On Jan. 31, 2015, Mantella Corporation once again took up the reins as a leading sponsor of the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFAs), making the event’s second annual gala one the city, and the country, were all talking about.
President of Mantella Corporation Robert Mantella and his wife, Sylvia Mantella, have become regulars on the fundraising circuit. On top of their work with the CAFAs (Sylvia is also the chair of the CAFA Nominating Committee, which features 43 members), the Mantellas support over 30 organizations, including Scrubs in the City and ONEXONE. For Robert, supporting Canada’s fashion industry has become a shared passion between himself and Sylvia.
“Canadian fashion designers have reached a level that is turning heads on the international stage,” says Robert. “The CAFAs not only celebrate that success but also garner further recognition for those talents here at home and across the globe.”
The CAFAs honour the accomplishments of leading Canadian designers as well as recognizing the country’s emerging stars in fashion. Through this support, it’s hoped that the fashion industry in Canada will further develop, elevating the presence of homegrown talent across the globe.
This year, the CAFAs returned to the Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto, where the city’s tastemakers and fashion elite mingled among cocktails, live entertainment and, of course, the awards presentation. Editor-in-chief of Yahoo Style Joe Zee hosted the evening and welcomed a star-studded roster of presenters to the stage, including actress Elisha Cuthbert, supermodel Yasmin Warsame, philanthropist Suzanne Rogers and husband-and-wife fashion power couple Joe Mimran and Kimberley Newport-Mimran.
Eleven of the Karim Rashid-designed awards were handed out over the course of the evening, with Mikhael Kale winning Womenswear Designer of the Year, Philippe Dubuc taking home the Menswear Designer of the Year award, Sid Neigum earning the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent and Marie Saint Pierre honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award.
“The CAFAs have proven to not only be beneficial for the Canadian fashion industry, but something that the public has been craving,” Robert adds. “We couldn’t be more proud to lend the Mantella name to such a notable event.”
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