The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced the 10 British menswear designers who will receive Newgen Men, a support program sponsored by Topman. All recipients will receive sponsorship and support to showcase their F/W14 collections at London Collections: Men from January 6-8, 2014.
The recipients for F/W14 are: Agi & Sam; Astrid Andersen; Common (new); Diego Vanassibara (new) Kit Neale (new); Lee Roach; Martine Rose; Matthew Miller; Nasir Mazhar and Shaun Samson. This is the highest number of designers to receive support in one season since the initiative launched in 2009. Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council, commented “Welcoming three new designers to the scheme this season, each of whom bring a very different aesthetic to the Newgen Men line-up, is testament to the strength and diversity of the emerging menswear talent in the industry.”
The designers will benefit from tailored business and mentoring support with a view to increasing the success of their business commercially and building relationships with key press and buyers. The British Fashion Council is working with DLA Piper to provide legal and commercial advice to the selected designers.
Newgen Men was started in September 2009 and has supported designers including Christopher Shannon, James Long, J.W. Anderson and Sibling. The Newgen Men committee currently comprises: Caroline Rush (Chair), British Fashion Council; Catherine Hayward, Esquire; Damian Paul, Matchesfashion.com; Darren Skey, Harvey Nichols; David Watts, BFC; Gordon Richardson, Topman; Jason Griffiths, Topman; Laura Hinson, BFC; Robert Johnston, GQ; Sam Lobban, Mr Porter; Tim Blanks, Style.com.