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Saks 5th Avenue

Saks 5th Avenue (one of the world’s leading fashion retailers) this week announced their New Wave at Saks Emerging Designer Accelerator Program. This is now the second year for the program. The program is designed to develop and provide support to eight chosen brands. Each brand receives a $10,000 grant towards their business. Chosen brands receive mentorship and entrepreneurial workshops. The year’s brands include Claude Kameni, Ludovic de Saint Sernin, Undra Celeste, Who Decides War, and Zeynep Arcay, as well as shoe brands Keeyahri, Nalebe, and Sunni Sunni. Last Year selected brands included Ashya, BruceGlen, Busayo, Kimberly Goldson, LaQuan Smith, Reese Cooper, Alejandra Alonso Rojas and A.W.A.K.E. Mode.

The New Wave at Saks Program offers new designers a chance to get valuable insight into what it takes to make it in a large department store. It also helps designers get exposure and access. To be successful in the fashion industry, new brands and designer should take advantage of any chance to learn more about the business. Some of the selected designers did not go to fashion school. Knowing how to draw or going to fashion schools are not automatic precursors to success. There are many successful designers that do not fall in those categories.


Learn more about each of these emerging fashion brands and designers that were selected for Saks 5th Avenue’s New Wave Emerging Designer Accelerator Program by visiting their official websites:

Claude Kameni
Ludovic de Saint Sernin
Undra Celeste
Who Decides War
Zeynep Arcay
Sunni Sunni
Kimberly Goldson
LaQuan Smith
Reese Cooper
Alejandra Alonso Rojas
A.W.A.K.E. Mode

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