Confirmed: Shortlist For British Menswear Design Prize

Christopher Shannon, Lou Dalton and Richard Nicoll are among the names in the running for the inaugural GQ Designer Menswear Fund.

The British Fashion Council made the announcement yesterday, including Alex McIntosh from Christopher Raeburn and E.Tautz’s Ian Samuels and Felix Chabluk in the shortlist of nominees.

Similar to Topman’s NewGen Men scheme, the winner of the fund, which launched in 2013, will receive high level mentoring; backed by sponsors, luxury phone provider Vertu.

The full prize amount includes professional business services worth £50,000 from the mobile firm, as well as a £150,000 cash injection into the designer’s brand.

News of the nominations follows a succession of big stories in menswear, including Agi & Sam being put forward for the European Woolmark Prize and the reveal of the provisional schedule for London Collections: Men SS15.

Dylan Jones, editor of the magazine behind the fund and chair of London Collections: Men, says the names reflect an “extraordinary array of talent in the menswear industry in Britain right now”.

“Our young designers know that without a solid business background, success can be tough, which is why it is so heartening to see such strong business plans from these shortlisted designers. I wish them all well,” he added.

All five will now take part in a preliminary mentoring programme, before pitching their business plan to a panel of industry experts in June.

A final winner will then be chosen before the next London Collections: Men, which takes place in the same month.

BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund Nominees