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National Fur Design Competition 2021 Winners

19 February 2021
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Toronto, ON- (February 18, 2021) Celebrating a new vision of fur for an eco-conscious age the Canadian Fur Atelier (CFA) has announced the winners of the first National Fur Design Competition. Aspiring fashion design talents were asked to conceive innovative fashion looks that project “the future heritage of fur”. The competition was coordinated by the Fur Council of Canada (FCC), in cooperation with leading Canadian fur associations, including the Fur Institute of Canada and the Seals and Sealing Network.


“The Fur Design Competition encourages young designers to develop innovative ways to explore the versatility and sustainability of this unique, natural material”

Melanie Calandra, Project Manager with the FCC.


Designer/Creative Director Farley Chatto states:

“We have a new, socially and environmentally aware generation that has a much more holistic understanding of fur: from upcycling natural materials, to sustaining communities and cultures, to vintage fur and ethical sourcing.”


Four influential judges selected 12 top students from entries received from across the country. The judges included international model and spokesperson Stacey McKenzie, celebrity stylist Shea Hurley, and Indigenous designers Sage Paul, and D’Arcy Moses.


The 12 winning students are:

Erica Joan Lugt- Aurora College

Austin Bergeron- George Brown College

Etienne Levi- Cégep Marie-Victorin

Hannah Walkes- Olds College

Prudence Mekonge-Ekwele- Ryerson University

Vishali Sitharthan- George Brown College

Yassine Touati- Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC (Montréal)

Chelsey Jussaume- Cégep Marie-Victorin

Olivia Chislett- Seneca College

Vincent Domingo- Seneca College

Raven A. Scott- George Brown College

Carson Feng- George Brown College


The twelve winning students will receive travel, accommodations, and a week-long intensive fur design workshop at Toronto’s Ryerson University, where they will explore a range of new techniques for working with fur, one of the most versatile and sustainably-produced natural clothing materials. The Fur Harvesters Auction and the Canada Mink Breeders Association generously donated the furs for this workshop.

The Fur Council of Canada (FCC) is a national, non-profit association, with members representing all sectors of the Canadian fur.