Canada’s Breakthrough Designers: Where Are Our Finalists Now?

To mark our 10th anniversary, we wanted to check-in with our former finalists and winners to see how they evolved after their TÉLIO experience, and share these stories with you! Today, we talk with 2 participants from the 2013 edition, Alanna Klatt and Caroline Joy-Elizabeth Elie!

Alanna Klatt- 2013 Finalist



What is your biggest influence when designing? I am a born again Christian and every time I get asked this question, I answer the same way. The influence and inspiration over my designs is always the Lord – I let him guide me through each collection and lead me through each and every aspect of my business!

You have participated in a few design competitions, what would you say is the biggest challenge in such a venture? Design competitions take such thought and time to set yourself a part from each other contestant. I would say that is the challenge. You need a well thought out plan and design to stand a part and true self-motivated tendencies.

Who is your favorite artist and why? The Creator of this earth! Take a moment and look at the sunset each evening and how the sky is painted in colour – Or the gentle lines of landscape in a far off distance: It’s breath-taking.

In a few words, what has been your Fashion journey since your participation in the 2013 edition of the Télio Competition? Since my participation in the 2013 edition of the Telio Competition, I have started my own business, KLATT! I create luxury comfort collections that provide women with a fine balance between comfort and style, using 100% knit fabrications. God has guided me down this path and brought many successes to me along the way in the past two years! You can find my upcoming Spring 2015 collection available in The Kawartha Store, Fenelon Falls, and Frock & Dilettante, in Elora! I am also partnered up with a favourite Toronto boutique, Fresh Collective, creating exclusive pieces for their shop based entirely on customer feedback, preferences, likes & dislikes! Everyone can follow along the journey on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and browse the collections at!

Caroline Joy-Elizabeth Elie- 2013 Finalist



I hear you are at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design, nice! Can you let us in a bit on your fashion journey? I spent three years at LaSalle College doing the DEC Fashion Design program, then the summer before my final year at LaSalle I did a Summer Program at École Parsons à Paris and truly relished in the way they worked. It was a lot less technical and a lot more conceptually based which is what I had been looking for. Having a strong foundation in understanding production and very technical design from LaSalle, I had not yet had the opportunity to work on developing my own “universe” within design. Although after the summer course, I had striven to do so throughout my final year at LaSalle. So after the summer courses I applied to transfer into the third year of the four-year program and managed to move abroad. Although my studies are quite all consuming I’ve managed to work showrooms for 3.1 Phillip Lim and worked as a design assistance to the menswear brand Smith-Wykes while here in order to understand the inner workings of entrepreneurial brands.This is something I personally aim for in the future.

If you could give one advice to upcoming contestants of the TÉLIO competition, what would it be? Well, based on personal experience, this experience will be something very precious. This is a moment where you have so much time to delight in the creation of a truly magical piece and this is something you will not get in the future.

How would you compare Paris’s fashion to Montreal’s fashion? Based on the markets the fashion itself is in two completely different realms of focus. There is a really strong focus on production and manufacturing within the Canadian consumption whereas in France individuals tend to focus on buying goods which will last them decades. But, today this is changing as many young people are starting to focus on quality over quantity and realizing the detrimental effects of mass consumption within the garment industry. Based on aesthetic, Montreal is changing a lot within its design focus whereas Paris does not change because they are a very traditional within their craftsmanship. Cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Antwerp, etc. tend to focus more on creating innovative fashion.

What are your favorite fabrics to work with and why? I’ve always gravitated towards pure textiles. For my senior thesis collection, which is based on the second society and man-made bonds, I’m planning on working with waxed cottons, wool jerseys, juniper linen, and twill cottons that I will silkscreen. I also knit quite a bit and tend to use Alpaca, Cotton and Jute fibres. In my past junior thesis collection I worked mainly with silk organza and chiffon, cotton laces which were generously given by Sophie Hallette, and sheepskin. I work a lot with fabric manipulation in order to create a relationship between the textile and myself.

You can see my work at


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