2017 CAFA x Swarovski Award nominee & designer Garima Tewari's Interview in the Real Style Magazine.
by Fatima Syed
Since their debut in 2014, the Canadian arts & Fashion awards have become one of the top fashion events of the year. Canada's answer to the CFDA Awards ( Council of Fashion designers of America), the CAFAs recognize emerging and established designers, making it an important barometer of where the local industry is at.
The annual extravaganza, which takes place this year on April 7th, has spotlighted such notable Canadian designers as Dsquared2 , Erdem, Moralioglu, Jason Wu & Sid Neigum. From honouring design talent to celeberating accomplished models & photographers, the CAFAs showcase the True North's evolving fashion industry.
This year is certainly no exception, with a new crop of rising stars entering the scene and joining the ranks of Canada's fashion finest. One of these standout up-and-comers is accessory designer Garima Tewari, who was nominated for a Swarovski award for Emerging Talent for her Toronto based line Garéma.
Since starting her label, Tewari's designs have been sported by actress Taraji P Henson, who stars as Cookie Lyon on the Fox series Empire. Tewari has even had the opportunity to accessorize Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, who carried a Garéma clutch at a State dinner with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.
" I was thrilled and excited by this honour. It was a Sunday evening and the shipping offices were closed , so I drove down to Ottawa and personally hand delivered the clutch as I didn't want to miss this amazing oppurtunity," Tewari Says, reflecting on the Pivotal moment.
While Tewari's designs are proudly Canadian, she derives her inspiration from various global locales, and describes the Palace of Versailles in France as one of her favourites. In fact, a visit to the stunning palace inspired her chateau de Versailles collection of clutches.
When asked where she sees her label in 5 years, Tewari doesn't shy away from the spotlight " I see myself participating at prominent fashion weeks and runway shows in Milan and Paris," she says. In addition to Canada, Garéma plans to retail in international cities such as Dubai, Paris, Milan, Rome, London & New York.
" I am truly humbled by this nomination. I think it's very important to dream. Dreams do come true if you really align your thoughts and actions." - Garima Tewari.
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