Open Call: Esquire is Looking For America's Next Great Menswear Designers


Esquire magazine and Axe are looking for the next crop of emerging American menswear designers. Apparel, accessories, bags and footwear labels are encouraged to apply for their open call that will land them in the September issue of the magazine, mentorship from designer Billy Reid, Esquire fashion director Nick Sullivan and John Legend. The five selected designers will also participate in an event at New York Fashion Week in September.

Winners receive
  • 5 winners will receive $2,000 to use towards completing the design that will be featured in Esquire's September issue.
  • Non-NYC designers will be flown to and put up in New York the week of June 8th for a photo shoot and then brought back to NY for Esquire's fashion event Sept.10-11 where their designs will be showcased
  • A mentorship session with designer Billy Reid and Nick Sullivan, Esquire's fashion director and John Legend
How to apply

Fill out the entry form and upload a video (30-60 seconds) along with three photos (optional) that best showcase your design in production, how and why you became a designer, what inspires your work and how you define your personal style.

Apply to the open call at Axe White Label by May 24, 2015.

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