PARIS — Pigalle Paris has scooped up the 2015 ANDAM Fashion Award, which comes with an endowment of 250,000 euros, or $276,788 at current exchange, enabling its designer Stéphane Ashpool to grow his brand, launched in 2009.
The winner will receive a year’s worth of mentoring from Bruno Pavlovsky, president of global fashion at Chanel, who is to give advice on matters involving financial, legal, marketing, communications and production issues.
The prize also includes an exclusive collaboration with online retailer thecorner.com, plus 10,000 euros, or $11,071, worth of crystals from Swarovski.
Other finalists in the category included Anrealage, Umit Benan, Pallas Paris and Vêtements.
ANDAM’s First Collection prize — valued at 90,000 euros, or $99,643 — went to Léa Peckre, who won against Étienne Deroeux, Gauchère and Journé. The victor will also receive commercial and strategic mentorship from the Tomorrow showroom, as well as an exclusive space in Galeries Lafayette’s flagship in Paris to present two collections. Financial support for their production is part of the deal.
Charlotte Chesnais, meanwhile, went home with the competition’s inaugural Accessories prize, which comes with a cash endowment of 30,000 euros, or $33,214. She will be mentored by Nadja Swarovski, a member of Swarovski’s executive board, for one year. Also nominated were Hugo Matha and Annelise Michelson.
Past winners of ANDAM, the French acronym for the National Association for the Development of the Fashion Arts, include Julien David, Alexandre Mattiussi of AMI and most recently Iris van Herpen.