• WINNING DESIGNERS

    Francesca Liberatore

    After graduating with a degree in Womenswear Fashion Design,  from Central Saint Martins, Liberatore quickly went to work establishing her own brand in London and Rome, and went on to gain international experience working in the headquarters of  Viktor&Rolf in Amsterdam, Jean Paul Gautier in Paris and Brioni Womenswear in Italy.

    In 2009, Francesca Liberatore won the Next Generation competition promoted by Camera Nazionalle Della Moda Italiana at Milan Fashion Week. Since then, she has continued premiering her collections as part of the official Milan schedule each season.

    Called “enfant prodige” by some of the most influential names in the fashion business, she has been invited to show her work at prestigious locations such as the Museo della Permanente in Milan and the Edieuropa Gallery in Rome, and with special projects and capsule collections in Paris, London, Tokyo, Canton, New York, and Seoul.

    Francesca Liberatore currently shares her experience by teaching in Italy and abroad at Brera Fine Art Academy, and NABA in Milan, Academy of Fine Arts Rome, Academy of Costume and Fashion in Rome, and for United Nations in GSC Amman (Jordain), in the University of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi (Vietnam), and on the Ministry of Industry and Production of Lima (Peru) as international expert.

     

    Follow the link to see the Francesca Liberatore S/S 2015 & A/W 2015 Collections in New York: http://dhlexported.com/gallery

    House of Holland

    Henry Holland was catapulted into the fashion limelight in 2006 with his irreverent 'fashion groupies' slogan tees featuring catchphrases such as "Uhu Gareth Pugh" and "Get Your Freak On Giles Deacons".

    In February 2008, after 2 seasons showing with Fashion East, House of Holland held its first solo show on the London Fashion Week schedule to critical acclaim. Now in the brand's 13th season, House of Holland is firmly established in the international fashion arena and in January 2012, was awarded a two-season fashion forward sponsorship.

    Henry designs with a London girl aesthetic in mind and is continually inspired by the variety of attitudes, cultures and mindsets that exist throughout the UK capital. The House of Holland girl is cool, confident and savvy, and wears labels without letting them wear her.

     

    Follow the link to see the House of Holland S/S 2015 & A/W 2015 Collections in Tokyo: http://dhlexported.com/gallery

    Nicholas K

    They say there’s a time and place for everything.  Nicholas K understands that better than anyone else.

    When in 2004 they realized there was a void at retail for better clothing that not only looked and felt good but also moved, traveled, and performed in step with the 21st-century consumer, they envisioned a more relevant approach to fashion.

    So they looked to the street and to the utilitarian brilliance of uniforms to invent a new platform of luxurious everyday sportswear with an urban edge.

    Almost a decade later, our outerwear, including parkas and anoraks, sit among the finest in the world, while the company now also offers knits, shirts, dresses, denim, and tees for men and women.

    A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America since 2009 and the opening show of IMG Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York since 2011, Nicholas K continues to be featured in top tier publications around the globe including Esquire, Details, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Lucky, The New York Times Magazine and i-D. Our garments were selected to appear in the blockbuster move “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”  Most notable of those used, was the best selling “Nova” jacket, worn extensively by the Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence.  Collaboration with the movie stylists continues for the upcoming sequels.   

    PRODUCT

    Time and time again, you’ll hear the phrase “urban nomad” being used to describe our brand. While aesthetically reminiscent of this title they like to think their designs harbor a deeper connection. Their brand is an expression of their desire for new experience, travel, balanced with their strong connection to nature.  It is the way they pursue life.  Discovering creativity and inspiration amidst the intense energy of modern cities and the beauty and simplicity of nature.

    They create clothing that stands above the norm with elegant precision and functional details, from innovative fabrics to twisted wrap treatments on tops and multi-functional constructions, offering an experience at once both personal and luxurious.

    Constructed from predominantly natural fibers, their clothes are exceptionally well crafted and tested for fit and durability exclusively at our own factories. Their dresses, for example, are punctuated with innovative design features but also constructed to allow customers to drape, cinch, fasten, and mold into the silhouette of their liking. In this manner, their designs are endlessly versatile and the building blocks of a modern wardrobe.

    PEOPLE

    Nicholas Kunz

    Nicholas studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and at Polimoda School of Design in Florence, Italy. Upon her return to the US, Nicholas took a position in menswear design at DKNY in 1996. She joined the founding team of Coach men’s sportswear the following year and then was courted back to DKNY where she spent the next two years designing womenswear. She went on to launch men’s and women’s apparel for John Varvatos while at Nautica and later consulted on nearly every other major American fashion brand, including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Polo, before launching Nicholas K with her brother Christopher in 2005.

    Her personal interests include photography, tennis, skiing, scuba diving, hiking, and gardening to create a more self-sustainable lifestyle in upstate New York.

    Christopher Kunz

    Prior to launching Nicholas K with his sister, Christopher worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory offering expertise to early stage companies, ranging from competitive marketing analysis to strategic positioning. With a major in biochemistry and molecular cellular biology with and an MBA, Christopher also worked as a fashion model in New York, Milan and Asia and on the retail side for Polo Ralph Lauren in New York City. An expert outdoorsman he enjoys backpacking, archery, scuba, fly-fishing among other activities. His design skills and sensibility developed from his many interest and love of product design. He became a self-taught fabricator- designing and constructing a wide variety of custom products such as an ultra-light bivy, mountaineering pack, and expedition trailer and vehicles. 

