Kristian Nielsen is an up and coming fashion designer specializing in menswear. At an early age he was interested in fashion, helping pick fabrics and patterns for clothes his mother sewed to altering garments for family and friends. In 2012, he graduated from George Brown College Fashion Design program and most recently received a Bachelor of Design from the School of Fashion at Ryerson University. During the Mass Exodus show, he presented his graduating capstone collection called ‘heorth’. Throughout his studies, he participated in numerous competitions like Danier Leather, Guru, and Sunsational. This year he is entering the annual Emerging Menswear Designer Award (EMDA) part of Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOMFW).
Luis Padilla moved to Toronto in 2012 and decided to pursue his second career in fashion design. His main inspiration was his grandfather who was a shoemaker and taught him that success is to be passionate and proud of what you do every day. Luis' main inspiration is the constant change and that force that pushes us to explore, to experience to feel new sensations, emotions, feelings and beauty in all its forms. Due to the hunger of his curiosity Luis needs a constant evolution and change, his work is influenced by different objects, currents, and art movements that man creates through time.
Recently he graduated in April 2017 from the Fashion Design and Techniques program at George Brown College and his latest work is influenced by geometry, minimalism and architecture with inorganic forms, the dark, the mysterious and the universe that in a way, seems to be devoid of life and so different from what we know on this planet but that is part of it by itself.
Additionally, Luis recently started a project with his partner Ana Carpio named Androgyny / Fashion Design; which is based on the creation of unisex clothing and accessories. It uses 100% natural materials of the highest quality that do not need water for cleaning and care. The name of the project is born of the need that society has today to stop labelling every individual. This project aims to transmit the essence of the human being as one, a human being that is progressing, in constant evolution and that goes hand in hand with modernity in a responsible way and totally linked to the essence of life. The goal of Androgyny is to influence people to stop thinking that fashion, modernism, constant change and evolution of the human being are not fighting against living a green lifestyle.
Nico is a young emerging designer and fashion history enthusiast. Inspired by its great creators, NICO has always aspired to reach the top and initiate his own movement in the fashion industry.
Born in St-Prime, Lac-St-Jean, he started his career in Quebec City in the field of health. After a few years, NICO moved to Montreal to establish his name as a designer and pursue his dream.
With a flamboyant personality matching his unique imagination, Nico knows how to stand out by expressing himself through his very own style of dress. Nico is the author of a series of articles about the creation and design of fashion. Inspired by Fashion's great names such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Tom Ford, he started studying fashion at Marie-Victorin College.
Rhowan James, a Toronto native born to Jamaican parents who immigrated to Canada in the mid 70s. At a young age, he developed a flare for fashion and a desire to customize and accessorize clothing, to fit his own taste. Rhowan grew up watching his father getting ready for church every Sunday morning. Intrigued by his father’s sense of style, it taught him to take pride in his own personal appearance when presenting himself to the world.
Without any formal training in fashion, he knew that teaching himself this artistic craft would be a challenge. However, with sheer determination, pure passion and drive, he learned everything about the process of designing clothes by reverse engineering them. He taught himself how to design, construct, cut and sew his own patterns and fabrics. He started creating his own designs that reflected his own personal interests as inspired from various trips abroad, he soon envisioned what he wanted in a menswear brand.
In 2017, he knew that it was time to launch his self-entitled menswear brand, Rhowan James. His endeavour is a fresh point of view for menswear. His ultimate goal is to become a leading international fashion brand.