In a surprise move, Canadian leathergoods leaders Danier have announced a partnership with Winnipeg’s own Mark Fast just in time for the star designer’s Fall 2011 presentation at London Fashion Week in February. For Fast, who has had his pick of international collaborators – from Pinko to Topshop to Swarovski – this announcement serves as a hat-tip to his Canadian roots. And for Danier, who have been smartly embracing burgeoning design talents, social media and new fashion-forward styles, this news offers a chance to make an international splash. Thankfully, a capsule collection of styles inspired by the collaboration will be sold in Danier boutiques. We imagine boundary pushing knitted leather and plenty of saucy cut-out looks will be on the offer from these two national design treasures.