     

    Follow the link to see the Nicholas K S/S 2015 & A/W 2015 Collections in Milan: http://dhlexported.com/gallery

    H by Hakaan Yildirim

    After earning a Diploma from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, in 1998 Hakan Yildirim (1971) won his first prize in the Young Fashion Designers Contest hosted by the Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Association. He then worked as creative director for some Turkish textile companies for several years. In 2001 he opened his own company under his own name, Hakan Yildirim, and started doing couture dresses for his customers.

    He did important collaborations with one of the biggest textile companies in Turkey named Koton and they launched a collection ‘Hakan Yildirim for Koton’. This was a huge success for both.

    He then decided to move to London in order to have an international name and a ready-to-wear brand of his own. He launched his brand HAKAAN and presented his first collection during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2010. With that collection he won the Andam Award and continued launching in Paris Fashion Week.

    He created a new affordable luxury brand called Section Mode Unique. This brand is very young and energetic. It has its own store in Istanbul, Galata with plans to expand into the USA, with particular focus on New York.

    Through DHL Exported, Hakaan Yildirim will be showing H by Hakaan Yildirim at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015.

     

    Follow the link to see the H by Hakaan Yildirim S/S 2015 & A/W 2015 Collections in London: http://dhlexported.com/gallery

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Designer Entry

DHL Exported applications will open on Monday, February 17th

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About The Program

DHL Exported, created by IMG in collaboration with DHL, is an unprecedented program that combines the global marketing platform of the most impactful fashion week events with DHL’s unsurpassed logistics capabilities. The program enables designers to grow their businesses internationally while streamlining their internal logistics. DHL Exported is for fashion designers established in their local market looking to further expand their brand across international borders. 

Designers from all over the world are invited to submit applications to expand their businesses to one of four key retail markets with an export development strategy that includes shipping and logistics assistance, marketing and public relations support, along with an enhanced social and digital platform.

In addition, DHL Exported provides venue and production costs for designers to debut their collections on-schedule for two consecutive seasons at one of the following trade events: New York Fashion Week: The Shows, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week or Amazon Fashion Week TOKYO. DHL Exported underwrite various costs of producing the designers’ show/presentation and provide a model package and full show production team.  DHL also deliver the final collection to New York, London, Milan or Tokyo for two seasons.

The DHL Exported Program is supported by the British Fashion Council, Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana, and Japan Fashion Week Organization. Winning designers are chosen by a global committee of experts based on their demonstrated ability to benefit from the DHL Exported program. 

 

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DHL Exported Designer Agreement and Release Form

APPLICANT agrees that:

A. The applicant above (“Applicant”) of the DHL Exported Program (“DHL Exported Program”) grants to IMG Fashion Division of IMG Worldwide, Inc. and Deutsche Post AG (“DHL”) and their licensees and designees (collectively, the “Released Parties”) the right to use the application, including all submissions made by Applicant in any manner or media, in connection with the DHL Exported Program.

B. If chosen to participate in any DHL Exported Program Finalists Event, Winner Press Event and/or DHL Exported Runway Show/Presentation, Applicant agrees to:  (1) not to distribute any press materials, social media or other public messages regarding his or her participation in the DHL Exported Program without the prior written approval of IMG Fashion Division of IMG Worldwide, Inc.; (2) not to grant to, or cooperate with, any other designer support programs in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy or Japan for a period of twelve (12) months after the DHL Exported Show/Presentation without the prior written approval of IMG Fashion Division of IMG Worldwide, Inc.

C. If chosen to present a runway collection in a foreign market, Applicant agrees to:  (1) provide proof that Applicant will have a minimum of 20 looks ready for each DHL Exported Runway Show/Presentation, a valid passport and/or visa at least one month prior to both Show/Presentation dates, or an alternate winner will be chosen; and (2) participate in a minimum of 10 press interviews referencing Applicant’s inclusion and participation in the Program during the Program year and up to six months after; promote the Program in press releases and social media efforts by Applicant’s public relations team; attend in person all official DHL Exported Program events in the city in which Applicant’s Shows/Presentations are held; and attend one Winner Press Event in the city of the DHL Exported Runway Show/Presentation. (travel and accommodations for the Applicant will be provided and booked by IMG to include one (1) roundtrip economy airline ticket and one (1) hotel room for two (2) nights for the Applicant to attend the Winner Press Event, and one (1) roundtrip economy airline ticket and one (1) hotel room for the Applicant for a maximum of five (5) nights for each DHL Exported Runway/Show Presentation. Also includes round trip transportation between airport and hotel for Winner Press Event and Runway/Show Presentations).

D. Applicant grants to the Released Parties, as well as their successors and assigns, the right to use images and recordings of the Applicant, his/her personal attributes and his or her designs in connection with the DHL Exported Program and the Released Parties, particularly the right to use them in reports, documentation, press, promotion, at fashion weeks, and in advertising related to the Program in a commercial and non-commercial manner.

E. If chosen to present a runway collection in a foreign market, Applicant agrees to participate in a to be determined e-commerce initiative on dhlexported.com.

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