British fashion designers shortlisted for BFC/GQ Designer Men’s Wear Fund 2016


Written by Daniel James Parry

Lou Dalton Autumn/Winter 2016

Lou Dalton Autumn/Winter 2016

 

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ashion is always something that Britain has been known for – although not quite as star studded as the likes of pieces created by brands including Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana, the traditional tailoring venturing to every corner of the globe from the heart of Savile Row, London is something that’s appreciated all over the world.

Today, the path of British fashion has been paved by the likes of Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood to name just two giants in the industry.

 

Sibling Autumn/Winter 2016


Sibling Autumn/Winter 2016

 

It was recently announced that the British Fashion Council, who are devoted to developing excellence and growth in an industry that plays a significant role in the Brish economy, have shortlisted British fashion designers Christopher Raeburn, Lou Dalton, Astrid Andersen, Craig Green and Sibling for the BFC/GQ Designer Men’s Wear Fund 2016, a prize focused on brands which have been trading for over two years both in the UK and across the world.

 

Craig Green0

Craig Green Autumn/Winter 2015

Chief executive of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush commented, “As the men’s wear industry continues to grow in size and reputation this year’s shortlist shows the diversity and the talent of London’s men’s wear designers. As well as sheer creativity, these designers also have impressive business strategies and the potential to be Britain’s next big menswear brands.”

 

Christopher Raeburn Spring/Summer 2015


Christopher Raeburn Spring/Summer 2015

 

These nominees will participate in a two week mentoring program which helps the brands grow and shape various aspects necessary to thrive in the fashion industry, including branding, leadership, commercial retail, e-tail, wholesale and digital innovation. Sponsoring the campaign are British handmade luxury mobile phone company Vertu, who are offering insights at the Interchange Camden in London.

 

astrid andersen Autumn/Winter 2016

Astrid Andersen Autumn/Winter 2016

 

These shortlisted designers will produce a business plan to be put before a judging panel, with the winner receiving mentoring support accompanied by a grant of £150,000 towards their business, and £50,000 worth of services. The winner will be announced on May 18th.