PARIS — Eyes on Talents, a digital platform here that connects creative types and brands, is turning its gaze to America.
In a partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, it will welcome 54 top design graduates to its online talent pool, showcasing them on a dedicated section of its Web site.
The graduates all bear the CFDA+ distinction, created in 2013 to identify the best recent graduates of fashion programs at 16 schools, including Fashion Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Cincinnati and Marist College. International schools represented include Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel and University for the Creative Arts Epsom in the U.K.
Cofounded in 2013 by Paris-based executive search specialist Floriane de Saint Pierre, Eyes on Talent showcases fashion and accessories designers, photographers, architects, graphic designers and industrial talents.
The site is by invitation for designers and by subscription for brands. So far it has assembled the portfolios of more than 9,000 designers, an aggregate of contest finalists, recommendations from top design schools and a selection culled from the media and self-nominations by an in-house committee.
The digital platform is meant to allow companies to do what is physically and economically unfeasible: flying around the globe meeting designers. Eyes on Talents also hands out awards annually.
Sara Kozlowski, the CFDA’s director of education and professional development, said the exposure on the Eyes on Talent site would aid graduates in their “transition from education to industry.”