the bfc designer menswear fund 2016 shortlist is here
Five of i-D’s favorite designers are up for the prestigious award, which comes with mentoring, business services, and a $200,000 prize.
The British Fashion Council has announced the five London-based designers in the running for the Designer Menswear Fund 2016, supported by Vertu. i-D favorites Craig Green, Lou Dalton, Sibling, Christopher Raeburn, and Astrid Andersen have been chosen, with a statement from the BFC explaining that they each have "the potential to develop into a global designer brand" and are "ready for the level of support the Fund offers."
"As the menswear industry continues to grow in size and reputation this year's shortlist shows the diversity and the talent of London's menswear designers," says Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council. "As well as sheer creativity these designers also have impressive business strategies and the potential to be Britain's next big menswear brands," she adds.
The winner of the prize will be decided after an intense two-week mentoring program with industry experts, after which each designer will submit a new business plan to the judging panel. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 18.
"The selection process seems to get harder as each year passes, as the designers continue to raise the bar, not just with their creative abilities but also with their commercial acumen," Gordon Watson, CEO of Vertu, says, adding that, "The shortlisting and mentoring process is never anything less than inspiring and it is a delight to spend time with each of the designers. I am looking forward to seeing who comes to the fore over the coming weeks because right now, it is impossible to call."
The winning designer will receive a year of top-level business mentoring, services worth £50,000 ($73,000) and a prize fund of £150,000 ($218,000).
Text Charlotte Gush
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