Happy Canada Day! As Couturesque's home country fêtes 150 years since Confederation tomorrow, we're turning the spotlight to the young voices emerging from the local fashion scene and making a big impression on the industry, both within and beyond our borders. Canadian creatives have always made their mark on fashion - from iconic photographers like Tommy Ton and Petra Collins, to designers like Jason Wu and Erdem Moralioglu, or visionary stylists like Karla Welch. Now, a new generation of creators are breaking onto the scene and doing fashion fans in Canada proud.
Beaufille, Chloe and Parris Gordon
The young brand from sister act Chloe and Paris has already made a serious impression; launched in 2013 from Toronto, Beaufille already counts celebrities like the Haim sisters, Lily Aldridge, and Eva Chen as fans. Editorially-driven with sharp lines, interesting shapes, and muted tones, their label puts a new twist on modernism and is fast become a street style staple.
Vejas, Vejas Kruszewski
Equally meteoric has been the rise of 20 year old Vejas Kruskewski, whose LVMH Prize nomination last year has put him on the map as a major force to be reckoned with. Raised in Montreal and now stationed in Toronto, the young designer creates apparel that is gender fluid, tactile, and wholly original. The brand has already presented at both New York and Paris Fashion Week and continues to make plans for global expansion.
Sid Neigum studied at F.I.T. in New York before bring his vision back to Toronto, where his label first launched in 2011. His brand focuses on meshing high quality materials with an inventive use of technology. Having won a plethora of Canadian design awards and completed a partnership with Swarovski, Sid has set his sights on the UK and now presents at London Fashion Week.
Main Image via @vejask