The British Fashion Council has unveiled the recipients of its inaugural BFC Foundation Fashion Fund, established to support fashion businesses and independent designers affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Bianca Saunders, Ahluwalia and the 2020 Woolmark Prize winner Richard Malone are among 37 British labels set to receive financial and mentoring support from the BFC’s new program, along with Bethany Williams, Phoebe English and Richard Quinn, all of whom have been making masks and gowns for the NHS during the pandemic.
A portion of the £1million emergency fund will also be allocated to students, to support the next generation of British design talent.
The sum has been pooled together from a selection of BFC talent grants that would ordinarily have been awarded separately to designers in the early stages of their business, or applicants seeking assistance with growth and promotion.
Those chosen will be entitled to a cash injection up to a maximum of £50,000, and get access to the BFC’s Fashion Business Network, which includes Eco-Age, Farfetch, Google, Instagram, LVMH and YouTube among many more.