The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Lexus have named 10 finalists for the inaugural CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative.
They are Brother Vellies, Dezso by Sara Beltran, Erin Snow, K/LLER Collection, Nicholas K, Prabal Gurung, SVILU, TOME, WWAKE and Zero + Maria Cornejo.
The 10 brands have been selected to participate in a 17-month virtual residency program from next month to March 2017. During that time, they will engage in a series of workshops, field visits and mentorship opportunities. The program will focus on the environmental, social and financial challenges facing the industry today, with the goal to problem-solve through new materials, processes and systems. These include responsible sourcing, ethical manufacturing, supply chain transparency and scalable business strategies.
The initiative aims to create meaningful change within American fashion, elevating the level and percentage of sustainability within apparel, jewelry and accessory design businesses.
At the end of the program, three brands that have significantly evolved their companies’ practices to a higher standard of sustainability and social responsibility will be awarded $150,000, and two runner-ups will each be awarded $50,000.