“Sadly, Canada does not offer many funding opportunities to its fashion community. This has to change. We want to be part of that advocacy to make this happen,” said President Vicky Milner in an article in WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) December 28,2015.
It’s top-of-the-mast-head primarily come from non-fashion backgrounds: Founding Director Brittney Kuczynski is a capital markets professional and Co-founder Susan Hart is an accomplished communications professional. President Vicky Milner is a distinguished entrepreneur with extensive experience in an array of industries including fashion retail, music, entertainment, and non-profit management. They are businesswomen and perhaps not being based in the fashion industry itself, unlike the majority of the past players in this arena, these three will find an angle that the others did not and make a go of it.
2016 will mark their third year in the running. Their theory is that they “present an excellent opportunity for other organizations to create a highly visible alignment with Canadian culture, creativity, and innovation” and make the statement that “An investment in CAFA is an investment in Canada – for Canada – at a time when Canadian pride is on the rise and our identity as Canadians is becoming increasingly significant.” They want to celebrate outstanding achievement and emerging Canadian talent both here in Canada and abroad. with their annual awards show and year-round economic development initiatives.
Their current top sponsors include:
Global beauty product giant Sephora; owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury goods group and presenter of the LVMH Prize, created to honour and support young fashion designers around the world.
Swarovski, the Crystal people; recognized for their assistance to the Visual Arts, including the Fashion Industry, with their trio of Swarovski Awards, for the design of Womenswear, Menswear and Accessories, presented annually at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards Evening in New York City.
Joe Fresh, (a division of the Weston Conglomerate, who own among many other properties, Holt Renfrew Canada and Selfridges of London), who recently created the Joe Fresh Fund, “a fund dedicated to helping our community and industry partners,”
Rogers, “Canada’s dynamic communications and media company”; who, over more than 30 years, have funded $400 million in Canadian productions to promote and advance our Canadian culture in broadcasting, literature and the arts. Their involvement here has undoubtedly had something to do with Suzanne Rogers, wife of Edward Rogers III, who is an ardent supporter of the fashion industry, both as a lady with a rumoured million dollar clothing allowance and also funder of the $25,000 Suzanne Rogers Award for Most Promising New Label at the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s annual gala, the largest individual cash prize donation within the Canadian fashion industry.
Mantella Corporation; a pioneer in the real estate development business in Canada who have become a recognized and respected name in the industry since it was established more than 50 years ago. A family-owned business with a passion for contributing to charitable organizations that support children, animals and health care institutions, Mantella is committed to giving back through dedicated volunteer efforts, donations and sponsorships. Mantella Corporation is a proud continuing sponsor of the Toronto Fashion Incubator. Sylvia Mantella, the company’s brand manager and wife of Robert Mantella, president and CEO of Mantella Corporation is also the Chair of the CAFA Nominating Committee.
Their prizes have gone out to a vast list of Canadian Fashion players, including, among others, Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared, Travis Taddeo, Sarah Stevenson. Mikhael Kale, Phillipe Dubuc, and Erdem Moralioglu.
This year the Nominees are:
The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding Canadian womenswear designer who has made a significant creative impact in the Canadian fashion industry.
The Menswear Designer of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding Canadian menswear designer who has made a significant creative impact in the Canadian fashion industry.
The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Fashion will be presented to an innovative Canadian designer who is emerging as a true creative force in Canadian fashion.
The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Accessories will be presented to an innovative Canadian designer who is emerging as a true creative force in Canadian fashion accessory design.
The Accessory Designer of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding Canadian fashion accessory designer who has made a significant creative impact in the Canadian fashion industry.
The Joe Fresh Fashion Innovation Award will be presented to a company that is innovating how we experience, consume or interact with fashion through technology.
The Fashion Design Student Award will be presented to an exceptional fashion design student who has recently graduated from a Canadian fashion design program.
The Image Maker Award will be presented to an outstanding Canadian fashion photographer or filmmaker who has made a significant impact within the Canadian fashion industry.
The International Canadian Designer of the Year Award will be presented to a Canadian designer who has achieved International success and brought attention to Canadian talent on the world stage.
The Stylist of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding Canadian fashion stylist who has made a significant impact within the Canadian fashion industry.
The Model of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding Canadian model who has made a significant impact within the Canadian fashion industry.
The Sephora Fresh Face of the Year Award will be presented to an emerging Canadian model who the industry recognizes as one of Canada’s newest and brightest Fresh Faces.
The Fashion Impact Award will be presented to a Canadian designer or brand that has made a significant social or philanthropic impact in the Canadian and/or international community.
The Fashion Blogger of the Year Award will be presented to a Canadian fashion blogger or website that demonstrates creativity, excellence, and range in online fashion critique, reporting, and photography.
CLOTHINGCANADAFASHION extends best wishes to all involved and to the continued growing success of the CANADIAN ARTS FASHION AWARDS in finding and distributing funding opportunities to our CANDIAN fashion community.