2015 The Menswear Designer of the Year Award Nominees

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The Menswear Designer of the Year Award Nominees

The Menswear Designer of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding Canadian menswear designer who has made a significant creative impact in the Canadian fashion industry.


wings + horns

In 1996 Craig Atkinson established CYC Design Corporation as a production management company focused on exporting North American goods to Japan, where he lived for seven years importing vintage Americana and acting as a sales agent for North American brands. Inspired by Japanese desire for North American fashion and vintage replica product, Atkinson began collaborating with knitting mills in North America to produce proprietary fabrics based on early to mid-1900’s sportswear. Read More…


Philippe Dubuc

Since his debut in 1993, Philippe Dubuc has had a passion for the dressmaking profession. “I am in a constant evolution with modernism and urban contrasts”, indicates Philippe Dubuc. “The identity of a city begins with its creators and from their free development.” Collaborators from different artistic fields have always inspired the designer. Collaborations such as creating capsule collections for department stores, creating a private collection for the Montreal Jazz Festival, designing costumes for the Ballet Jazz of Montreal and inviting landscape architects to occupy the DUBUC stores. Read More…


Christopher Bates

Trained in Milan at legendary Istituto Marangoni, Christopher Bates is an intrepid Canadian designer achieving a meteoric rise in the fashion industry. His eponymous menswear line is gaining traction with retailers, consumers, media, stylists, and celebrities. Since he launched his brand he has been selling to leading retailers including: Holt Renfrew (Canada’s foremost luxury department store chain), Gotstyle Menswear (voted #1 Menswear Store in Canada, Sharp Magazine 2012) and online with Gilt. Read More…


Frank & Oak

Independent and determined, Ethan has launched and collaborated on an array of creative and entrepreneurial endeavors. As co-founder, CEO, and Creative Director of menswear e-tailer Frank & Oak, Ethan enhances everything customer-facing, including the product, marketing campaigns, and online shopping experience. His vision of creating a simple and innovative company at the nexus of fashion, technology, and retail makes him an inspiration to his team and those around. Read More…