Our Story


FashionTech Toronto all started when I was looking for a place to connect with other people and companies in Toronto's fashion technology industry. As the COO of fashion-tech company Specsy, I suspected there were other growing companies in this industry, but I could't find a place to connect with them.

I headed to a fashion technology conference in New York to find peers in the space and was pleasantly surprised to find that a large contingent of attendees were also from Toronto. This confirmed my belief that Toronto is quickly emerging as a global leader in the fashion-tech industry. As they say, if you can't find it, build it, so that's exactly what I did and FashionTech Toronto was born.

Thank you for taking the time to particpate in this community. I can't wait to meet you at the next event! Until then, drop me a line or follow us on social to stay up to date on all the amazing things happening in this emerging industry.

See you soon!




Ashley Barby | Founder of FashionTech Toronto, Chief Operating Officer at Specsy

Ashley Barby is the Founder of FashionTech Toronto and COO of custom 3D printed eyewear manufacturer Specsy. With a decade of experience across fashion, retail, and tech, her work has exposed her to new and emerging fashion and technology markets. From innovating with luxury retailers in Canada, to launching industry disruptive retail technologies in the United States, to establishing fashion innovation partnerships in the UK.

Ashley sits on the advisory board for Humber College’s fashion management program, and is a business and entrepreneurship mentor with Futurpreneur Canada. Previously, Ashley was the founder and CEO of luxury consignment ecommerce company ShopLux, and held a series of leadership roles with luxury retailer Holt Renfrew.