The streets of Toronto have been coming alive with marketplaces on sidewalks and many cultural events throughout the city. Keeping up with that spirit, we bring to you the news of a new business launch for our September Spotlight by 22-year-old Fashion student Ben – he has launched a clothing brand that will showcase the essence of Toronto, with the motto – Exploring the street of Toronto with Of The Hills – Streetwear for Everywhere!
About Benjamin Redhill-Simard (A.K.A Ben) & Of The Hills Clothing
Ben is a fashion student at George Brown College and has recently launched his own clothing brand Of The Hills. Of The Hills is a brand dedicated to giving you a taste of Toronto, using iconic scenes of the City printed on his pieces. The brand’s vision is to create streetwear for everywhere, creating a seamless experience with what you wear and how you choose to wear it.
I am graduating from the Fashion Management program at the end of the fall term of 2021. I also have a certificate in Arts and Design Foundation, another program offered by George Brown College.
What made you want to become an entrepreneur?
I like the idea of being in charge of my own ideas. Not working for anyone else and being able to function out of my comfort zone are among the major motivators. Through entrepreneurship, I will be able to find ways to test and push myself for continuous growth.
Why did you create your business?
I had ideas and wanted to turn them into reality. I realized I had the knowledge and capability to do it for myself – so I took things into my own hands and created Of The Hills. We just launched and the foundation we have created is solid yet flexible. I am so happy to have created my own brand so this is a big personal win!
What successes have you enjoyed so far with building your company?
I have really enjoyed the creative process that goes into creating my product – just working on something I created makes me happy. I also enjoy networking with and meeting other entrepreneurs.
What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
“Be patient and accept failure as a lesson not a result.” – Benjamin Redhill-Simard
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