To help designers and fashion businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, the British Fashion Council is awarding £1 million to 37 labels for its 2020 Foundation Fund. Eftychia, Chopova Lowena, Halpern, Phoebe English, Richard Quinn, and more were all announced as recipients of the grant. In a similar fashion in the U.S., the annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was repurposed as an initiative for 2020, titled "A Common Thread" and to help aid businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.
"This grant has come at a time of such incredible need for funds for small fashion businesses, and we are extremely grateful and appreciate so much the decision of the BFC to create these grants and give us all the opportunity to get past this extremely difficult time," said Chopova Lowena designers Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena in an official statement. "Through the support of the BFC with the additional funding we will be able to continue our brand and carry on the production of our orders."
Each label will receive a maximum of £50,000 (about $61,109) in addition to mentoring from leaders in the fashion industry.
"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," said British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush in an official statement. "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."
Of the 37 total, meet nine of our favorite brands receiving the BFC's grant below.
The full list of grant recipients for the British Fashion Council's 2020 BFC Foundation Fashion Fund includes Alighieri, 16 Arlington, Ahluwalia, Aries, Art School, Bethany Williams, Bianca Saunders, Chalayan, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, Chopova Lowena, Craig Green, David Koma, E. Tautz, E.L.V. Denim, Edeline Lee, Eftychia, Halpern, King & Tuckfield, Kwaidan Editions, Liam Hodges, Matty Bovan, Metier, Nabil Nayal, Neous, Nicholas Daley, Palmer/Harding, Paper London, Paria Farzaneh, Per Gotesson, Phoebe English, Raeburn, Rejina Pyo, Richard Malone, Richard Quinn, Roksanda, Stefan Cooke, and Toogood.