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 Tuesday, February 22nd. We’re looking forward to our honourees 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