ABOUT DAN LIU

Dan Liu is an award-winning Canadian fashion designer with almost two decades of experience in the fashion industry.

After studying at university for Psychology and Computer Science, Dan realized he had to pursue his love for fashion. In 1997, he attended Aoyama Fashion College in Tokyo, Japan and studied Fashion Design and Marketing. He started making his own knitwear accessories and founded his company.

Numerous Hollywood celebrities who frequented his first Yorkville store in Toronto favoured his debut knitwear collection. His line evolved to couture pieces featuring knit, crochet and embroidery details and his current chic yet elegant apparel can be worn from day to night.

He is known for contemporary designs and tailoring that accentuates the female form with a romantic flair. He draws his inspirations from his Chinese and Japanese heritage and he is known for pairing beauty with practicality and wearability.

Working from concept to patterns, he incorporates colour contrasts and details to ensure every piece is perfect from any angle.

Dan has presented his collections at World MasterCard Fashion Week, L’Oreal Toronto Fashion Week, Tokyo Fashion Festival and on February 2016, he was first accepted by WME/IMG New York for New York Fashion Week showcasing his Fall/Winter 2016/2017 Collection to the world. Because of the remarkable success, he was invited by them again for his Spring/Summer 2017 on September 2016. On February 2017, Dan will be showcasing his Fall/Winter 2017/2018 Collection with NYFW: The Shows again for the 3rd time in a row!

Dan is also a host/producer of Fashion Girls by Dan, a popular Chinese fashion makeover reality TV show filmed in Toronto. The show has been on air nationwide in Canada on Rogers Television OMNI Channel 2 since 2014 and will be aired China-wide in 2016. Dan also has a personal fashion and beauty consulting business that currently serves 350 clients. He has been featured in many media outlets and in 2015, was the first Canadian fashion designer to be interviewed by British Vogue twice in a row.

Dan’s hobbies outside of fashion include Muay Thai Boxing, Bushido training, cooking (Japanese, Chinese and Western styles), and race car driving (earned his GT2 level of certification).

He lives in Tokyo, Japan and Toronto, Canada with his dog, Mochi, a cute little pug.

FASHION MILESTONES

  • 2017

    Invited by Mr. Stephen Chow for his movie, Journey to the West 2, to design limited edition silk scarves to promote his movie in the global market, Beijing, China

  • 2016

    1st Canadian fashion designer in history to be invited to perform Closing Ceremony fashion show for China Fashion Week, Beijing, China

  • 2016

    Fashion Photos Critic – E Weekly Magazine, Hong Kong, China

  • 2016

    1st Asian Canadian in history to show collection at New York Fashion Week (NYFW: The Shows) to represent Canadian fashion and the only Canadian in 2016 FW in NYFW, New York, USA

  • 2015

    Member of the Advisory Committee, Bachelor of Commerce for the Fashion Management program at Humber College, Toronto, Canada

  • 2015

    1st Canadian fashion designer to be interviewed by British Vogue international fashion magazine twice in a row, London, UK

  • 2014

    Host/Producer, “Fashion Girls by Dan” makeover reality TV show, OMNI TV, Rogers Television, Canada

  • 2013

    Collaborated with HAIGHT & ASHBURY for menswear, Toronto, Canada

  • 2012

    1st Asian Canadian Designer’s label available at the Hudson’s Bay Co. in the 21st century, Canada

  • 2011

    Fashion Photos Critic – 701 Asian magazine, Canada

  • 2010

    Fashion Design/Consulting to clients as a Stylist/Designer at Hugo Boss Canada, Canada

  • 2008

    Creative Director/CEO of TATSUAKI K.K., Japan

  • 2007

    Contract with Isetan Group, Japan

  • 2005

    President/CEO of SUTEKI garments factory, Toronto, Canada

  • 2004

    Creative Director/CEO of TATSUAKI Fashion Limited, Hong Kong, China

  • 2002

    Creative Director/CEO of TATSUAKI Inc. for Holt Renfrew, Canada

  • 2001

    Member of Fashion Design Council of Canada, Toronto, Canada

  • 1999

    Designer-in-chief of TSUKI Fashion Inc., Toronto, Canada

  • 1996

    Fashion Design and Marketing, Aoyama Fashion College, Tokyo, Japan

AWARDS

  • 2012

    Entrepreneur of the Year – Most Innovative Award, ACCE, PWC, Government of Ontario, Canada

  • 2009

    Recipient of the Creative Award, Mezamashi TV, Fuji Television, Japan

  • 2008

    Selected one of Seven Icons of Canadian Fashion, Ministry of Education, Ontario, Canada

  • 2004

    Recipient of the Fashion Designer Award, Tokyo Fashion Festival, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2001

    Selected one of the Top Ten Canadian Designers, AT&T Fashion Award, Toronto, Canada

CHARITY

  • 2016

    Support “The Big Ride” from Heart and Stroke Foundation, Toronto, Canada

  • 2015

    Survivor of Fearless Challenge for fundraising to Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), Canada

  • 2015

    Promote Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) by working with cancer patients in both Fashion Girls by Dan TV show and TATSUAKI fashion show at World MasterCard Fashion Week, Canada

  • 2014

    Donated his designed dresses to SickKids Foundation Gala for fundraising, Toronto, Canada

  • 2011

    Accomplished charity fashion show for Confederation of Greater Toronto Chinese Business Association, Toronto, Canada

  • 2010

    Succeeded the fundraising event “Hope for Haiti” to assist Canadian Red Cross for helping Haiti’s earthquake, Toronto, Canada

  • 2009

    Contributed his designed dresses to “What If” Fashion Show Fundraiser of Scarborough Women Centre for supporting Women and Children, Toronto, Canada

  • 2007

    Blood donor since 2007 to present to save lives with Canadian Blood Services, Canada

DAN'S SCARF

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