Next month Nordstrom will open CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund pop-up shops in 6 locations around the country featuring a selection of merchandise from each of the top 10 finalists. The shops are designed to give emerging designers exposure to a broader audience via an in-store presence. Locations of the pop shops will include Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and New York (available at Nordstom-owned Treasure & Bond). Nordstrom has helped support the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund initiative since 2006. Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom's EVP of Designer is a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Selection Committee member.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has awarded $2.8 million to 21 design companies since it's inception in 2003. The funds are intended to help emerging designers develop various areas of their business including production, sales, marketing and public relations. Greg Chait of the Elder Statesman was awarded the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion fund prize. Here's a quick overview of the finalists:
Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C. (Pictured above: Outfit from Spring 2013 Collection)
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Greg Armas of Assembly New York (Pictured above: Outfit from the Spring 2013 Collection)
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Sofia Sizzi of Giulietta (Pictured: Outfit from the Spring 2013 Collection)
Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman, Alina Silberman of illesteva (The designers are pictured above)
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Jennifer Fisher of Jennifer Fisher Jewelry (Pictured above: Model wearing pieces from the Jennifer Fisher Jewelry line)
On Twitter @JFisherJewelry
Jennifer Meyer Maguire of Jennifer Meyer (The designer is pictured above)
*Jennifer was one of the 2012 Runners-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. She received a prize of $100,000 to invest in her business and will also receive a year's worth of mentorship by a fashion industry veteran to help develop her business.
Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of Suno (Pictured above: Outfit from the Resort Collection)
On Twitter @SunoNY
Tabitha Simmons (The designer is pictured above)
On Twitter @TabithaSimmons_
*Tabitha was one of the 2012 Runners-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. She received a prize of $100,000 and will receive a year of mentorship by a fashion industry veteran to help grow her line.
Greg Chait of the Elder Statesman (The designer is pictured above)
* Greg was chosen as the 2012 winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and was awarded $300,000 to invest in his label. He will also receive mentorship from a fashion industry veteran for the next year as he continues to grow his line and take his label to the next level.
Wes Gordon (Pictured above: Outfit from the Spring 2013 Collection)
On Twitter @Wes_Gordon