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New designers added to BFC grant scheme

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has added three new designers to its grant scheme for 2018, bringing the total number receiving grants and mentoring to eight.

megha mittal  teija eilola  marta marques  lisa jackson  tania fares  sian westerman matthew harding  paulo almeida  sofia prantera  nabil nayal (darren gerrish, bfc)

Source: Darren Gerrish, BFC

British Fashion Trust Tania Fares and Sian Westerman with the latest grant recipients

The council has added Aries, Nabil Nayal and Teija to its list of recipients, who have been awarded £380,000 in grants between them via the council’s British Fashion Trust initiative.

The five designers who continue to recieve funding this year are Marques Almeida, Mother of Pearl, Palmer Harding, Rejina Pyo and Sharon Wauchob.

Grants are issued to designers who have been recognised for their effort and development in areas around ecommerce, sustainability, production and wholesale expansion.

Founded in 2011, the Trust offers selected British designers mentoring and financial support to promote the art and business of fashion.

The philanthropic programme is developed in partnership with co-chairs Tania Fares and Sian Westerman, along with the BFC, and the Fashion Trust Advisory Committee.

Fares and Westerman said: “We believe it’s important that London stays the most creative place for fashion and the support we are able to offer from the Fashion Trust is a truly unique opportunity.”

Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, said: “London is a city that has a special reputation for producing some of the fashion industry’s brightest new talents.

”Thanks to the Fashion Trust and their partners’ generous support and mentoring, the 2018 grant recipients are given the opportunity to become the creative leaders of tomorrow while reinforcing he UK’s reputation for fashion businesses.”


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