Introduction


Eddie Mullon (Founder & CEO of Fashion GPS and President of Launchmetrics), Frederic Pinet (Fashion Photographer), Stephanie Kirtley (US Fashion Director of ORDRE), Lisa Smilor (CFDA Vice President), Mark Tevis (Publisher of the Daily Front Row) and Martyna Panczak (Head of Société Fashion) decided upon 6 future participants of the Societe Fashion Accelerator Program in Spring Studios in New York City.

As the flagship project of the Société Fashion, the Accelerator Program’s mission is to build up and activate a new Central European fashion community by supporting up-and-coming fashion designers. The program offers year-long business mentoring for six selected designer teams from the region to help them reach their full potential and succeed on international markets. The winners, BODYMAPS (PL), GRANDPA (HU), JIRI KALFAR (CZ), KATA SZEGEDI (HU) LAFORMELA (CZ), TOMCSANYI (HU) were announced at the launch event of the program at Bulletin Soho, NYC, were selected from 12 shortlisted designers by a committee of top-notch professionals from every aspect of the industry.

Designers we selected have magic combination of all 3 factors: creativity in their designs, strong scalable business concept and colorful personality- says Martyna Panczak, committee member and Head of Société Fashion- We looked for people having clear vision for future development and products with perfectly balanced art and commerce. We analyzed each and every case asking ourselves which designers would be able to benefit from the program most.

ORDRE Online Luxury Wholesale Showrooms, a business networking partner of Société, prepared a special prize for one selected designer who will be offered a range of services to promote the wholesale collections globally during the span of the program.