May 04 2014

President, WS & Company & Founder, Redwood Classics

Topics: Business, Fashion
Interview Date: Jan-21-2014
Extraordinary Insights: "Resilience will drive you to be the best you can be.”


Kathy Cheng is a crusader for keeping garment manufacturing on North American soil. She is President of WS & Co., one of Canada's leading full-service apparel manufacturers, and the founder of its in-stock promotional apparel line, Redwood Classics. Under Kathy's direction, Redwood Classics recently launched The Heritage Collection, a retail fashion line available at select stores throughout Canada.

WS & Co. has produced extensively for Roots Canada, Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), Holt Renfrew, Todd Snyder New York, Scoop NYC, Ron Herman LA, Gilt Groupe, Preloved, Bonobos, J.Crew, Gap and Polo Ralph Lauren. The company has also produced Olympic apparel for both Roots and HBC.

An advocate for social responsibility and mentorship, Kathy has formed a relationship with the international Pay it Forward Movement as its very first apparel partner. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Toronto Fashion Incubator. In 2012, Kathy received the first-ever Momentum Award from the Promotional Product Professionals of Canada. In 2008, she was honoured in Toronto's Mille Femmes Exhibition. [http://www.wsandcompany.com/]

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