Having first established in spring of 2013, The 705 Collection first began only selling customizable 705 area code streetwear targeted towards Northern Ontario knowing many proud to be born and/or raised in the 705.
Major cities or places in Ontario within area code 705 include: portions of northeastern and central Ontario, including the larger communities of Barrie, Bracebridge, Collingwood, Greater Sudbury, Haliburton, Hearst, Huntsville, Lindsay, Midland, North Bay, Orillia, Peterborough, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, and Temiskaming Shores in addition to many smaller communities within the service area.
The first year was a struggle as there appeared to be a lack of interest and support in our clothing. It wasn’t until we recognized this and knew we had to make changes otherwise this project would be considered a failure. This is when we began creating unique Toronto Raptors gear having seen the team finally finding real success since the Vince Carter era. Toronto fans were craving for a winning product from their basketball team that it finally created a boom in streetwear not just with us, but with other small Toronto and Canadian based clothing companies as well.
Around this time Canadian born rapper, songwriter, and actor Drake unofficially dubbed Toronto the “6ix” or “the 6″ after it’s area code 416. This is when we decided to see if there was any real interest in any 6ix type products going forward by testing the waters with a few products. Once it was established there was interest we would dedicate our time creating professionally made designs everyone would admire and appreciate enough to wear themselves and recommend to their friends and family.
We wanted to create designs and products that people would wear proudly not just in Ontario, but around the world as well to show the rest of the world they are proud of where they are from. Our focus is to continually strive to improve each and every single day.