NEW YORK — Becca McCharen, whose company Chromat designs architecturally inspired swimsuits, took first place in the second Design Entrepreneurs NYC, a free, intensive “mini-MBA” program that teaches emerging New York City-based fashion designers how to operate a successful label. The program is run by the Fashion Institute of Technology and sponsored by New York City Economic Development Corp. McCharen will receive $25,000 to implement her business plan.
The second-place winner, Vasumathi Soundararajan, whose company Ken Wroy Inc., designs men’s underwear, will receive $10,000. Funding for both awards is provided by a financial contribution from G-III Apparel Group.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"