The British Fashion Council has awarded Aries, Nabil Nayal and Teija funding and mentoring via its charitable initiative, the BFC Fashion Trust.
The emerging fashion brands join previous recipients Marques’ Almeida, Mother of Pearl, Palmer Harding, Rejina Pyo and Sharon Wauchob, who will continue to receive support this year. The winners were announced during a cocktail event at the London home of Megha Mittal, founder patron of the BFC Fashion Trust, which was born in February 2011.
Each label was chosen “for their exceptional effort and development in the areas around e-commerce, sustainability, production and wholesale expansion,” according to the BFC. In addition to the monetary grant, they will receive legal advice from Taylor Wessing, digital training from Google, mentoring on sustainability and industry best practice from Livia Firth’s Eco-Age team, and access to international campaign partners HSBC and Revlon.
Since its inception, the BFC Fashion Trust has awarded more than £2 million to 42 designer businesses, including Erdem, House of Holland, JW Anderson, Mary Katrantzou and Roksanda. So far in 2018, it has awarded grants of £380,000 between the eight designers, WWD reports.
The news follows a series of announcements from the BFC, including the appointment of David Beckham as its ambassadorial president, Stephanie Phair as chair, and Molly Goddard as the winner of the 2018 BFC/VogueDesigner Fashion Fund.