbani
Anjli Patel, blue chip fashion


Sage Paul, Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator


Julia Polyck-O’Neill, Brock University, Interdisciplinary Humanities Program


Sophie Ratcliff, OCAD University, Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories


Joanne Roberts, University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art


Bahar Saghaei, Diba Co.


Malcolm Sanger, University of Toronto, Anthropology


Thomaï Serdari, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business


Soraya Thompson, Warwick Business School


Eve Townsend, Ryerson University


Cristina Vignone, Tiffany & Co., Tiffany Archives


Nathaniel Weiner, Ryerson University and York University, Communication and Culture Program

Speaker Bios Coming Soon


Jessica Clark, History, Brock University
Nigel Lezama, Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Brock University

Alison Matthews David, The School of Fashion, Ryerson University

Robert Ott, The School of Fashion, Ryerson University

Jessica Clark

Nigel Lezama