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You don’t have to be a sports buff to love the Toronto Maple Leafs. Even Much Digital Studios Creator Michael Rizzi, who claims to have no athletic ability, considers himself a fan of the franchise. This season, the Leafs turn 100 years old, and we’re calling all sports fans, designers and fashion lovers alike to help celebrate the milestone in style by participating in the Toronto Maple Leafs Design Challenge.
Much is teaming up with the Leafs, Mitchell & Ness and the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) to select two local designers who will create a men’s and women’s capsule collection to 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. Oh, and the two winners will each receive a $25,000 prize. The contest closes on September 26, so be sure to get your designs in before then.
You’ve already got the inside scoop from Liz Trinnear and the folks over at Mitchell & Ness on how to rock the design aspect of the challenge and now, Michael is helping you tackle the sentimental side of it. He caught up with some die-hard Leafs fans to talk about what the Toronto Maple Leafs and their iconic logos and colours mean to them.
“Maple leaf forever, blue and white—it really is the passion that unites us from coast to coast,” one fan said. “I really believe they’re Canada’s team.”