The British Fashion Council has selected 37 designers who will receive financial aid from its COVID-19 emergency fund.
Selected from more than 200 applications, the list comprises of emerging names, i.e. young, talented designers who have just completed one or more successful seasons.
Recipients for the Fund are Alighieri (VDFF 2020), 16Arlington, Ahluwalia, Aries, ART SCHOOL, Bethany Williams, BIANCA SAUNDERS, Chalayan, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY (VDFF 2020), Chopova Lowena, CRAIG GREEN, David Koma (VDFF 2020), E. Tautz, E.L.V. DENIM, Edeline Lee, EFTYCHIA, Halpern (VDFF 2020), King & Tuckfield, Kwaidan Editions, Liam Hodges, Matty Bovan, Metier (VDFF 2020), Nabil Nayal, NEOUS, Nicholas Daley, palmer//harding, PAPER LONDON, paria /FARZANEH, PER GOTESSON, Phoebe English, RAEBURN, Rejina Pyo (VDFF 2020), Richard Malone, RICHARD QUINN, ROKSANDA, Stefan Cooke, Toogood.
Each label will receive 50,000 pounds, mentoring support as well as access to the BFC’s Fashion Business Network, which includes Eco-Age, Farfetch, Google, Instagram, LVMH, and YouTube.
‘Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen an astonishing amount of applications come through from British designer businesses all over the country, asking for help to survive the crisis. The need for support is immense. Our hope is to re-open the fund for future rounds, to help as many businesses as possible, and ensure the future growth and success of the British fashion industry,’ Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of BFC said in a press release.
BFC’s one million pounds emergency support fund was created by pooling investments from other talent funds, such as NewGen and the Vogue Designer Fashion Fund that would have traditionally been awarded for either early-stage showcasing support or business growth and promotion. A portion of funds is also allocated to students, underpinning the future generation of creative talent.