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Designers & Agents, NYCEDC Announce First Made in NY Collective Winners

A select group of fashion and jewelry designers just received one incredible industry opportunity.

Designers & Agents and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) have announced the winners of the first “Made in NY Collective,” an initiative that promotes New York City’s emerging creative talent.

“The screening committee took into consideration the key attributes of each brand, focusing on originality, quality and marketability. The ultimate goal was to build a balanced group of both experienced and novice designers, causal and sophisticated collections that reflect the wide range of New York-based design talent,” said Designers & Agents managing director Meryl Mandelbaum.

The 12 brands honored include Alasdair (designed by April Johnson), Christine Alcalay, Dan-yell (Danyell Rascoe), Elise Ballegeer, Kordal (designed by Mandy Kordal), Nikki Chasin, Noorism (designed by Noor Zakka), Off Season Collection (Abra Boero and Judi Rosen), Sabre Jewelry (Lana Ogilvie), SamChurch, William Okpo (designed by Darlene and Lizzy Okpo) and Xiao Wang Jewelry.

NYCEDC worked with D&A in early 2016 to launch the first Made in NY Collective. D&A is a leader in the women’s fashion industry and a trade show during the New York and Los Angeles market weeks. At D&A, retailers seek emerging designers for future partnerships and market exposure.

Each winning brand will have the opportunity to showcase its work at the D&A Spring ’17 show, taking place Sept. 17-19. With this opportunity, brands will also gain exposure to leading retailers and learn about business building skills, including product development and creative direction.

“The Made in NY Collective, as with many of our initiatives, is about providing opportunities to New Yorkers,” said NYCEDC president Maria Torres-Springer. “It is our hope that these dynamic, talented designers will emerge as leaders in the fashion industry, growing our economy and adding to the vibrancy of this great city.”