The 2013 class of young designers selected for the Design Entrepreneurs NYC program was announced this week. The program, now in its second year, was created by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to offer what they call a “free, intensive ‘mini-MBA’ program that teaches emerging fashion designers how to run a successful label.”
“Fashion in New York City is a $98 billion industry, spurred in large part by the success and growth of small businesses,” said NYCEDC’s Kyle Kimball. “Design Entrepreneurs NYC will help cultivate the next generation of fashion designers and businesses, allowing New York City to continue to thrive and remain the world’s fashion capital.”
G-III Apparel Group, a major sponsor of this year’s program, hosted a reception for the new class last night at its Seventh Avenue offices. G-III has matched the NYCEDC’s funding for the program and G-III president Jeanette Nostra will serve as FIT’s executive-in-residence for the program.
“We are particularly grateful to our partner G-III for enhancing this year’s program with a generous gift,” commented FIT president Dr. Joyce Brown. “DENYC gives our city’s creative talent the tools that will allow them to flourish and helps to ensure that New York City remains the fashion capital of the world.”
Thirty-five designers were chosen for the program from a pool of nearly 200. Applications came in from around the world and the designers’ specialties included men’s and women’s wear, children’s apparel, accessories, footwear, jewelry and bridal apparel.
Of the 35 designers in this year’s program, three focus on menswear: Kai D. Fan of the brand Kai D.; Max Gross of Proper Gang; and Vasumathi Soundararajan of Salt + Stone underwear. Anthony Thomas of KNO Clothing, Zolaykha Sherzad of Zarif Design and Louis Mairone of Dominic Louis each do both men’s and women’s wear. A full list of the designers and their websites is on the Design Entrepreneurs NYC website.
Design Entrepreneurs NYC is one of six programs launched by New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s Fashion.NYC.2020 initiative.