Emerging Designer Program 2014
Each year the Phoenix Fashion Week team travels to (8) cities to find the best emerging designers to apply for our 4-month apparel boot camp. Phoenix Fashion Week has welcomed talented emerging designers from all over the United States and Mexico. These handpicked (12) designers have the opportunity to strengthen their business skills, as well as grow their brand by competing in various challenges presented to them over the (4) months leading up to fashion week. The winner of the Emerging Designer Contest is officially announced on the closing night of fashion week and receives a prize package valued at over $10,000 of goods and services (underline and bold goods and services) to assist them in successfully launching their brand.
“Winning Phoenix fashion week was a huge honor. The team was incredibly supportive and focused on raising the level of all of the brands to find great successes. I gained immense knowledge about the inner workings of the industry that have helped me transition into an established brand. We are so excited to launch on the largest online retailer (zappos.com) in April! This is THE opportunity that Bri Seeley has been working towards – thanks entirely to Phoenix Fashion Week!” -Bri Seeley, 2012 Winner
“It’s nice to see that the emerging designer contest is about real world fashion and business. Branding, costing, marketing and sales are crucial in being able to support and grow a business and it’s nice to see an organization focus on that as opposed to couture outfits that are pretty but impossible to reproduce.” – Anna Friss, Blue Bird Denim 2011 Winner