NEWGEN is a BFC initiative that supports the very best emerging talent and aims to build global, high end fashion brands of the future. It is the most established designer development scheme globally and designers are identified by their creativity, strong design aesthetic and point of difference.
NEWGEN offers designers financial support, showcasing opportunities and mentoring to develop critical business skills to future proof their businesses. The BFC, with support from the NEWGEN committee led by Sarah Mower MBE, delivers individual mentoring and business training sessions to assist the designers as they develop their business infrastructure and skills.
NEWGEN now encompasses accessories (including all categories such as shoes, bags, hats, jewellery & fine jewellery).
In 2019/20 NEWGEN recipients were; ASAI, A-COLD-WALL*, Ahluwalia, Alighieri, ART SCHOOL, Bethany Williams (pictured) who went to receive the QEII design award), Bianca Saunders, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, Halpern, ISOSCELES Lingerie, Matty Bovan, Nicholas Daley, paria /FARZANEH, Per Götesson, Richard Malone, Richard Quinn, Roker, Stefan Cooke, Supriya Lele & NEWGEN ONE TO WATCH; Eftychia.
For 2019/20 BFC welcomed TiKTok as Principal Partner of BFC NEWGEN. As well as mentoring and financial support, TikTok will create a bespoke programme of activity for all NEWGEN recipients. Clearpay also supported NEWGEN as Official Partner.
Image source: BFC website.