Established in September 2013, the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund, supported by Vertu, provides a British-based menswear designer with financial support and access to high-level business mentoring and professional services. The Fund supports fledgling UK businesses with international reach who have graduated through the existing British Fashion Council talent support schemes or are at a similar stage of development.
"We thought it was about time that the menswear industry had its own fund […] there are now more exciting menswear designers in Britain than ever before." – Dylan Jones OBE, Editor-in-Chief of GQ Magazine and Chair of London Collections: Men
Each year, a judging panel of industry experts selects a long list from the applicants to attend an interview after which up to eight businesses will be shortlisted, based on their contribution to the reputation of the British fashion industry creatively, commercial achievements to date and their three-year plan which should include infrastructure and employment opportunities to support growth. As an emerging and innovative brand in British menswear, Christopher RÆBURN has been nominated for the fund. With a brand new premises in the heart of Hackney, east London and some very exciting upcoming collaborations and projects, director Christopher Ræburn knows what a great opportunity this is.
“It’s an honour to be nominated and provides huge potential for us to continue moving forward as a progressive British brand. We want to educate people on how and why we make things the way we do, the thinking behind it, the values of our approach and how we work, to bring them directly into our creative world. We want to make a difference.”
The first round of presentations takes place on Wednesday 18th May. More updates on the project coming soon
Visit the British Fashion Council site for further details