Nicholas Daley, Founder of Nicholas Daley, is the winner of the 2022 BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund. Daley will receive a 12-month bespoke high-level business mentoring programme, pro-bono legal services from Sheridans and a £150,000 cash prize.
This year’s shortlist included clothsurgeon, LYPH and Olubiyi Thomas who all had the opportunity to participate in a mentoring programme through the BFC’s Designer Initiatives team, with access to funders, industry experts, and pro-bono legal services from Sheridans. The BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund is generously supported by Clearpay.
Chaired by Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council and Adam Baidawi, Head of Editorial Content, British GQ & Deputy Global Editorial Director, GQ, the judging committee was made up of representatives from businesses who support the Fund and industry experts including Damien Paul, Head of Menswear Buying, MatchesFashion.com; Laurent Malecaze, CEO, Dunhill; Laura Yeomans, Market Development Director, Clearpay UK; Leah Abbott, Stylist; Samuel Ross, 2019 Winner of the BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund and Founder, A-COLD-WALL*; Tan France, Fashion Designer, TV Personality and Author; Teo van den Broeke, Style & Grooming Director, British GQ; Yinka Ilori, Multidisciplinary Artist.
Previous winners of the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund include Ahluwalia (2021), A-COLD-WALL* (2019), Craig Green (2016), E Tautz (2015) and Christopher Shannon (2014).