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Soon You’ll Be Able to Buy Beaufille on Net-a-Porter! | Flare Magazine


CAFA Winner Beaufille to retail at international online retailer Net-A-Porter:

In yet another Canadian label-makes-it-big story, the art house-minimalist line Beaufille—brainchild of Toronto-based designer sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon—will soon be available on luxury e-tailer Net-a-Porter

Listen, it’s all well and great when a big time celeb steps out wearing a small time designer, but in the end, a freebie loan doesn’t feed mouths—until it does. For Canadian sisters Parris and Chloé Gordon of Beaufille, the momentum has been building for a while now. Last November, Lady Gaga wore a maroon, flare-legged suede suit by the label, and next thing we knew Selena Gomez appeared in one of their LBDs for a Victoria’s Secret video.

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Canadian fashion phenom, 19, sets sights on expansion after big win | The Hamilton Spectator

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Self-taught phenom fashion designer Vejas Kruszewski is not the kind of artist prone to outbursts of glee.

Even after winning a prestigious fashion prize awarded by heavyweights including Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs, the low-key Canadian teen prefers to focus on the pragmatic issues at hand.

“It feels good. But it’s over now so it’s kind of back to work,” Kruszewski said Monday from Paris, where he last week won the prize, which comes with a cheque for 150,000 euros ($217,000 Cdn) and a year-long mentorship.

“We have to meet with the mentor and put together a plan with how things are going to go forward and we’re just going to think on the best possible trajectory to go in.”

The 19-year-old had been in contention for the LVMH Prize, an award for emerging designers spearheaded by the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH Group, which includes fashion brands Louis Vuitton, Céline and Givenchy.

The award went to London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner, who claimed 300,000 euros (C$435,000) and a year-long mentorship from the LVMH group.

But the jury decided to hand Kruszewski — who was the youngest designer ever to be in contention for the award — a special prize in recognition of “a mature style and independent spirit.”

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Chronicling Montreal’s Pioneering Fashion Scene | New York Magazine

Denis Gagnon’s transgender show at Montreal Fashion Week. Photo: K. Stark

While it may be best known for producing Drake and Justin Bieber, Canada doesn’t only supply a sizeable chunk of the world’s musical entertainment.

Montreal Chic: A Locational History of Montreal Fashion, out June 15 from Intellect Books, traces the history of the predominantly French-speaking city’s fashion scene, as well as its relationship to other facets of Montreal’s artistic and cultural life.

Like Toronto, Montreal boasts a formative music scene — most notably, it’s the birthplace of the band Arcade Fire, one of whose founding members attended McGill University.

But scholars Katrina Sark and Sara Danièle Bélanger-Michaud aren’t as interested in the music of Montreal as they are in the symbiotic relationship between the city’s fashion scene and its art and culture. Their book chronicles the way that urban cultural life influences fashion and vice versa, tying the development of Montreal’s fashion scene intimately with the city itself.

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