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Harricana gives gorgeous materials a second life and transform them into unique pieces, proving that fashion can also be sustainable. Since 1993, Harricana’s expertise has allowed them to communicate emotions from generation to generation by recycling high-quality fashion apparel. By recycling old furs, they have saved the lives of more than 800,000 animals over the past 15 years. It has also enabled them to breath new life into more than 80,000 coats, silk scarves, cashmere scarves and wedding gowns, which would never have been worn again if they had not been remodelled.

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In 2012, LeBlanc formed “Fondation Le Cadeau de Mado / Mado’s Gift Foundation” in memory of his sister Madeleine. Even though he was born after she died, LeBlanc believes that his sister Mado gave him the gifts of his creativity and the need to help children. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised funds for children with life-threatening illnesses or children who need financial support.

LeBlanc is especially proud that this year’s FUSION show, Artificis, raised an additional $10,000 for the Foundation. Matt’s belief in his goal of $10,000 was realized when realtor Phil Albert of CREATIV Team made a big last minute donation. “The team at CREATIV have been strong supporters of Mado’s Gift over the years.  I’m very grateful of their involvement. I’m also very grateful to everyone who bought arms and arms of raffle tickets for raffle prizes from our wonderful business sponsors; the live auction bidders and donators; and for those that purchased the kids art. It’s all a little overwhelming when I think of the outpouring of love and generosity of the people and businesses here.”

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This year, I’d like sincerely thank Casino NB for becoming a partner of the event.  They have generously donated a signed Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar.  This guitar was signed by ZZ Top with an estimated value $700.

Another great prize that will be part of raffle draw is a style makeover donated by Klozet Boutique with a value of $800.  All the prizes in the raffle is worth over $4,000.  Lets raise a lot of money for local children!

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The unique asset of my FUSION event is its hand-painted costumes. I truly enjoyed this part of the process. Having my art appear on costumes is yet another way to put my stamp on the show. From set design, to decoration all the way to the costumes, my creativity is front and center, making this show standout from the others.

It’s hard to believe that Artificis will have over 30 costumes in total. None of them are store bought either.   I worked with Adrienne Goodine, a brilliant designer from Fredericton, on some custom Matt LeBlanc Art gowns, which will be a featured element in the show.  After the show, the gowns will be on tour appearing in two fashion shows in Montreal, along with a few other items I’ve been working on.

When I least expected it, I’ve met another designer (a lovely angel) who has been helping me create all these costumes.  She doesn’t want any recognition for her hard work, but she will always have a special place in my heart, I’m extremely grateful for her talents.  I can’t imagine how the show would look without her magic hands working on these costumes.  

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