LOS ANGELES, May 28, 2014/ — DHL and IMG Fashion announced today that the inaugural DHL Exported winners are House of Holland, Hakaan, Nicholas K, Francesca Libertore.
Italy’s Francesca Liberatore, Turkey’s Hakan Yildirim, Henry Holland from the UK and the duo Nicholas and Christopher Kunz from the U.S. have won the opportunity to further their international growth plans by showing their collections at the world’s leading fashion week events.
All four winners will have their fully produced runway shows sponsored by DHL Exported for two consecutive seasons. Additionally, DHL will also cover the logistic costs of producing the collection and shipping the final looks either to New York, London, Milan or Tokyo.
The DHL Exported program was open for application from February 17 to April 9. Afterwards, juries in Milan, London, New York and Tokyo picked three finalists for each show and made a final decision after taking another closer look.
Overall DHL and IMG Fashion received 150 applications from designers in 36 countries, each looking to break in to the global marketplace and present their collection to a worldwide audience.
The winners come from four different countries: Francesca Liberatore from Italy will present her designs at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Hakan Yildirim from Turkey with his label Hakaan is booked for London Fashion Week. Nicholas and Christopher Kunz from the United States with their label Nicholas K are heading to Italy to Milan Fashion Week. And finally, Henry Holland from the United Kingdom with his label House of Holland will go to Japan to present at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo.
The DHL Exported shows will take place in September 2014/February 2015 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, London Fashion Week and Milan Fashion Week, as well as in October 2014/March 2015 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo.