Imagine a world where your clothes regulate your body temperature, monitor your vital signs, and your necklace begins to glow when the sun goes down... 

MakeFashion explores the potential of merging fashion with cutting-edge electronics. Launched in June 2012 by a trio of Calgarians, MakeFashion is an initiative that introduces designers, engineers, and makers to cutting edge new technologies: fusing high-tech and high-fashion on the runway. MakeFashion has produced more than 60 wearable tech garments and showcased at more than 40 international events.

1. What attracted you to Calgary? 

I moved to Calgary from Mexico. My other half had lived in the city for a few years and we were venturing into our own business. It has been wonderful getting to experience such a multicultural city.

2. What do you do in your spare time?
I love cooking Mexican food and check in on everything for MakeFashion -  our designers, our next show and meeting new designers.

3. Any tips or advice for Calgary newcomers or those considering a move to Calgary? 
Take it all in - even in the winter (when I moved here). It’s easy to get overwhelmed in a new place where you don’t know people, but ask for help, get involved in a volunteer activity or community groups and meet new people.

4. What do you tell your friends and family from other cities about life in Calgary?
It’s a big city with a small feel. Communities are tight, and there are many friendly people to meet. Come visit! 

5. Where do you take friends and family when they visit? 
Our local makerspaces, Calgary Tower, East Village, and places to eat (from Thai to Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese food). Some of my favorite places include Charbar, Jane’s BBQ, and Gravity. Stampede in July and Zoolights during December. 

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I love seeing what other Calgarians do in our city - even just saying 'hi' on the street or elevator - it's a way to connect us all. 

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