Mentors

Barb Atkin

Trend Forecaster and Retail Consultant

Trend forecaster and retail consultant   Past Vice President, Fashion Direction Holt Renfrew & Co. Limited (Canada)   Past partner in Aline Marelle, manufacturing and marketing of Fashion Designers   Barbara Atkin is known in international fashion circles as a dynamo and is respected by some of the industry’s best minds for her talent, passion and an exceptional flare for the industry.   Atkin’s capacity to forecast emerging trends made her Holt Renfrew’s “fashion radar” and an indispensable resource for elite fashion media worldwide.  She has a reputation for taking a bold approach to the business, exemplified through the creation of the new Vintage Couture concept and the award winning Holt Renfrew World Design Lab, an incubator for emerging designers and a laboratory for experimental ideas and new merchandising techniques.   Scouring the globe for fresh ideas, Atkin often brought home “hero” items.  Her sharp eye for selecting the winning gems and her fashion forecast for Holt Renfrew ultimately set the stage for the buyers in market, advancing Holt’s reputation as a fashion leader by bringing them “firsts,” “bests” and exclusive products and designers to the Canadian luxury specialty store.   She consistently demonstrates her intuitive ability to identify winning colours, fabrics, themes, trends and must-have items for each season. It is her incredible track record of “getting it right” that helped establish Holt Renfrew as one of the world’ s leading fashion and lifestyle destinations benchmarked amongst the best.  Atkin was named by Elle Canada as one of Canada’s Top 30 Power Women. According to the article, “If she says it’s in, it’s in.”  Barbara has been a director of Tourism Toronto and today is a member of the advisory committee for the Fashion Design Counsel of Canada. She continues to mentor young adults in their pursuit of meaningful careers and is a guest lecturer at Ryerson University in Toronto and other consumer groups.     Although Atkin calls Toronto home, her role takes her to the fashion capitals of the world, namely Milan, Paris, New York, London and Los Angeles.

“Sit down and think about the things that make you happy”

Mentors

Barb Atkin

Trend Forecaster and Retail Consultant

Trend forecaster and retail consultant   Past Vice President, Fashion Direction Holt Renfrew & Co. Limited (Canada)   Past partner in Aline Marelle, manufacturing and marketing of Fashion Designers   Barbara Atkin is known in international fashion circles as a dynamo and is respected by some of the industry’s best minds for her talent, passion and an exceptional flare for the industry.   Atkin’s capacity to forecast emerging trends made her Holt Renfrew’s “fashion radar” and an indispensable resource for elite fashion media worldwide.  She has a reputation for taking a bold approach to the business, exemplified through the creation of the new Vintage Couture concept and the award winning Holt Renfrew World Design Lab, an incubator for emerging designers and a laboratory for experimental ideas and new merchandising techniques.   Scouring the globe for fresh ideas, Atkin often brought home “hero” items.  Her sharp eye for selecting the winning gems and her fashion forecast for Holt Renfrew ultimately set the stage for the buyers in market, advancing Holt’s reputation as a fashion leader by bringing them “firsts,” “bests” and exclusive products and designers to the Canadian luxury specialty store.   She consistently demonstrates her intuitive ability to identify winning colours, fabrics, themes, trends and must-have items for each season. It is her incredible track record of “getting it right” that helped establish Holt Renfrew as one of the world’ s leading fashion and lifestyle destinations benchmarked amongst the best.  Atkin was named by Elle Canada as one of Canada’s Top 30 Power Women. According to the article, “If she says it’s in, it’s in.”  Barbara has been a director of Tourism Toronto and today is a member of the advisory committee for the Fashion Design Counsel of Canada. She continues to mentor young adults in their pursuit of meaningful careers and is a guest lecturer at Ryerson University in Toronto and other consumer groups.     Although Atkin calls Toronto home, her role takes her to the fashion capitals of the world, namely Milan, Paris, New York, London and Los Angeles.

“Sit down and think about the things that make you happy”