Last night, fashion’s finest gathered inside the swank Royal Ontario Museum to celebrate the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s 25th anniversary. While guests were busy toasting the organization’s continued success fostering young Canadian design talents through its rigorous mentorship programs, many were anxious to hear who would walk away with the New Labels grand prize.
With a $25,000 cash prize from Suzanne Rogers to further their brand, a feature in FLARE and a design studio space at TFI headquarters sponsored by TNT boutique, the stakes were certainly high.
After a lengthy deliberation, both before and during the event, judges made their decision. Alberta’s own Sid Neigum was named the title winner who seemed shocked by the news but certainly the most deserving.
Following a strong showing at Toronto Fashion Week earlier this year with standout pieces and some of the industry’s top models, Neigum’s name has been a buzz since his designs stepped off the runway–so much so that he’s maintained stockists in both New York and Hong Kong.
Look for a special edition of FLARE dedicated to the TFI this fall.