If you haven’t heard yet, the Toronto Maple Leafs hit a huge milestone this year, celebrating their 100th birthday. And since Leafs Nation deserves to celebrate in style, Much has teamed up with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Mitchell & Ness and the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) to select two local designers to create a men’s and women’s capsule collection.
The collection will launch exclusively at the Toronto Maple Leafs Store powered by Real Sports Apparel in September 2017. The designers will use the new Leafs primary sweater as inspiration and work with sports apparel experts Mitchell & Ness to bring the collection to life.
The designs have been submitted and now, we’re one step closer to having a brand spankin’ new capsule collection to celebrate the Leafs’ centennial. Six separate collections (three for women, three for men) have been selected as finalists. The rest is up to voters! Meet the designers and get a preview of their collections below. Head over to leafsfashionchallenge.com to see their full collections and vote for your favourites. Voting closes on November 30.
Campos’ designs were influenced by both modern trends and heritage pieces. For his men’s collection, he made the new logo the focal point of each piece that fans would be proud to rock anywhere.
Brian Ho Sang
Ho Sang is a finalist for both the women’s and men’s collection, drawing inspiration from Canadiana and classic athletic wear and adding a touch of hockey heritage. His collections are meant to appeal to all fans, both old and young, with wearable, comfortable pieces that are an extension of the existing Maple Leafs brand.
Ellie Mae Waters
Waters named her collection Retro-Tech, bringing back the feel of the ’70s with old school elements like cropped fits and ringer tees. On the two jackets in her collection, she incorporated inspirational quotes from Leafs Coach Mike Babcock.
Hewson’s designs celebrate the 100-year history of the Leafs by bringing designer aesthetic to the legendary sports brand. The pieces reflect modern trends and share an eminent Canadian and Torontonian personality.
Duhamel’s collection focuses on simplicity, honouring the rich history of the Leafs with a championship patch. He took inspiration from a quote from president of the Leafs, Brendan Shanahan, incorporating the words “pride,” “honour,” and “courage” into his designs.
See their full collections over at leafsfashionchallenge.com. Voting closes on November 30.