Christopher Paunil is proud to be heavily involved in giving back to the Toronto community, as well as the fashion community as a whole. At their core, both Christopher Paunil and Chalo Hancock believe that giving back and paying it forward helps make the world a better place, and they plan to continue to do everything possible to give back to their worldwide community.
Since 2009, Christopher and Chalo have been heavily involved with mentoring Toronto’s youth, working to build up the next generation of Canadian fashion designers and creatives. A Toronto-area initiative, the UforChange fashion program exposes young people to design, pattern-drafting, cutting, and sewing. Focused on giving students tangible, real-life experience in fashion design and production, students have the opportunity to source their fabrics and deliver a semi-annual showcase where they both model their designs and curate a small collection for the runway. In 2012, the UforChange program garnered so much respect that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the studio during his visit to Toronto.
Speaking and Education
One of the ways Christopher and Chalo seek to give back is with their openness about their journey into the fashion industry. Often participating in speaking engagements and joining panel discussions, the men volunteer their time to teach fashion students, meet with aspiring fashion designers, and inspire the next generation of designers by encouraging them to have fun and be creative in their craft.