Design Forward Award

In 2010 we launched Design Forward to celebrate and recognize the growing sustainable fashion design community in Canada.

Design Forward ran online in its first year in 2010, and the public also got to vote for their favourite designer and from there the top 3 faced our jury. Our first winner was Vancouver based Nicole Bridger. We took a long break from DF to focus on our Showroom and our online store, and in 2016 held our first in person Design Forward. Rather than choosing a winner, we instead featured three looks from the 10 selected designers out of 100+ applicants.

In 2017 we brought back the award along with a live runway presentation of the 10 nominees, followed by a later event during the Design Exchange’s EDIT with the 3 finalists in a fireside chat with our founder. Our final year was in 2018 where we featured only the top 3 finalists in a live presentation, and a talk emceed by Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker. Watch our short videos!

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