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A New Flock of Fashion Foundlings Ready for CFDA Incubation


The CFDA has announced a new crop of designers for its second Fashion Incubator program.

A New Flock of Fashion Foundlings Ready for CFDA Incubation

Doug and Ben Burkman, the Burkman Bros

According to Bibu Mohapatra, who was part of the first Fashion Incubator class: “The program has helped me grow my business. The industry mentors are helping me tackle the affairs of a rapidly growing business, whether on production issues, collaborations, licensing or legal matters.”

The second season begins in May when the class of 2012-2014 moves into their Fashion Incubator studios at 209 West 38th Street. Designers will receive mentoring from industry professionals in addition to real estate space at below market value and for the first time the CFDA is partnering with New York University‘s Stern School of Business.

Through Stern Consulting Corps, designers will be matched up with MBA students who will help them “develop full financial statements, cash flow projections and investor-ready business plans.”

The lucky group of Incubatees are:

Antonio Azzuolo
Arielle Shapiro of Ari Dein
Benjamin and Doug Burkman of Burkman Brothers
Christian Coda
Emanuela Duca
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 [WWD]

Written by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail