The CFDA Fashion Incubator, announced last year in partnership with New York City's Mayor Bloomberg, has its first group of 12 designers for the Tents of Fashion Week.
The inaugural batch of designers are Alice Ritter, Bibhu Mohapatra, Prabal Gurung, Grey Ant's Grant Krajecki, Gemma Redux's Rachel Dooley, House of Waris's Waris Ahluwalia, Jolibe's Joel Diaz, Lewis's Alison Lewis, Public School's Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne, Ruby Kobo's Yuvi Alpert and Danna Kobo, Subversive Jewelry's Justin Giunta, and last year's CFDA/Vogue Fund recipient Sophie Theallet.
“The CFDA Fashion Incubator is a natural extension of what our organization already does to support emerging design talent,” said Lisa Smilor, CFDA associate executive director. “We are thrilled to welcome this illustrious group of designers into the program, and are most appreciative for the support and involvement of our esteemed industry colleagues.”
The designers received each a two-year lease on design studio spaces ranging from 800 to 1,000 square feet in Manhattan. To earn a spot, the designers had to submit a business plan, show they had "substantive editorial coverage" and orders from high-end retailers, business for over a 18 months and have a supporting staff.
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