We've had over 70 designers participate in Design Entrepreneurs NYC over the past two years. Our alumni are a talented group of New York-based designers building their businesses and represent the future of fashion. Here are a few recent highlights:
Founder Carrie Frieman recently launched a new e-commerce store carryparry.com featuring timeless, essential women’s shirts. The brand’s direct-to-customer strategy led to the creation of a website that focuses on transparency with the customer and on fit.
This March, Carrie will be the United States Embassy’s Fashion Envoy to the Bangkok International Fashion Fair (BIFF) organized by the Thai Ministry of Commerce. She will be giving a lecture in Bangkok called Green Clothing: U.S. Fashion Trends.
Our top 2013 prize winner Becca McCharen made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and participated in MADE Fashion Week, showing fall 2014. See her work at Chromatgarments.com and Opening Ceremony.
Designer Jes Wade, known for custom pieces made in her TriBeCa atelier, expanded her offerings with a knit collection at a commercial luxury price point. She also opened an e-commerce shop that highlights her fine craftsmanship and commitment to the environment, and special online pop-up shops with a portion of each sale going to nonprofits. Jes was recently featured in The New York Times and on Good Morning America talking about her life as a designer. jeswade.com
Menswear designer Kai D. Fan opened his first menswear store in Williamsburg this winter. Seamlessly fitting into the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, he's connecting with the local community and attracting international customers. kaidutility.com
Our 2013 prize winner Vasumathi Soundararjan showed at PROJECT in Las Vegas and is using funds from her winning business plan to focus on marketing to build her vibrant and always colorful men’s underwear label. kenwroy.com
Parke & Ronen
Parke & Ronen has seen sales on its website skyrocket 123 percent over the last year. Their new site enables international shipping to satisfy customer demand. The New York-based firm recently reopened its 1,200-square-foot store on Melrose in LA. parkeandronen.com
Max Gross is making his name in menswear. His brand was recently featured in Women’s Wear Daily as one of the few selected to retail at the new Dover Street Market location in New York. propergang.com
Sarah Carson's womenswear collection Leota has doubled sales annually and is proudly selling to over 300 fine retailers in 7 countries. Leota recently launched a maternity division to rave reviews. Leota is still 100% made in NYC. leota.com