Footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood has received this year’s British Fashion Council and Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
Kirkwood impressed judges with the three year business plan presented by him and his business partner Christopher Suarez at interview. He saw off competition from Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto and Emilia Wickstead to win the award.
Alexandra Shulman, Editor British Vogue added: “I am delighted Nicholas Kirkwood is the winner of this year’s award. Nicholas has created a real business in an impressively short amount of time and has become one of the world’s most influential shoe designers.”
The award, now in its fourth year, includes £20,000 and access to key senior level mentors in the fashion sector.
The BFC will also develop a bespoke mentoring programme to assist Kirkwood to achieve his business goals for the next 18 months.
All of the shortlisted entrants will be invited to participate in the Fashion Trust mentoring programme over the next 24 months.
BFC chief executive Caroline Rush said: “The calibre of applications in the shortlist were second to none, all of the designers proved that they are at a very crucial stage in their business when the fund could deliver a real opportunity to accelerate growth.”
Kirkwood launched his first collection in spring 2005 and current stockists include 10 Corso Como in Milan, Barneys in New York and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and has recently opened two flagship stores in London and New York.