In 2007, at Télio’s Canada’s Breakthrough Designers Competition, one student caught the attention of our panel of judges, so much so that they awarded him a special creative mention (that has been part of the competition’s prizes ever since). Thomas Tait’s garment was so expertly constructed that they needed to acknowledge it, even though it didn’t necessarily fit into the judging categories of the competition.
Cut to 7 years later, Thomas Tait won the first ever LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize, which consists of a 330 714$ grant and a year of mentoring by the experts at LVMH. The jury for this amazing prize included; Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons, Riccardo Tisci, Humberto Leon & Carol Lim. Literally a who’s who of the fashion world.
Tait started his fashion studies in Montreal at LaSalle College, where he found the experience disheartening, saying ”it was very uncreative, but halfway through I started to read up on fashion in a broader sense.” That’s when he discovered some of the world’s most incredible designers; Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen & John Galliano. All of which graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design, inspiring him to enroll there immediately. At 22, he was the youngest Saint Martins graduate ever!
Now based in London, he has produced a collection every year since his graduation. He is heavily involved in all of the aspects that go into producing a quality fashion show, from lighting and sound to casting, staging and the choosing of the venue, he is a hands on creative director.
The LVMH prize came at a perfect time in his professional career because he was struggling to keep his brand alive financially, His orders weren’t big enough to outsource his production so all of his garments had to be produced in London, at a much higher cost and he only employed 1 person full time to help with everything.
Competing with some of his very talented peers, the LVMH jury no doubt chose Tait for his incredible tailoring and his overall aesthetic that can easily be transferred different types of garments such as sportswear. His products are logical descendants of his points of references, perfectly thought out and executed.
After all, LVMH is always looking for hot young talent to replace exiting designers in their established fashion houses. They own; Céline, Dior, Donna Karan, Fendi, Givenchy, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton. Not to mention other brands such as; Belvedere, Guerlain, Make Up For Ever, Tag Heuer & Sephora!
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