About Fashion Trust
|Mary Katrantzou AW13 at London fashion week
The BFC Fashion Trust was founded in February 2011 to create a global mentoring programme to support the growth of British fashion designer businesses into global fashion brands.
The BFC Fashion Trust has three key objectives:
1. To provide new establishment designers with access to a tailored mentoring programme which includes a global network of advisors for the designers to engage with to support in building business knowledge, business development and growth worldwide.
2. Provide designers with access to monetary support for four key areas for business development: Legal including Intellectual Property, trade marking and business contracts; brand development, range planning, positioning and pricing; HR and business strategy.
3. Designers will be invited to a series of networking events, seminars, a yearly conference and 1:1 workshops focusing on areas such as investment, retail planning, business management and digital innovation.
This initiative will sit alongside the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and will form part of the BFC’s designer support pathway, which includes NEWGEN sponsored by TOPSHOP, NEWGEN MEN and Fashion Forward sponsored by eBay and supported by the Mayor of London.
The BFC Fashion Trust will invite those shortlisted by The Fund to be part of this scheme and aims to support the BFC’s new strategic pillars for growth; business and investment.
Designers who have already been supported by the BFC Fashion Trust include Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Osman, Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda Ilincic and Todd Lynn.
The BFC Fashion Trust is funded by private donors, and is supported by professional individuals and businesses with mentoring, advice and insight, including Taylor Wessing., specialising in copyright and IP law, global investment firm Rothschild and The Future Laboratory, which delivers trend forecasting, consumer insight and brand strategy to the luxury and fashion sectors.
For more information please contact:
British Fashion Council
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7759 1995