Launched in 2020, Informa Markets Fashion for Change (IMFC) is a new and ongoing corporate initiative whose mission is to foster allyship, inclusion, and equality within the fashion community through programs that support, nurture, and elevate minority-owned brands. Read below for more information about the IMFC’s various programs, both current and upcoming.


IMFC’s Incubator Program

Launched Fall 2020, and timed to the inaugural opening of Informa Markets Fashion’s digital trade events, 10 up-and-coming Black designers were selected for participation in IMFC’s Incubator Program.  This new and ongoing initiative, in partnership with e-commerce platform NuORDER, is aimed at elevating and better supporting new design talent within the Black fashion community through a comprehensive program which included complementary inclusion in the digital trade event for two seasons – Fall 2020 and Spring 2021- as well as editorial features, marketing promotion, and individualized mentorship guidance sourced from IMFC’s Incubator Program Advisory Board members.  Scroll down to view all 10 participating brands and our IMFC Incubator Program Advisory Board members.

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IMFC Incubator Grant Program

Further building off the IMFC Incubator Program, the IMFC also launched the IMFC Incubator Grant Program, where 4 of the participating 10 Incubator program designers were selected to receive $10,000 each in grant funding. The Grant program identified two categories of distinction for winning grant recipients – Buyer’s Choice and Industry Awards.  The Buyer’s Choice award winner was selected by participating retailers from the digital event, which encompasses top retail buyers from womenswear, menswear, footwear, and childrenswear industries. The Industry Awards, were chosen by the IMFC Incubator Program Advisory Board members.  Merits of consideration for nomination across both categories included: past and present collections, craftsmanship, design integrity and commercial viability.

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'Fashion for Change’ Grant Program Winners

 

2020 Buyer’s Choice Category Winner

HAMID HOLLOMAN features custom-made men’s apparel designed by Philadelphia born Designer Hamid Holloman. 

2020 Industry Awards Selection Winners  

London Grant features a collection of natural provisions for home and body, handcrafted in Atlanta by Founder Tiffany Staten.

CONFIDENCE BY GaBBY Goodwin features a collection of hair accessories from 13-year-old entrepreneur Gabrielle “GaBBY” Goodwin.

ENZI features a collection of made-in-Ethiopia footwear by Co-Founder and Designer Jawad Braye.


2020 PARTICIPATING BRANDS

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Along with members of NuORDER executive leadership, and the IMFC committee – a committee of 11 executives formed within Informa Markets Fashion whose talent spans across branding, marketing, social media, finance, and sales

ADVISORY BOARD

Kelly Helfman, Don Pietranczyk, Brian Trunzo, and Stephon Torrennce of Informa Markets Fashion | Gary Williams of Gary Williams Showroom | Felita Harris of ENFORM | Chip Thompson of Ralph Lauren | Tommy Fazio of NuORDER | DeAnna McIntosh of The Affinity Group International | Shawn Howell, Menswear executive | June Horne, Womenswear executive