Established in 2007, Studio NAFA is the first of its kind in North America. Using a unique combination of student design competitions, worldwide outreach programs, and creative workshops, Studio NAFA aims to pair the creativity of today’s youth, with the strength, wisdom and skill of current-day furriers, practicing an age-old craft.
Studio NAFA provides participants the opportunity to work with top quality North American and European ranch mink and fox as well as an exceptional collection of North American wild fur. In addition, under the leadership of its talented and knowledgeable instructors, Studio NAFA participants are encouraged to experiment with fur techniques and textiles in an open and collaborative environment.
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The curriculum at Studio NAFA targets several different groups—design students, designers as well as design teams from a varied range of industries (trimming, apparel, interior design and fashion accessories), and fur technicians.
At Studio NAFA we encourage students to share, brainstorm and collaborate with one another. Through hands on workshops, participants are guided by Studio NAFA instructors to experiment with fur, mixing fur with textiles and other products, learning and altering techniques—all within an open and collaborative environment.
Our curriculum for senior designers and technicians focuses on learning at a Master’s level and is challenging for even the most experienced furrier. We are also delighted to custom design a curriculum for brands and companies who need help on how to integrate the many beautiful NAFA products into their existing collections.
Daria McWilliams, Director of Studio NAFA
With a background in fashion PR and Marketing, Daria has worked with global brands such as Links of London, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Public School NYC.
Daria graduated with a Bachelor in Art History from Queen’s University and a Master’s in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. From there she worked as a journalist reporting on art and fashion in London and Berlin.
Daria’s creative background brings an enthusiastic and multi-disciplinary asset to Studio NAFA. She is excited to share her love for fashion and creative thinking with students and designers alike.
Farley Chatto, Toronto Deisgner
Farley Chatto is a Toronto-based designer with a global clientele, renowned for his eponymous line of haute couture menswear, first launched in 1988. Over the course of more than 25 years in the fashion and design industry, he has dressed notable celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Noth, Drake, Elton John, and George Clooney. Chatto teaches at Ryerson University in Toronto and he is also the in-house designer at Four Seasons Fur Co. where he works with customers to design and develop their furs. The designer has two fur fashion lines, Farley Chatto & My Wild by Farley Chatto.
John Kehagias, Senior Fur Technician, Consultant & In-House Furrier
John Kehagias is a Senior Fur Technician and Consultant with Studio NAFA, as well as a Production Supervisor with NAFA. John has over 35 years of extensive experience in the fur industry, having been trained from an early age by his father, a furrier in Kastoria, Greece. John spent many years in Kastoria gaining knowledge and experience in running a fur manufacturing business, and later, he owned and operated his own fur retail store in Toronto.
John has extensive experience in manufacturing and creating fur garments with dressed fur skins, including coloring, matching, cutting, sewing, blocking, working with patterns, and maintaining quality control. This experience has been enhanced in his work with raw fur skins at NAFA, where he works in a supervisory role, overseeing napping, grading, live grading, coloring, closing, and quality control.
On Friday August 18th, Studio NAFA 2017 successfully wrapped at NAFA’s HQ in Toronto. This year, NAFA proudly hosted 17 students from 8 countries including China, Korea, Japan, Istanbul, Greece, England, Argentina and Canada.
Each student brought positive energy and a different perspective to the intensive week of technical training and practice. Led by fashion designer, Farley Chatto, the 2017 project theme was “Breaking Dimensions”. Senior Fur Technician, John Kehaghais lent hands-on technical knowledge and expertise to students with varied levels of fur machine experience. Each student interpreted the theme in a unique and imaginative way that became an inspiring lesson to each participant.
In addition to studio time, the students also visited Parkinson’s Mink Ranch, African Fashion Week at the Royal Ontario Museum and Niagara Falls.