Department store operator Macy's is offering apparel and accessories designers, who are not yet Macy's vendors, the opportunity to introduce their work to the Macy's Fashion Office. Designers, who must be at least 18 years old and be able to use EDI-compliant manufacturing facilities, will be invited to apply online beginning today through Jan. 31 at The open call will be held on Feb. 25 and 26 at Macy's Herald Square in New York City.

The Fashion Office is looking for designers whose creations will enhance Macy's fashion assortments and bring innovative fashion to customers.

In addition to giving designers a chance to promote their work to Macy's fashion directors, buyers and merchandisers, the open call will also afford each designer with a private review from Macy's fashion directors of the designer's work, which will be evaluated on the basis of quality/value, styling/trend and fit/lifestyle.

"With more than 150 years of leadership in the fashion industry, Macy's is continuing to invest in new endeavors that focus on inspiring our customer," said Nicole Fischelis, Macy's GVP Fashion Director. "The Macy's Open Call program confirms our commitment to featuring the latest trends by finding up-and-coming talent who can offer us product and design perspectives that are fresh and original."

Designers are also being asked to submit information with respect to their work in the following product categories of women's apparel, men's apparel, shoes, handbags, fashion accessories, jewelry and beauty, with the intent of their work being sold under their individual brands and not as a Macy's private brand.

—Tim Yap