The Metropolitan Fashion Cluster is a non-profit organization with the mandate to promote the growth and competitiveness of the Quebec fashion industry. Known as mmode, it was created in May 2015 after many years of effort by various players in the clothing sector. These stakeholders wanted to create a shared platform for exchange and collaboration that would be funded by both government and the private sector.
The mmode Cluster includes fashion designers, manufacturers, wholesalers-distributors and retailers, along with other stakeholders associated with the industry, notably educational institutions.
The Cluster carries out its mission through its four working groups: industry image, human resources, innovation and export.
Each working group organizes training days, regular meetings among industry players to stay informed of current needs, and projects like foreign trade missions and promotional campaigns.
Since its founding, mmode has been run by Debbie Zakaib and a team of three or four employees. As of 2019, the organization had a 38-member board of directors, headed by François Roberge, president and CEO of la Vie en Rose, and an annual budget of approximately $1 million. More than 250 businesses and organizations are members of the mmode Cluster.
Debbie Zakaib, Metropolitan Fashion Cluster Executive Director © Adriann BT. Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Fashion Cluster
Metropolitan Fashion Cluster launching event, 2015 © Minas Panagiotakis. Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Fashion Cluster
Metropolitan Fashion Cluster Annual General Assembly, 2015 © Minas Panagiotakis. Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Fashion Cluster