Orley, Off-White Make the Shortlist for 2nd LVMH Prize

The winner scores 300,000 euros and mentorship from LVMH.
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The winner scores 300,000 euros and mentorship from LVMH.
The 26 designers from the LVMH shortlist. Photo: LVMH

The 26 designers from the LVMH shortlist. Photo: LVMH

The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers is now in its second year and the luxury conglomerate has just announced its shortlist of designers up for the coveted award, five of which are based in the U.S.

New York-based Orley, Baja East, Ryan Roche, Andrea Jiapei Li and XimonLee, made the cut alongside 21 other brands hailing from Paris to Tokyo to Kiev. You might also recognize Virgil Abloh, Kanye West's creative director, who's line Off-White is technically based in Milan. Next, each one will meet with the panel of experts (which includes Emmanuelle Alt, Imran Amed and Tim Blanks) to determine which eight designers make it to the final jury selection.

The winner, which will be announced in May, will win 300,000 euros and a year of mentorship from LVMH. Last year's inaugural winner was British designer Thomas Tait, who was wise enough to point out that LVMH equally benefits from this competition as it allows execs to keep an eye on emerging designers worthy of their investment.

See below for the full list of designers: 

Agi and Sam, by Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton (British designers based in London). Menswear presented in London.

Andrea Jiapei Li, by Andrea Jiaipei Li (Chinese designer, based in New York). Womenswear presented in New York City.

Anton Belinskiy, by Anton Belinskiy (Ukrainian designer based in Kiev). Womenswear presented in Kiev.

Arthur Arbesser, by Arthur Arbesser (Austrian designer based in Milan) Womenswear presented in Milan.

Astrid Andersen, by Astrid Andersen (Danish designer based in Copenhagen). Menswear presented in London.

Baja East, by Scott Studenberg and John Targon (American designers, based in New York). "ambisexual" fashion presented in New York.

Coperni, by Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant (French designers based in Paris). Womenswear presented in Paris.

Craig Green, by Craig Green (British designer based in London). Menswear presented in London.

Devon Halfnight LeFlufy, by Devon Halfnight LeFlufy (Canadian designer based in Antwerp). Menswear presented in New York.

Faustine Steinmetz, by Faustine Steinmetz (French designer based in London). Womenswear presented in London.

Huishan Zhang, by Huishan Zhang (Chinese designer based in London). Womenswear presented in London.

Jacquemus, by Simon Porte Jacquemus (French designer based in Paris). Womenswear presented in Paris.

Jourden, by Anais Mak and Benny Woo (Designers from Hong-Kong based in Hong-Kong). Womenswear presented in Paris and London.

Koché, by Christelle Kocher (French designer based in Paris). Womenswear presented in Paris.

Marques Almeida, by Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida (Portuguese designers based in London). Womenswear presented in London.

Nabil Nayal by Nabil El-Nayal (British designer based in London). Womenswear presented in London.

Nasir Mazhar by Nasir Mazhar (British designer based in London). Menswear and Womenswear presented in London.

Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, by Virgil Abloh (American designer based in Milan). Menswear and Womenswear presented in Paris.

Orley, by Alex Orley, Matthew Orley and Samantha Orley (American designers based in New York). Menswear and Womenswear presented in New York.

Ryan Lo by Ryan Lo (British designer based in London). Womenswear presented in London.

Ryan Roche by Ryan Roche (American designer based in New York). Womenswear presented in New York.

Sankuanz by Zhe Shangguan (Chinese designer based in Xiamen). Menswear presented in London.

Vetements, by Demna Gvasali (German designer based in Paris). Womenswear presented in Paris.

WrittenAfterwards by Yoshikazu Yamagata (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Unisex fashion presented in Tokyo.

Xiao Li by Xiao Li (Chinese designer based in London). Womenswear presented in London.

XimonLee by Ximon Lee (Chinese designer based in New York). Menswear presented in New York.