Get to Know the 5 TFI New Labels Finalists for 2017

Each year the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) awards one emerging Canadian designer with the TFI New Label of the Year title and grant. Get to know 2017's five finalists here

The TFI New Labels fashion show celebrates the brightest up-and-coming Canadian fashion designers. Each year, the emerging talent compete for the prestigious New Labels award which is valued at over $90,000 (!!). This includes the $30,000 Suzanne Rogers Award for Most Promising New Label, editorial features with FLARE and HELLO! Canada, as well as the opportunity to show at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week spring 2018.

Tonight, this year’s five finalists will present their collections in a fashion show competition that will take place at Toronto’s historic Waterworks building. 2017 also marks the 30th anniversary of the award-winning non-profit (hence the name #TFIXXX), so it’s bound to be a big celebration.

Here are this years nominees—stay tuned to @flarefashion on Twitter tonight for a live update on the winner!

Get to know TFI New Labels FInalists 2017 Andrew Coimbra

Andrew Coimbra
Age: 29
Hometown: Toronto

Andrew Coimbra studied textile design at OCAD, fashion design from George Brown College and interned at major fashion labels including Proenza Schouler, Toronto’s Philip Sparks and Pink Tartan. His extensive resume led him to create a label of his own which he sums up as “cool, refined ease.”

Get to know TFI New Labels FInalists 2017 Michael Zoffanieri

Michael Zoffanieri
Age: 22
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.

With a degree from Ryerson’s School of Fashion, Michael Zoffanieri’s created his line ZOFF inspired by his Italian-Canadian heritage. His style philosophy? “Reverence for the women I have the opportunity to dress,” he says.

Get to know TFI New Labels FInalists 2017 Claire Lemaitre-Auger

Claire Lemaître-Auger
Age: 55
Hometown: Montréal

After studying pattern making at Lasalle College in Montréal, Lemaître-Auger followed her dream of designing by joining the TFI.  “My work is inspired by all my experiences as a woman,” Claire Lemaître-Auger says.

Get to know TFI New Labels FInalists 2017 Ryan Alexander

Ryan Alexander Smith
Age: 35
Hometown: Portage La Prairie, Man.

Ryan Alexander studied fashion design at the International Academy of Design in Toronto. Speaking about his work, he says “As a dressmaker, I love to combine intriguing colours, shapes and lines to create modern and elegant silhouettes for sophisticated yet adventurous women.”

Get to know TFI New Labels FInalists 2017 Sebastian Guarin
Sebastian Guarin

Age: 26
Hometown: Medellin, Colombia

Atelier Guarin is the brainchild of designer Sebastian Guarin. Though born in Colombia, Sebastian grew up and studied in Canada. His contemporary ready-to-wear label is made for the modern woman, whom he describes as “driven to find standout pieces.”

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