It’s that time of year again, when three up and coming New Zealand fashion exporters are one step closer to following in the footsteps of labels such as, Stolen Girlfriends Club and twentysevennames to take out the highly coveted, DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship.
To enter, fashion designers from around New Zealand were invited to submit a design portfolio with their formal application to be judged by fashion and exporting industry leaders.
The competition was tougher than ever this year, as the scholarship introduced a sought after meeting with international luxury online retailer www.my-wardrobe.com to accompany the existing suite of prizes.
The star cast of judges that included iconic designer Margi Robertson of NOM*D and Plume, Max Fashions CEO John Kelly, DHL’s Megan Wildermoth and Fashion Industry New Zealand (FINZ) Chairman Paul Blomfield are pleased to announce the following:
The 2013 DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship finalists are (in alphabetical order):
• Blak (Tauranga)
Blak – Teresa Hodges
Jae Mills – Commoners
Claire Hammon and Greg Fromont – Meadowlark
The winner will be announced at 6.30pm on Tuesday 12 November, with the top prize package including international freight to the value of NZ$10,000 as well as a chance to meet with UK buyers from www.my-wardrobe.com.
The scholarship also includes coaching in freight and logistics from DHL Express, a tailored export mentoring package from Fashion Industry New Zealand (FINZ) and an annual FINZ membership.
New to the prize pool this year, the two finalists will receive freight from DHL Express to the value of $1,500 (runner up) and $500 (third place)