Originally from Romania, Lucian Matis grew up surrounded by fashion in his mother’s tailor shop where he learned to design at a young age. He moved to Canada in 1999 to further his fashion education studies at Ryerson University. His professors who achnowledged his great creativity and maturity recognized his talents, which lead to an early graduation in 2003. During his university years, Matis established his talts early on by winning many different fashion awards: including The Fur Council of Canada Award (2002), Le Chateau’s Menswear Competition (2002), People’s Choice Award for Best Sketch in Chinese Competition (2002), semi-finalist for the International Young Designer Competition (2002) and the Alfred Sung Award for great design talent (2003).
As a result of much-deserved attention, Matis was invited to participate on the first season of Slice channel’s hit reality-TV show, Project Runway Canada wherein he stole the hearts of Canadians everywhere and took a very contentious second place. Matis’ fashions have been in and on may magazines editorial pages & covers around the world including Lush, Flare, Elle Canada, Ion, Amazing Canadian, Tribute (France), Launchpad (USA), Applied arts, to name just a few.
Lucian has worked for major Canadian fashion retailers as a buyer and creative fashion director. He has also been designing his own label for four years. Lucian describes his line as sophisticated and sensual, where details are key and there is always an unexpected twist.
Most recently Lucian Matis showcased his Spring /Summer 2010 Collection show at LG Fashion Week in October 2009, and won the coveted Fashion Designer Development Fund (FDDF) award, which was adjudicated by a prestigious panel of judges.