Canada's fragmented and under-promoted fashion and apparel industry received a major boost on Monday (December 11), with the launch of the country's only Internet vortal (vertical portal) designed to meet its information and commercial needs. Minimidimaxi - the Canadian Fashion Stage - unveiled a sophisticated Internet marketplace providing all segments of the fashion industry with affordable access to information, B2B networking and promotion. The launch follows a successful year-long operation of a test site to gauge market acceptance. The site has already acquired hundreds of members and much buzz inside the Canadian fashion community.