George Sully is a multidisciplinary designer, entrepreneur and as of late, known as the architect of Black Designers of Canada (BDC) — an endeavor to highlight, amplify and unite Black designers across the region to a more mainstream swath of eyes. But over a career that began with his first brand Limb Apparel in 2002, Sully has chipped away at the brick wall standing between the ill-judged stereotype of Black “urban” designers, and the rightful place he’s earned within the space of fashion. The multidisciplinary designer has accomplished far more career feats, from being signed by prolific luxury menswear brand Harry Rosen and Hudson’s Bay to earning a piece of pop culture cred as the original maker of the Star-Trek Discovery Starfleet boot. Having collaborated and designed for more than a dozen established brands, he’s a two-time Bata Shoe Museum Inductee with a body of work that spans more than two decades.


Beyond his craft, he’s become a publicly transformative figure while remaining genuinely humble. He moonlights as a vocal activist by necessity, routinely pushing for change within a Canadian fashion industry that often ignores Black designers as a whole. With his omnipresence in the fashion world as a George Brown Honorary Degree Recipient in Brand Design, FGI Visionary Award 2020 Recipient and simultaneous giver of awards through his BDC endeavour, he’s moving the needle by asking an industry to learn, listen and grow out of antiquated customs through his words and personal example