Melissa Nepton wins chance to design line for Target's Quebec stores

MONTREAL – Quebec designer Melissa Nepton has won the chance to design a line for Target stores opening in the province.

Nepton was crowned the winner of the Target Emerging Designer Award during the closing night show at Montreal Fashion Week late Thursday.

The winner now has the opportunity to create an exclusive collection that will be sold at Target stores across Quebec next year.

Award entrants were asked to provide a sample portfolio of three designs for men, women or both capturing the essence of a proposed fall-winter collection for Target.

The Target Emerging Designer Award recipient will also receive a $25,000 grant to produce a full-scale fashion show at Montreal Fashion Week and a full-page profile in Elle Quebec.

The award is also linked to the Designers Fund, a joint initiative of Sensation Mode, the firm which organizes Montreal Fashion Week, and the Montreal Fashion Foundation.

Target plans to open its first Canadian stores in March and April, with locations in Quebec slated to debut in the fall.