Category Archives: British Columbia

Emerging Fashion Fridays | Alex S. Yu

Vancouver-based designer Alex S. Yu creates garments that explore the tension between  fantasy and reality. The namesake brand’s aesthetic aims to evoke nostalgia and wanderlust while exploring femininity through garments.

Image courtesy of ALEX S. YU | Via Facebook
Image courtesy of ALEX S. YU | Via Facebook

After graduating from the Blanche Macdonald Centre in British Columbia, Yu pursued his passion for design at the prestigious London College of Fashion. His graduate collection, THE JEJUNE ROSE, was well received by the British press. Upon his return to Vancouver, Yu won a sponsorship from NICHE Magazine to show his SS15 Collection titled THE LOST YOUTH at Vancouver Fashion Week. This collection garnered the attention of international publications such as Vogue UK, Elle Italia, Glamour UK and BELLA Magazine in Taiwan. Continue reading Emerging Fashion Fridays | Alex S. Yu



The Emerging Menswear Designer Award (EMDA) returns to Toronto Men’s Fashion Week’s (TOM*) Spring/Summer 2016 season from Monday, August 17th to Tuesday, August 25th.

CAFA is proud to feature the talented EMDA finalists in the coming weeks through our Emerging Fashion Fridays series.

Designer Elisa Medina, image courtesy of Nowhere
Designer Elisa Medina, image courtesy of Nowhere

Elisa Medina’s creative pursuits began with a love for painting and drawing in Quito, Ecuador. Moving to Vancouver, Canada in 2008 allowed Medina to cultivate her technical skills in fashion design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In addition, the opportunity to study textile and print design in England expanded the possibilities to translate Medina’s visual arts background into fabric andfurther developed her fascination with the effect that a garment could have on behavior, action, and perception.

Nowhere, the line Elisa has created, draws inspiration from the uniqueness of surfaces combined with textural prints and patchwork details.  “Nowhere delves into the intrinsic memory of surfaces, as the passage of time leaves its imprint on them, creating layers of texture and markings that are unique to each material”.  Her collection for TOM S/S 2016 is highly influenced by the 1930’s, an era where there was an emphasis on longevity. With highly structured silhouettes and the use of durable materials such as wool and corduroy, Medina’s vision is to produce a collection that is unassumingly sophisticated while highlighting the individuality of each piece.

Image courtesy of Nowhere
Image courtesy of Nowhere

 As a designer, Medina’s values are aligned with the slow fashion movement in pursuit of mindful production methods and meaningful relationships between maker, garment, and wearer. Pushing this vision forth, we look forward to seeing her S/S 2016 collection as one of the top five finalists for the Emerging Menswear Designer Award (EMDA), at TOM*.

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CAFA Accessory Designer of the Year Nominee | Herschel Supply Co.

Founded in 2009 by brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack, Herschel Supply Company manufactures high quality backpacks, travel goods, and accessories.   Based in Vancouver, the brand adopted its name from the small town in which three generations of the Cormack family were raised.

Nominated for CAFA’s Accessory Designer of the Year Award, Herschel Supply Company’s classic styles and attention to detail have earned the line accolades both at home and abroad.

Watch the video below to view Herschel’s Holiday 2014 Headwear Lookbook.  To shop online, visit

CAFA Loves | wings + horns F/W 2014

Vancouver-based menswear brand wings + horns is known for its attention to craftsmanship and detail, each season producing classically tailored, functional clothing.

David Manaloto, the company’s designer, is nominated for CAFA’s 2015 Menswear Designer of the Year Award.  The brains behind “Polar Night”, wings + horns’ utilitarian Fall/Winter 2014 collection, Manaloto hails from Calgary, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  Drawing inspiration from the Canadian north, “Polar Night” includes crew necks, blazers, and bomber jackets intended for weathering harsh climes – stylishly, of course.

Take a look at CAFA’s three favourite looks from wings + horns F/W 2014 below, and check out the entire collection at