February Update: Design Entrepreneurs in the News

 

Chromat in Vogue

via Vogue

It’s just the beginning of 2014 and our alumni have been up to great things.  Here’s our roundup of designers in news:

1. Becca McCharren of Chromat was featured in Vogue for her fall/winter 2014 collection that made its debut at Made Fashion Week. She was also interviewed for the NYCEDC blog and talked about her DENYC experience.

2. Dominic Louis was featured in WWD for their fall/winter 2014 New York Fashion Week show. The review said, “The designer’s postapocalyptic aesthetic was infused with sophistication for fall.”

3. Mirame’s swimsuit lands in Westchester magazine just in time for spring.

4. Wild magazine reviewed the Titania Inglis fall/winter 2014 collection and described it as ”coming together to create a cool equilibrium.”

5. Jacqueline Stone of Salt + Stone went on air to talk with BBox radio about dating, proposals and jewelry.

 

Class of 2013 Design Entrepreneurs NYC Ends With Chromat and Ken Wroy Winning the Cash Prizes

Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Vasumathi Soundararajan, Becca McCharen, Jeanette Nostra

This summer, 37 New York-based fashion designers embarked on a fashion journey when they were selected to participate in Design Entrepreneurs NYC, a free “mini-mba” program that was developed by FIT and the NYCEDC and now in its second year.

Their curriculum was intensive and comprehensive. Designers were required to take three weekend seminar classes that focused on everything from marketing, operations and financials from industry professionals. Designer Richard Chai spoke to the group about his fashion track and the realities he faced in the business while growing his brand. They also had access to FIT resources and could take additional courses such as Excel for fashion designers, costing, social media and presentation tips.

The program paired each designer with a mentor to help them work through their business plan and support them along the way.

It culminated with a showcase and pitch night where 16 pre-seleceted designers had the opportunity to present their business plans to a panel of senior executives to get feedback and share their strategy for growth. The group was narrowed down to four brands including: Kai D, a Brooklyn-based menswear label and Kallio, a sustainable childrenswear company. At the end of the evening, Becca McCharen of Chromat, an architecturally inspired swimwear line which also creates caged pieces that have been worn by Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Madonna was awarded with a check for $25,000, a contribution given by G-III Apparel Group.

Vasumathi Soundararajan, an FIT alumni and the Chief Underwearist of a menswear label called Ken Wroy, which is an anagram of New York received the second-place prize of $10,000 also from G-IIII.

For both women, Design Entrepreneurs NYC was their opportunity to put pen to paper and create a road map for their brand. Becca told us, “This was an amazing opportunity especially as a designer without a business background. The program shed light on so many things and gave me a chance to sit down and work on my plan.”
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Design Entrepreneurs in the News: Kallio, Stevie Mac, Chromat, Elizabeth Kosich New York and Love is Mighty

Our design entrepreneurs have been featured on covers, Oprah, and gotten approval from the hottest fashion magazines out there. Here are five brands that have been in the news:

Elizabeth Kosich Cover Photo

Elizabeth Kosich in Dallas Cowboys Star

Elizabeth Kosich New York makes the cover of the Dallas Cowboys Star for their swimsuit issue.

Stevie Mac

Oprah wears Stevie Mac

Stevie Mac is on a roll! Oprah has worn his dresses several times this year and she looks fantastic in this one.

Nylon Features Chromat

Chromat featured in Nylon

Another great press feature for Becca McCharen of Chromat for her show at Miami Fashion Week.

Kallio featured in Vogue Bambini

 Kallio makes Vogue Bambini with their adorable children’s pieces.

Love is Mighty featured on Layne Randolph blog

Monisha Raja of Love is Mighty is featured on Layne Randolph’s blog discussing fashion and the law.

Design Entrepreneurs in the News: Chromat, Stevie Mac, Ilana Kohn and Yana Handbags

Check out our design entrepreneurs in the news! From covers to coveted fashion sites, our designers are being recognized for their great work and talent.

Chromat's and Racked's Young Guns

Becca McCharen of Chromat

Becca McCharen of Chromat is a semi-finalist for Racked’s Young Guns contest.

Design Entrepreneur Illana Kohn featured in Daily Candy

Ilana Kohn in Daily Candy

Ilana Kohn is featured in Daily Candy for their 25 Dresses for a Summer Fling story. 

Yana handbags featured In Her Shoes blog

Ayana Evans of Yana Handbags is featured in In Her Shoe blog for being one of 5 independent handbag designers you should know.

Oprah wearing Stevie Mac

Oprah wears Stevie Mac’s dress on the June cover of Essence.