BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL Awards Grants to Twelve Designers
BY KENNETH RICHARD
The British Fashion Council continues to show support for their design community and this week awarded grants via the BFC Fashion Trust totalling £350,000 (~$515,000 US) between a dozen designers: Eudon Choi, Fyodor Golan, Gareth Pugh, Hillier Bartley, Holly Fulton, Huishan Zhang, Marques’Almeida, palmer/harding, Phoebe English, Prism, Rejina Pyo, and Sibling.
Founded in 2011 the BFC Fashion Trust offers select designers business support through mentoring and financial awards to promote fashion. This year Farfetch became the first official partner of the Fashion Trust to aid in their mission. The philanthropic program was developed in partnership with its co-chairs Tania Fares and Kim Hersov, along with the Fashion Trust Committee.
Once again we are delighted to support these talented designers for the year ahead. British fashion is globally recognized for its energy and originality, which is why supporting the industry at grass roots is as vital as ever. These designers represent the future of the British fashion industry and we hope the Fashion Trust will further advance their position as global brands of the future.
That support was echoed by Farfetch José Neves, CEO who added, “We recognize how important it is to be supporting and nurturing design talent throughout the growth of their brand and hope that our team of experts advising on digital, e-commerce, and global market expansion will prove invaluable to the development of each of them.”
“We are thrilled to be able to support these twelve designers through the BFC Fashion Trust this year,” added Caroline Rush CBE, CEO British Fashion Council, “The generous support of the BFC Fashion Trust members and Farfetch continues to help in the development of these brands and we are extremely excited to see how this initiative further enables their creativity and growth.“
That growth comes from a groundswell of public relations support that the BFC helps the designers garnish, as well as the guidance to use funds to develop stores, website/e-commerce and also in the production of pre-collections. The idea of Farfetch offering sage council, as well as funds, is a prudent one to help designers expand their vision into both digital and retail terrain beyond U.K. boarders. The Impression offers our appreciation to the BFC & Farfetch and congratulations to Fato Eudon Choi, Fyodor Golan, Gareth Pugh, Hillier Bartley, Holly Fulton, Huishan Zhang, Marques’Almeida, palmer/harding, Phoebe English, Prism, Rejina Pyo, and Sibling.