The British Fashion Council has just announced the shortlist for the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund supported by Vertu. The five designers are Christopher Raeburn, Christopher Shannon, E. Tautz, Lou Dalton and Richard Nicoll.
Editor of GQ and chair of London Collections: Men, Dylan Jones said of the lineup, “The shortlisted designers are testament to the extraordinary array of talent in the menswear industry in Britain right now. The current generation of British menswear designers might be the best ever, as they not only have creativity in abundance, but also a keen business sense.”
The shortlisted designers were deemed by the judging panel to be in a strong enough position to develop as global brands and ready for the level of support the fund offers. For the next two months, all five will participate in a mentoring programme developed by the BFC, including guidance on branding, leadership, commercial retail, e-tail and wholesale and digital innovation.
Chief Executive of the BFC Caroline Rush said of the announcement, “We’re delighted to extend this level of business support to five truly deserving menswear talents. After reviewing their business plans, it was clear each of these designers are at an accomplished stage of their business and will really benefit from the mentoring sessions. We look forward to working with the designers over the coming months to help them to drive their businesses forward.”