Lectra and Telio Nurture Canada's Emerging Designers

Lectra teamed up with TELIO during the ninth annual Canada's Breakthrough Designers competition to aid up-and-coming talent with tools for success. TELIO is an importer/exporter and distributor of high-end textiles.

The annual design competition showcases Canada's young emerging designers and provides students with exposure to the Canadian fashion industry. More than 500 students entered the competition, with a total of 25 student finalists chosen by a distinguished jury of fashion industry professionals.

The jury included Nicole Bridger, Vancouver fashion sesigner, Lolitta Dandoy, famed Montreal journalist and fashion blogger, Dominique Lemieux, costume creator, James Mendolia, director of fashion marketing at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, Truc Nguyen, senior style and market editor for Flare Magazine, and Emily Ramshaw, assistant fashion news editor for Flare Magazine.

The student finalists highlighted their collections in a fashion show on February 25, with five receiving scholarships. Lectra awarded the grand prize winner Frederic Joncas and first runner-up Mathieu Joncas with licenses and training for Lectra's innovative design solution, Kaledo.

"Canada's Breakthrough Designers affords our young designers with the opportunity to hone their technical skill and creative savvy while vying for a chance to win a scholarship that will ultimately help them to fulfill their professional ambition. Furthermore, our event offers them unparalleled exposure, which allows them to be seen and known throughout the industry and the media," explains Andre Telio, president of TELIO.

"The partnership that we have developed through this project with Lectra has allowed us to not only significantly enhance the prizes that we offer our students, but also to optimize our contribution to promoting the future of the Canadian fashion industry," Telio continued.
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