NEW YORK — Concept Management Group — a New York-based company that seeks to help young designers get noticed in the competitive fashion, design and art worlds — is holding its third Young Designers Showcase, which begins today and runs through Saturday. The showcase is being held here at The Artist Network, 424 Broadway, and features work from about 33 artists and designers specializing in fashion, jewelry, fine art, photography, furniture and film.
South African-born video producer and former investment banker Brad Gishen founded CMG in April to boost young designers — young referring to the amount of business experience one has, Gishen said, rather than age.
While many participants may be green when it comes to running their own business, some designers are well-versed in the fashion industry. Betsey Johnson head designer Pamela Thompson is using the showcase to launch a self-named line of Lucite purses decorated with rhinestones, jewelry and found objects. Victoria Petitt, currently an assistant to hat designer Lola Ehrlich, is further promoting her own hat line, which will make its retail debut at Bergdorf Goodman next month.