10 Semi-Finalists presented 3 looks each at the first installment of Design Forward. Based on these runway presentations, a jury of 10 industry insiders chose 3 finalists: Triarchy, Peggy Sue Collection and Omi Woods.

In August each designer pitched their brand to the jury, naming why they deserve to win Canada’s Sustainable Fashion Award and the prize valued at $50,000.

Peggy Sue Collection Named Winner

The Peggy Sue Collection, founded in 2015 by Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks, is an ethical luxury brand that focuses on hyper-traceable fibres, artisanal production and zero-waste design. Utilizing local wool and alpaca fibres, organic colour-grown cottons and innovative upcycled denims, the Peggy Sue Collection is known for timeless pieces that are both climate beneficial and beautiful.

The Finalists

Triarchy, a denim atelier, reimagines vintage denim in luxury form. Triarchy is dedicated to reducing the water consumption and pollution created by our favourite garment, jeans.

Omi Woods is a boutique brand specializing classic silhouettes that celebrate African and Indigenous textiles. Omi Woods designs use eco-dyed, sustainable fabrics and fair wage practices.

Design Forward at EDIT

All 3 Finalists showcased their looks with a salon-style activations at a cocktail reception held at the Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology (EDIT). Design Forward guests interacted with the designers and their collections while enjoying cocktails and exploring EDIT’s transformative presentations housed in 150,000 sq ft of raw industrial space. Fireside chats with the designers, hosted by FTA Founder Kelly Drennan, gave each designer the opportunity to discuss their challenges and successes with sustainable design and talk about their looks. The evening culminated with the announcement of the winner, Peggy Sue Collection.

The prize, valued at $50,000, includes a 1 week, all-expense paid trip to Shanghai, China, courtesy of TESTEX, to attend the Intertextile Shanghai Exhibition and discover MADE IN GREEN by OKEO-TEX® production.