The CFDA Incubator — a program through which young designers are granted affordable studio space and invaluable mentoring for about two years — has helped springboard some major careers, from Prabal Gurung to Public School to recently-announced Ecco Domani winner Timo Weiland. And Tuesday, as the second group of hatchlings prepares leave the nest, the CFDA has announced the third lucky group.
Among the list of 10 fledgling labels are a few we love and know well — Katie Ermilio, Kaelen, Nonoo — and a few we’d better start getting to know. The CFDA has high standards for the business development program — to be eligible, designers must have already demonstrated their potential through editorial placements and orders from top retailers. And the point of the program is to give designers the tools they need for a sustainable business, all the while connecting them with some pretty important people in the biz.
Read on to learn about all 10.