Caleres, formerly Brown’s Shoe Company and the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, a non-profit organization which supports emerging designers and promotes fashion education and outreach announced six finalists for the 2015 Caleres Emerging Designer Award at the Sam Edelmen showroom in New York.
After a highly competitive national search spearheaded by Roopal Patel of Roopal Patel Consulting, the six finalists are:
- Julie Haus and Jason Alkire, Haus Alkire
- Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, Eckhaus Latta
- Azede Jean-Pierre, Azede Jean-Pierre
- Katharine Polk, Houghton
- Brandon Sun, Brandon Sun
- Jordana Warmflash, Novis
The winner will be announced during Saint Louis Fashion Week in November and will receive a $25,000 cash grant to support their business.
Some of the values we live by every day as a company include curiosity, creativity and passion,” said Diane Sullivan, CEO, president and chairman of Caleres. “The Emerging Designer competition embodies those values, and we are always inspired by the designers that participate. Each year the bar is raised—we can’t wait to meet the candidates this year.
Saint Louis Fashion Fund is responsible for developing and coordinating the awards program and selected a roster of influential industry names to judge, including:
- CEO of LaForce + Stevens, James LaForce
- International fashion and design consultant Fern Mallis
- Barneys New York Fashion Director Tomoko Ogura
- Designer Lisa Perry
- Co-CEO of Hilldun Corporation and Chairman of InterLuxe Gary Wassner
These efforts are fueled by a group of key constituents that know the importance of the city and the impact it has made in fashion.
“St. Louis has a storied history in the fashion industry with a garment district that was second only to New York. The Caleres Emerging Designer Award reignites that legacy by bringing new American talent here to launch their brands and highlight the opportunities that we offer to fashion entrepreneurs,” said Susan Sherman, chair of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund.
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