This morning the British Fashion Council announced the shortlisted nominees for the British Fashion Council/GQ Designer Menswear Fund supported by Vertu. Congratulations are in order to; Christopher Raeburn, Christopher Shannon, E. Tautz, Lou Dalton and Richard Nicoll.
“The shortlisted designers are testament to the extraordinary array of talent in the menswear industry in Britain right now. The current generation of British menswear designers might be the best ever, as they not only have creativity in abundance, but also a keen business sense. Our young designers know that without a solid business background, success can be tough, which is why it is so heartening to see such strong business plans from these shortlisted designers. I wish them all well.”
Dylan Jones, Editor of British GQ and Chair of London Collections Men
The judging panel all agreed that each of the shortlisted designers were in a strong position to develop into global designer brands, and are all ready for the level of support the fund are able to offer to the winner. Over the next two months, the shortlisted designers will participate in the BFC’s mentoring programme in which industry experts provide guidance on branding, commercial retail and wholesale and digital innovation.
From left to right: Christopher Raeburn, Christopher Shannon & E. Tautz Fall 2014.
The winning designer will be provided with a bespoke, high level mentoring support programme over the next twelve months from the Fund, alongside a £150,000 grant to provide the infrastructure needed to take them to the next stage of their business and a £50,000 value in kind services. Here at Fibre, we wish each of the incredibly talented designers the best of luck and look forward to hearing who is selected for the programme.
From left to right: Lou Dalton & Richard Nicoll Fall 2014.