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Canadian designer Vejas Kruszewski is seen in this undated handout photo.

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Canadian designer Vejas Kruszewski has won a special award from the LVMH Prize for young fashion designers.

The 19-year-old behind Toronto-based label Vejas has been awarded 150,000 euros, or approximately C$218,000.

Kruszewski also received a year-long mentorship from the LVMH Group, the luxury goods conglomerate which includes fashion brands Louis Vuitton, Celine and Givenchy and awards the annual prize.

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The self-taught designer launched his eponymous label with his first collection at New York Fashion Week last year.

Kruszewski was awarded the special prize in recognition of "exceptional talent" and was credited for distinguishing himself with "a mature style and independent spirit."

British designer Grace Wales Bonner, behind the label Wales Bonner, won the grand prize and a grant of 300,000 euros (C$436,000).

Launched in November 2013, the LVMH Prize was created to support young fashion designers around the world.

The contest is open to those under 40 who have created at least two women's or men's ready-to-wear collections.

In addition to the grant, winners also benefit from assistance from LVMH teams in such areas as intellectual property, marketing, production and distribution.

Jury members for the 2016 prize included fashion heavyweights Nicolas Ghesquiere, Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld.

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London-based Canadian designer Thomas Tait won the inaugural young fashion designer prize in 2014.

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