Caleigh Alleyne is the editor-in-chief and founder of The Creator’s Commune, a blog spotlighting local creativity in all its forms. With a team of writers covering everything from travel, to lifestyle, to art and culture, the website is a one-stop-shop for inspiration and recommendations in Toronto and beyond.
Caleigh is now launching a new event series called #CREATORTalk to connect you directly with the Creators who fill her blog. We caught up with her before the launch at the Gladstone on Tuesday, July 26. At the talk, you’ll meet other professionals and discuss a topic that toils many young professionals: how do you dress appropriately for work without sacrificing style? The night will be led by Canadian fashion designer Jennifer Torosian and Linda Stephenson, CEO and Founder of Mèreadesso. Reserve your spot here!
So, let’s talk about how you got started and how Creator’s Commune came to be.
I started blogging in 2014, but began working in the public relations and marketing industries a few years before that. I’ve always had a passion for writing, so telling stories about my adventures and passions seemed like a natural fit. When I started Creator’s Commune, I wanted to take charge of my own career, so I created a platform to showcase my ideas and dreams. It’s a vehicle to help promote others and a place for creative individuals to express themselves.
Always up for cultural events in the city, Caleigh is a regular at our art openings. Here’s a snap from when Creators Commune visited #GROWOP2016.
How did #CREATORTalk start, and where is it going?
After chatting with many friends and fellow creators, I realized there was a disconnect between creative individuals in diverse industries. We’re hoping to connect talented and creative individuals and their networks, and to make these events regular occurrences in future. I have been surprised and excited by the immense support I’ve received from friends and others in the industry. Without the help of places like the Gladstone, my dream to launch an event series like this would have never been possible. We’re excited to see where it goes!
Caleigh at the #RethinkTheRaces event. Image via her Instagram @caleigh.alleyne
Is this where you expected you’d wind up and what has helped you along the way?
I never thought I would be running my own company! But I’ve always been an out of the box thinker, so I’m not entirely surprised that this is where I’ve ended up. Thanks to the mentors in my personal and professional life, I’ve learned how to both learn from my mistakes but also celebrate my successes. As a blogger and entrepreneur, I’ve learned to not get discouraged when someone tells you no. If you keep on chugging, things will all work out.
What do you think people should be paying attention to in fashion right now?
I’m a strong advocate for buying and learning about the local. We have so much talent right here in Toronto that it’s worth your time to seek out local designers, chefs, makers, and creators to help support what they are doing.
At your event, you’re headlining Jennifer Torosian and Linda Stephenson. What drew you to these creators?
I met Jennifer at my very first Toronto Fashion Week. Her designs and custom tailoring are exactly what young professionals are looking for when it comes to their professional wardrobes. As a fan of the skin and beauty line, Mèreadesso, it is a pleasure to have their founder, Linda, join us for this event. These creators have a lot of skills and knowledge to share. The high quality and versatility of their products are worth sharing, and I’m excited to send home every attendee with samples.
If you’re a freelancer or entrepreneur looking for a place to gather with your community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use the space as a pop-up office to meet, write, or blog with free wifi, chill tunes, and amazing coffee and food. Open every day before 5pm!