Retail platform MatchesFashion, a fierce champion of young talent (they often team up with the likes of Stefan Cooke and Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY on exclusive capsules), is launching The Innovators Programme in September 2020 to support fashion's brightest menswear and womenswear designers. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many brands unsure of where to go next in an uncertain and changing climate that offers little financial security and has left both the show and retail schedule somewhat up in the air. Having spoken with various brands in lockdown, the MatchesFashion team decided to create a programme which could offer practical support and mentorship, and simultaneously give 12 brands amplified reach on MatchesFashion.com and beyond. Who are these chosen shining fashion stars, if you didn't know already? Art School, Ahluwalia, Chopova Lowena, Stefan Cooke, Germanier, Halpern, Harris Reed, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, Thebe Magugu, Ludovic de Saint Sernin, Bianca Saunders and Wales Bonner.
The first round of recipients for the BFC's £1,000,000 emergency fund have been announced, featuring the likes of Bethany Williams, Phoebe English and Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY.