“I had to build my own hype to be seen,” says George Sully, reflecting on his decade-long career in the fashion industry. He’s launched brands like House of Hayla and Sully Wong, designed footwear for the show Star Trek: Discovery and is featured in the Bata Shoe Museum’s collection. Even so, the Toronto-based shoe designer has always felt overlooked. “[I thought] I can’t be the only one who has to go through this same system.”
That’s what inspired him to develop an interactive index highlighting the work of Black designers from across Canada. The platform, which launched this month, features mini profiles on designers and brands in fashion, interior design, industrial design, graphic design and furniture design.