Cecilia Rebagliati has fast developed a name for herself as a designer to watch. In just fourteen short years, her Cecile Benac label of medium to high-end knitwear has captured the attention of consumers and fashion media alike.

Originally from Lima, Peru, Cecilia learned to knit as a child and later owned a ladies’ boutique before relocating to Vancouver, British Columbia in the late 1980s. Here on Canada’s West Coast she managed production for a high-end knitwear manufacturer before striking out on her own.

Through advanced studies in fashion design and textile art she has further honed her craft. In 2000 and 2001, the designer was honoured with Matinee Fashion Foundation grants, Canada’s most widely recognized fashion award.

Rebagliati is known for her use of innovative and luxurious yarns – featherweight loopy mohair, tie-dyed ribbon yarn and washable linen among them – imported from France, Italy and Spain. Handknitted and hand-assembled in Vancouver, her stylish sweaters, wraps and accessories are currently sold in upscale boutiques across Canada and the United States.

While she follows the fashion trends for colour and shape, Rebagliati’s vision is to create beautiful designs that fit superbly and can be worn for years to come.