The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has launched the CFDA Fashion Trust, a new charitable initiative that provides business support to US-based designers through financial support and strategic mentoring.
Fashion Trust origins
The concept of a Fashion Trust originated in London, where fashion power broker Tania Fares founded the programme alongside the British Fashion Council in 2011, helping to incubate and propel the careers of designers such as JW Anderson, Erdem, and Emilia Wickstead. Fares is also the founder of the CFDA Fashion Trust, which she co-chairs with Elisa Sednaoui Dellal in Los Angeles, and Rickie De Sole and Laura de Gunzburg in New York.
“The CFDA Fashion Trust is an opportunity to expand involvement in the organisation beyond designer membership,” CFDA President and CEO Steven Kolb said. “By giving a voice to other industry leaders and fashion enthusiasts, they will be bringing new ideas and experiences to CFDA’s mission.”