IN TRUST: The British Fashion Council named the latest recipients of its financial and mentoring support program, the BFC Fashion Trust. Grants totaling 215,000 pounds, or $343,551 at current exchange, will be split among eight London labels: Emilia Wickstead, House of Holland, Mary Katrantzou, Michael Van Der Ham, Osman, Richard Nicoll, Todd Lynn and Zoe Jordan.
Founded in 2011, the Fashion Trust is a BFC initiative offering designers mentoring and financial help. The chosen designers gain access to a network of advisors, mentors and businesses, and participate in a range of seminars throughout the year on topics linked to their work.
Previous recipients include Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Osman, Peter Pilotto, Nicoll, Roksanda Ilincic, Van Der Ham and Lynn.
Ilincic said: “The support of the BFC Fashion Trust came at a crucial time for us. We were focusing on the business and commercial aspects of the company, and the opening of our first store, when the trust introduced me and my team to talented mentors and advisors. The platform they have created with access to extremely influential people in the industry is invaluable for growing British designers like me.”
Members include Felicia Brocklebank, Leon Max, Megha Mittal, Natalie Livingstone, Nicoletta Fiorucci, Sue Whiteley and Terry de Gunzburg. Jessica de Rothschild, who is based in Los Angeles, and Yana Peel in Hong Kong have also put together networks of individuals interested in supporting British designers.