The shortlist for the BFC/GQ designer menswear fund, supported by Vertu, was announced this morning by the Brithish Fashion Council.
The five shortlist’s are some of the most talked about in the UK and include Christopher Raeburn, Christopher Shanon, 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.
Each of the selected designers were shortlisted because their label was in a ‘strong position to develop into a global designer brand’ and ready for the level of support the fund offers. The shortlisted designers will participate in a mentoring program developed by the BFC over the next month, where industry experts will provide guidance on topics including branding, leadership, commercial retail, e-tail and wholesale digital innovation.
We’re delighted to extend this level of business support to five truly deserving menswear talents. After reviewing their business plans, it was clear each of these designers are at an accomplished stage of their business and will really benefit from the mentoring sessions. We look forward to working with the designers over the coming months to help them to drive their businesses forward.
Lead partner Vertu will play a key role in the mentoring program and will give access to it’s team of business leaders in technology, global distribution, legal and finance.