• Welcome to CAFA

    The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) was created to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievement and emerging talent in Canadian fashion design. In doing so, we hope to encourage the economic development of the Canadian fashion industry and endorse Canadian cultural sovereignty.

  • Official 2015 Honorary Chairs

    For decades, Roots has been a leader in the retail industry in Canada with its commitment to environmental matters, literacy campaigns and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

  • 2015 Vanguard Award Honoree & Host - Joe Zee

    Joe Zee is the Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer of Yahoo Style where he leads the vision, creative direction and development of the new Yahoo Style digital magazine. Joe will also bring his style expertise and insider access to create video series, original programming, and special events for Yahoo’s upcoming fashion and beauty magazines.

  • Official 2015 CAFA Winners

    CAFA is very excited to announce the winners for the 2015 CAFA Gala. CAFATM winners have been selected by separate Jury made up of 25 influential members of the Canadian Arts and Fashion community from across the country...

  • Sponsorship

    The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) presents an excellent opportunity for organizations to create a highly visible alignment with Canadian culture, creativity, and innovation. An investment in CAFA is an investment in Canada – for Canada ...

OPEN CALL

CAFA is thrilled to introduce its Emerging Fashion Fridays spotlight series. As a fundamental part of our mandate, we are dedicated to promoting and supporting new talent in the field of fashion design. Each week, one of the nation's up-and-coming designers will be spotlighted through our Emerging Fashion Fridays feature. This is a chance to receive national exposure through CAFA's network and audience.
If you are a Canadian fashion designer with less than five years working in the industry, we want to hear from you.

Send your biography, and a copy of your most recent lookbook to emergingfridays@cafawards.ca.
Selected entries will be contacted with more information.
We look forward to discovering new Canadian talent every week!

Amy Malcolm

Emerging Fashion Fridays - Opelle

Striking the perfect balance between luxury and functionality, homegrown label Opelle is making a splash in the Canadian fashion scene with its line of high quality handbags. The brand’s vision is to “create pieces that close the gap between traditional luxury & fast-fashion”. Using 100% genuine leather handcrafted in a utilitarian design, Opelle’s Permanent Collection encompasses 24 unique styles with seasonal collections released twice a year.







Emerging Talent Competitions

The Emerging Talent Awards for Fashion Design and Accessory Design are the only CAFA Award categories eligible for self nomination. These two Awards will be presented to innovative Canadian designers who are emerging as true creative forces in Canadian fashion. Each Emerging Talent Award winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and gain national and international exposure and recognition.

Joe Zee

Joe Zee - 2015 Vanguard Award Honoree

Joe Zee is the Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer of Yahoo Style where he leads the vision, creative direction and development of the new Yahoo Style digital magazine. Joe will also bring his style expertise and insider access to create video series, original programming, and special events for Yahoo’s upcoming fashion and beauty magazines.

Sponsorship

The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) presents an excellent opportunity for organizations to create a highly visible alignment with Canadian culture, creativity, and innovation. An investment in CAFA...

The 2015 Event

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Fairmont Pacific Rim - Official Hotel Partner of the 2015 CAFAs

Fairmont Pacific Rim - Official Hotel Partner of the 2015 CAFAs

Fairmont Pacific Rim is a proud supporter of Canada’s Fashion Community. This downtown Vancouver hotel offers luxurious suites with captivating views of the water and mountains. For the ultimate pampering, Fairmont Gold is the ultimate upgrade to an exclusive hotel within a hotel.

Book your next stay today at Fairmont Pacific Rim.