Clothing Business Shuts Down Post-“Dragon’s Den”

Thursday, June 04, 2009 at 13:14



Aboriginal clothing designer Timothy Lewis says confronting a horde of hard-nosed business tycoons requires much the same skills as coming face to face with a dragon: you’ve got to think fast and speak very, very slowly.


Lewis, who is Cree and from Saskatoon, was picked from more than 3,000 hopefuls across Canada to fly to Toronto recently for a face-to-face with the Bay Street executives on CBC Television’s show “Dragon’s Den”.


He is currently at the Indigenous Food Symposium in Saskatoon, selling his wares.


He thinks his Tansi Clothing line stood out in his audition at the Edwards School of Business because his product is organic and he showcases the Cree language on every t-shirt.


But not everyone escapes the dragon’s den with the gold.


Lewis has just posted an announcement on his website that he is shutting down Tansi Clothing, and that his attempt to get more dollars to expand the business simply, in his words, “did not pan out.”


The business is now up for sale.