Celebrated Canadian Designer George Sully to Award 100 Black Designers of Canada The BDC Award of Excellence Honouring Black Achievements During Black History Month
TORONTO – Renowned footwear designer and creator of Black Designers of Canada, George Sully, continues to emphasize the importance of inclusion across Canada and within the fashion industry through the recognition of talented Black Canadian Designers from coast to coast. He is pleased to announce the Inaugural Black Designer Award of Excellence.
The Black Designer Award of Excellence is an acknowledgment of the struggles of Black Designers of Canada and the strength, motivation and commitment it takes to overcome them. Said principal George Sully, “There is a commonality shared by all recipients of this award often having to work twice as hard for less than what’s been offered to others. It has invigorated the community to do better and stand out as unique designers-–that builds excellence. Any Black Canadian designer who has survived designing in the face of these obstacles, including systemic racism, has earned a level of recognition that this Award exemplifies.”
The Black Designer Award of Excellence is a hand-crafted glass engraved award honouring Black excellence and design contributions to the Canadian fashion community and the “never-give-up” relentless enthusiasm that these designers have demonstrated through their inspired work. The inaugural BDC Award of Excellence will be issued on Wednesday, February 24th. We’re looking forward to our honourees will be sharing in the celebration virtually on their respective social media platforms using the awards hashtag #BDCExcellenceAwards.
In Canada, we’ve been blessed to have an abundance of incredible black talent. From fashion designers to interior designers, performance artists and all creative arts. Now is the time to amplify black voices and black stories, particularly within the Canadian fashion industry.
The Black Designer Award of Excellence Award Criteria
- Exceptional Company or Brand
- Exceptional Website, E-Commerce Platform
- Exceptional Social Media Platforms, Photography, Overall Brand Presentation
About George Sully
FGI 2020 Visionary Award Recipient and two-time Bata Shoe Museum Inductee, George Sully is no stranger to the Canadian fashion world. From brands Sully Wong, House of Hayla, Sully & Son Co., maker of the Starfleet Boot for CBS’s flagship juggernaut STAR TREK Discovery and more – his influence has grown from shoes to a broad range of accessible forward looking brands that are representative of this next generation of fashion.
About Black Designers of Canada
Black Designers of Canada (BDC) is the first-ever comprehensive index of Black Canadian designers in the fashion industry. It is a platform aiming to give a voice to Black designers in the community while eliminating the excuse of exclusion. Born of his own firsthand experiences of struggle and racially driven resistance, George Sully successfully launched the Index in August 2020.
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