Show Me The Money
2015 BFC/ GQ Designer Menswear Fund shortlist announced
Key designers in the running for a cash injection courtesy of the 2015 BFC/ GQ Designer Menswear Fund were finally revealed. Those that made the cut are: Astrid Anderson, Christopher Raeburn, Matthew Miller, Sibling and Toni&Guy collaborator, E Tautz (with Patrick Grant at the helm). The BFC/ GQ Designer Menswear Fund is in its second year, with Christopher Shannon scooping the coveted accolade in 2014 that enabled his business to go from strength to strength.
All five of the shortlisted candidates will enrol in a mentoring programme where they’ll receive guidance from the best in the business on areas such as branding, leadership, commercial retail and digital innovation. Then, in June 2015, they will pitch their business plan to the judging panel who will decide who will receive the £150,000 grant to help propel their brand into a global business, in addition to £50,000 value-in-kind services.
Speaking on the topic of the Menswear Fund, GQ Editor and chair of London Collections Men Dylan Jones, explains
The opportunities surrounding menswear are still underexploited, which is why we at GQ thought it was so important to launch this menswear fund”.
While Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council added
“The standard of applications this season was extremely high. We look forward to working with the designers over the coming months and helping them to further develop their brands”.
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Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, Global Creative Director of Toni&Guy voiced her support for friend and fashion week collaborator, Patrick Grant
"Patrick is an incredible talent. He has made tremendous progress at the helm of E Tautz and would be a very deserving winner of the menswear fund - we wish him the very best of luck"