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Celebrating fashion from here

1 May 2017

The CAFA gala, an event run by some of the biggest names in fashion, recognizes outstanding achievement and emerging talent in the Canadian fashion industry.

The 4th edition of this prestigious ceremony took place on April 7 at the chic Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. The glamorous evening brought together designers, entrepreneurs, and influencers from around the world to celebrate the diversity, richness, and creativity of the Canadian fashion industry.

For the awards, over 40 candidates were selected by a committee made up of professionals from across the country. All the nominated designers stood out for their exceptional talent, their boundless creativity, and their innovative vision that gives fashion from here its own unique character.


Simons is proud to be a place that showcases Canadian talent and that's dedicated to making
the work of these designers who stylishly represent our passion for fashion truly shine.

From this year's nominees, here are the names in Canadian fashion that really caught our attention.


The Canadian fashion scene is constantly evolving. Each year, it inspires creative minds and witnesses the emergence of new talent. Simons wants to highlight and encourage this brilliant
next generation that will impact the future of the industry.

On April 7, Mr. Richard Simons was at the CAFA gala in Toronto to present the Simons Award, an honour that recognizes the work of an exceptional fashion design student
who has recently graduated from a Canadian fashion design program.

Our sincere congratulations go out to Xiaoyi Li,
a graduate of LaSalle College and winner of the 2017 Simons Award!