The British Fashion Council has announced the first round of recipients of the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund supporting creative fashion businesses and individuals to survive the Covid-19 crisis. Thanks to the fund, financial support will be given to 37 British designer businesses, with grants taken from the £1,000,000 emergency fund, allocated to viable businesses depending on their urgency and capability to come through and thrive post-crisis. A portion of funds has also been allocated to students, underpinning the future generation of creative talent.
“Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen an astonishing amount of applications come through from British designer businesses all over the country, asking for help to survive the crisis. The need for support is immense. Our hope is to re-open the fund for future rounds, to help as many businesses as possible, and ensure the future growth and success of the British fashion industry,” explained Caroline Rush, Chief Executive BFC, in an official statement.
“While one million pounds of funding is a great start, the scale of the need is much greater,” added the BFC. That’s why the council has called on both Government to step in to work with them on significant industry stimulus and on the industry and individuals to support the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund through donations so that more businesses can be supported at this time.
The recipients for the first round of funding are Alighieri (VDFF 2020), 16Arlington, Ahluwalia, Aries, ART SCHOOL, Bethany Williams, BIANCA SAUNDERS, Chalayan, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY (VDFF 2020), Chopova Lowena, CRAIG GREEN, David Koma (VDFF 2020), E. Tautz, E.L.V. DENIM, Edeline Lee, EFTYCHIA, Halpern (VDFF 2020), King & Tuckfield, Kwaidan Editions, Liam Hodges, Matty Bovan, Metier (VDFF 2020), Nabil Nayal, NEOUS, Nicholas Daley, palmer//harding, PAPER LONDON, paria /FARZANEH, PER GOTESSON, Phoebe English, RAEBURN, Rejina Pyo (VDFF 2020), Richard Malone, RICHARD QUINN, ROKSANDA, Stefan Cooke and Toogood.