Great news for future Canadian designers and sportswear brands,...

Great news for future Canadian designers and sportswear brands, Chip Wilson and Lululemon are launching a brand new school of design in Vancouver!

Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson announced Friday he will help fund a new $36-million school of design focusing on high-tech clothing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Wilson said he and his wife Shannon will donate $8 million, to be combined with $4 million from the Vancouver-based company he founded in 1998, to launch the Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen’s Richmond campus.

The provincial government and Kwantlen will each contribute $12 million.

“It’s going to be marrying technical people who know what they’re doing with students here with the right machines,” Wilson told students, faculty and media who attended the announcement at Kwantlen’s main atrium.

“Students can come out of this school fully versed in the ability to make highly technical outerwear.”

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