Winners of the Inaugural Société Fashion Accelerator Program Announced

20th July 2017

There is a lot of (fashion-based) excitement coming out of Budapest, and it’s all due to Société Fashion, the ground-breaking new program that is elevating the next generation of design talent.

New York’s Bulletin in Soho played host to the first edition of Société Fashion’s Accelerator Program ­­– a scheme the supports up-and-coming fashion designers by offering a year-long prize package that includes networking opportunities, media coverage and business mentioning, with the goal of helping the designers thrive in the international marketplace.

Twelve designers were shortlisted and six designers were crowned the winners of the 2017 Société Fashion Accelerator Program  judged by committee of fashion professionals that are shaping fashion not just in New York, but around the world including Head of Société Fashion, Martyna Panczak; CFDA Vice President, Lisa Smilor; Publisher of the Daily Front Row, Mark Tevis; fashion photographer, Frederic Pinet; US Fashion Director of ORDRE, Stephanie Kirtley and President of Launchmetrics, Eddie Mullon.

The winners of the inaugural Société Fashion Accelerator Program are:
Kata Szegedi
Jiri Kalfar

Menswear brand, Grandpa is one for fans of British designer, Craig Green. Inspired by workwear, innovative materials are durable and raw, worked into minimal shapes by using traditional techniques of hand-knitting and crocheting. Part of the brand’s remit is that ‘every piece is made with the idea that man is simply fantastic’. The thick-waled corduroy jacket in burnt orange was a panel favourite.

Société Fashion came to London Fashion Week Men’s for the spring/summer 2018 season, where Head of Société Fashion, Martyna Panczak sat on a panel with MR PORTER’s managing director, Toby Bateman; menswear designer, Oliver Spencer and Thread’s head of business development, Terry Betts to discuss the impact of technology on the menswear market. The event was hosted by the Grooming Room in partnership with Société and The Industry and chaired by The Industry’s managing director, Lauretta Roberts.
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