Who will be the next Thomas Tait? LVMH Prize announced this year’s 23 semifinalists over the weekend, and there’s a Canadian among them.
Launched in 2013, the posh Prize recognizes international new design talent by granting them both financial support and mentorship for 12 months of super-tutoring. (Previous winners include Quebec-born Thomas Tait of his eponymous label, Shayne Oliver of Hood by Air and Simon Porte Jacquemus of Jacquemus.)
Vejas Kruszewski, a 19-year-old self-taught designer who not long ago graduated from a Catholic school in Quebec and opened a studio in Toronto, made the shortlist following his second show in New York last season. Featuring male, female and trans models, it riffed on a Utopian end-of-the-world theme and featured grommeted boyfriend jeans, oversized fur biker jackets with big-ass buckles and a pant that appears to be a re-assemble of an army-green bomber.
Winners will be selected by a panel of industry majors (Emmanuelle Alt, Fabien Baron and Jeurgen Teller, to name a few) next month. We’ll be rooting for you, Vejas!
Follow the awards at lvmhprize.com.