The British Fashion Council is pleased to announce that the BFC Fashion Trust has awarded grants totalling £450,000 between eleven designers, the largest donation by the trust to date. Previous recipients who continue to receive funding this year are Eudon Choi, Fyodor Golan, Huishan Zhang, Marques’Almeida and Rejina Pyo. New recipients for 2017 are Edeline Lee, Georgia Hardinge, Isa Arfen, Osman, Sharon Wauchob and Teatum Jones.
The BFC Fashion Trust is a charitable initiative founded in February 2011 to offer selected designers with mentoring and financial support to promote the art and business of fashion. The BFC Fashion Trust also works with designers and university course-leaders to provide BA and MA graduates with 12-month paid placements. The philanthropic programme is developed in partnership with its Co-chairs Tania Fares and Sian Westerman, and the BFC Fashion Trust Advisory Committee.
As part of the structured mentoring programme designers benefit from legal advice from Taylor Wessing. Livia Firth and her team at Eco-Age will be mentoring the designers on sustainability and industry best practice.
Since its inception in 2011 the BFC Fashion Trust has awarded over £1.5m to 33 designer businesses who have used funds to develop stores, for website and e-commerce, and also in the production of pre collections.
Tania Fares and Sian Westerman said: “Supporting the development of such a strong group of designer businesses reflects our core aim at the BFC Fashion Trust, it is the most rewarding part of the initiative. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved so far and look forward to continue nurturing the incredible pool of talented designers in the UK.”
Caroline Rush CBE, CEO British Fashion Council, commented: “The generosity of the BFC Fashion Trust supporters is always remarkable, and I am delighted that we are able to support these ten deserving designers for the year ahead. By providing financial as well as mentoring support in key areas the BFC Fashion Trust continues to help secure the future stability of these brands, and so enables their continued creativity.”
The BFC Fashion Trust is part of a group of BFC business support initiatives and charities aimed at supporting British designers and businesses from school level to emerging talent and future fashion start-ups through to new establishment and global brands.