Established in 2013, the BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund aims to celebrate exceptional talent and empower businesses to play their part in positive growth through bespoke high-level business mentoring and professional services and awarding of a cash prize.
The BFC recognises the value of positive growth, talent and excellence in design. Part of the vision around how to reset the industry includes understanding the breadth of fashion business models, with this in mind the criteria for this fund has been updated to reflect excellence in talent and positive development within businesses.
The shortlisted designers for the 2022 BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund were:
clothsurgeon I LYPH I Nicholas Daley I Olubiyi Thomas
Since its inception, winners of the BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund include Ahluwalia (2021), A-COLD-WALL* (2019), Craig Green (2016), E Tautz (2015) and Christopher Shannon (2014).
The BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund is part of the BFC Foundation (Registered Charity Number: 1185152) which brings all of the BFC’s charitable initiatives under one umbrella supporting the future growth and success of the British fashion industry by focusing on three areas: Education, Grant-Giving & Business Mentoring and Institute of Positive Fashion. With thanks to Sheridans for their pro-bono legal services, and the BFC Fashion Business Network and one-to-one mentors.
Clearpay will support the BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund as Official Partner. With payment processes integral to supporting growth for designer businesses, BFC and Clearpay will align to drive the fashion and retail industry forward in 2022.