Toronto-based fashion entrepreneur George Sully launches award in collaboration with his foundation, Black Designers of Canada
Inclusion, representation and black excellence are the cornerstones of the new initiative announced by famous designer George Sully. Together with his own foundation, Black Designers of Canada (BDC), Sully is set to recognize the triumphs of 100 black Canadian designers from coast to coast with the Inaugural Black Designer Award of Excellence.
After successfully launching BDC, a digital index of black Canadian fashion designers, last summer – during a pandemic, no less – Sully will expand the reach of the index to salute the strength, motivation and commitment needed so that black designers are recognized in the country. . Criteria for winning include outstanding social media platforms, website, brand representation, website, among others.
“There is a common thread shared by all of the recipients of this award, who often have to work twice as hard for less than what was offered to others,” Sully said in a press release. “It encouraged the community to do better and to stand out as unique designers. It builds excellence. “
He continued, “Any black Canadian designer who has survived designing in the face of these obstacles, including systemic racism, has earned a level of recognition that this award exemplifies.
The winners, announced on February 24, will take home a handcrafted glass-etched award – a symbol of resilience and relentless enthusiasm in the face of adversity.
As a recipient of the Visionary Award FGI 2020 and a two-time inductee at the Bata Shoe Museum, Sully is a fixture in the fashion world in Canada. He’s spearheaded the creation of brands like Sully Wong, House of Hayla, and Sully & Co., but his talents have also passed our closets – he even designed the Starfleet Boot for CBS. Discovery of Star Trek.
The first of its kind in Canada, BDC is a comprehensive index of black Canadian designers – in the fields of fashion and interior design – in the fashion world, and serves as a platform to give voice to the community and eliminate the ‘exclusion. Inspired by his own struggle to gain recognition in the Canadian fashion industry, Sully uses his own platform to uplift others.
Nominations can be submitted to blackdesignersofcanada.com.