The CFDA announced the second-ever group of designers to be selected for the cutely titled Fashion Incubator Program, which provides mentoring and free workspace in the garment district for its participants, all in the name of boosting their business to the next level. (The incubator is not to be confused with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which gives its recipients straight-up cash.) This year's class will get a few additional perks: The program has partnered with NYU's Stern Business School, so designers will get free business advice and bookkeeping help from MBA students.
Designers selected for this year's CFDA Incubator are:
Arielle Shapiro of Ari Dein
Benjamin and Doug Burkman of Burkman Brothers
Ricky Hendry and Marc Daniels of Isaora
Luis M. Fernandez of Number:Lab
Reece Solomon of Reece Hudson
Maayan Zilberman and Nikki Dekker of The Lake & Stars
Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland
Christian Cota and Luis Fernandez were also both accepted into the CFDA this year.