Good wine and fashion...A well known combination. Winemaker Ecco Domani started a fashion foundation several years ago to award grants to up-and-coming designers in the industry. They have a good eye, as past winners included Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang and Rodarte.
This year, they announced winners Pamela Love for accessories and Kyle Fitzgibbons of Native Son for menswear. For womenswear, Mandy Coon, M. Patmos, Nikki Dekker of The Lake & Stars and friend of Ms. Fab, Bibhu Mohapatra took home honors. Tara St. James won the award for sustainable design for her label Study NY.
Each of the designers will receive $25 000 towards the costs of presenting at NY fashion week. Congratulations!!! You have all earned it!
Are you a designer and think you're due? Apply for next year's grant here.