Founded in 1995, a year after graduating Ryerson University. David Dixon remained true to his vision and focused on what he felt was a gap in the Canadian Fashion Industry – Women’s contemporary evening wear or event dressing. Interpreting the marriage between the classics and the modern, David Dixon’s clothing combines luxury with the functional, and the aspiration with the sensible. All of Dixon’s designs are manufactured in Canada, utilizing the best of imported fabrics sourced throughout the globe with the overriding theme of luxury.
In 1995 Dixon was accepted into The Toronto Fashion Incubator Program as a resident in house designer. At the TFI, Dixon quickly found himself in a healthy competitive environment that motivated him to push further. However, Dixon also realized that there was strength in numbers or association. Being a part of an organization like The TFI, The New Labels Show, alongside with his point of view garnered him to be named as “One to Watch.” In that same season, Dixon was also the recipient of “The Yorkdale New Designer of the Year Award” and eyes were on the Toronto based new designer. Upon his departure from the TFI program, Dixon was asked to remain affiliated with the Incubator, and became at that time, an advisor to the Board of Directors.
Dixon continued to produce consistent and evolving collections even to this day, he has become an anchor to past Toronto Fashion Weeks, and ever present in the Canadian Fashion Landscape. His dedication to the Canadian Fashion Scene is unparalleled to his contemporaries. For example, in 2002, Dixon co-sponsored The TFI’s New Label Show, when they were displaced during and ever-changing Toronto Fashion Week calendar. This was one of the first of many examples of giving back to those who gave so much. From that collaboration, Dixon became a New Labels Judge for their juried applicants, and still today remains in that role, along with being its current President of the Board of Directors. In that period the City of Toronto, awarded and named “New Designer of the Year” in 1997, and City of Toronto’s “Designer of the Year,” in 2001, recognizing Dixon’s work.
In 2001, Dixon was also a key player in the support and development of what was then called, “The Designer Remission Order.” The group of 8 designers was a template for lobbyists for the Canadian Government with regards to removing duty on all imported fabrics. The group of 8, which included Dixon, championed for all Canadian Designers to remove duty on all imported fabrics to Canada, which is still active today.