Banana Republic And The Council Of Fashion Designers Of America Announce A Second Installment Of Their Partnership Supporting Emerging Designers

Greg Lauren and Banana Republic Collaborate on a Limited-Edition Men’s Capsule Debuting at Select Banana Republic Stores for Holiday 2016

Banana Republic and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are excited to continue their partnership with the launch of a limited-edition capsule collection with artist and designer, Greg Lauren. The Greg Lauren for Banana Republic menswear collection debuts at select Banana Republic stores beginning this month. The collection will launch at select Banana Republic retail locations December 6, 2016.banana_republic_logo

The CFDA and Banana Republic first worked together for a special collaboration in Spring 2016, launching a women’s capsule collection created with New York-based design trio, Timo Weiland. For the second installment of their partnership, they have teamed with Greg Lauren to debut a menswear collection that is designed, cut and sewn in Los Angeles. The capsule will include 16 pieces, which marry Lauren’s iconic, utilitarian style with Banana Republic‘s classic American sportswear sensibility.

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 450 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar, and serves as the official keeper of New York Fashion Week. It stages the bi-annual New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

Our partnership with Banana Republic has allowed two designers the opportunity to grow and expand their consumer and production capacities in ways that otherwise may not have been possible,” says Steven Kolb, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CFDA. “We are happy to be able to work with an iconic American brand like Banana Republic and look forward to debuting the Greg Lauren for Banana Republic collection this holiday.”

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Greg Lauren (Los Arys)

After gaining recognition as a painter, Greg Lauren created Greg Lauren in 2011 with the mission of “designing clothing from the perspective of being an artist, and making garments using an artistic approach” Specializing in a “destroyed but elegant” aesthetic, the collection combines repurposed vintage military fabrics with new fabrics put through unique artistic processes to give everything a one of a kind feeling and aesthetic. Greg Lauren is now available in over 50 boutiques worldwide, and is made entirely in Los Angeles. Continue reading

The Council Of Fashion Designers Of America And Fabletics Join Forces For the 2016 Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Initiative

Actress and Fabletics Co-Founder Kate Hudson is the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Ambassador for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2016.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is partnering with the stylish, high-quality and accessible activewear brand Fabletics for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC) 2016. Iconic actress, fashion tastemaker, mother of two and Fabletics co-counder Kate Hudson is serving as the FTBC ambassador for October.413198logo-1

As part of the partnership, Fabletics launched an FTBC-branded outfit on September 28, “National Women’s Health & Fitness Day,” which will dovetail into October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The 3-piece look will feature a tank, sports bra and capri, with proceeds benefitting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. Fabletics also hosted an FTBC event at all its locations that day with a percentage of sales donated to FTBC. Hudson follows an impressive list of previous FTBC Ambassadors including Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Karolina Kurkova among others.

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Kate Hudson Pictured in the FTBC Branded Outfit (PRNewsFoto/Fabletics)

The Fashion Targets Breast Cancer® (FTBC) name and symbol were created by Ralph Lauren and subsequently entrusted to the CFDA Foundation. In 2011, FTBC began working with The New York Community Trust to develop a focused grantmaking program covering the critical areas of breast cancer screening, treatment, and survival. It established the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Fund, which is guided by an advisory committee of fashion industry representatives, experts in the content area, and Trust staff, to make grants to New York City organizations that assist women with breast cancer. Specifically, grants from the FTBC Fund help low-income, minority, and immigrant women, with screening, treatment, and support services to help them cope with their cancer.

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Fabletics is a high-performance lifestyle brand co-founded by Kate Hudson in 2013. Established to offer high-quality activewear at an accessible price, Fabletics was designed with the modern woman’s busy lifestyle in mind; every piece is intended to fit seamlessly into every moment of her day—from desk to dinner and workout to weekend. The brand offers a full selection of apparel and accessories to over one million VIP members across eight countries via its eCommerce website www.fabletics.com and thirteen U.S.-based retail stores.

Hudson has a passion for motivating and supporting women to lead healthy and active lives, and being the face of FTBC allows her to further her passion. “I feel so honored to be an ambassador for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. As a longtime supporter of the cause, I believe being given the opportunity to lend your voice and creativity to empower, support and spread awareness is a beautiful thing,” she said.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 with a membership of over 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar and stages New York Fashion Week: Men’s. It also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship, the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award, the Kenneth Cole Footwear + Accessory Innovation Award, and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a group of high-profile companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA manages the worldwide Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative and raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations, among others programs.

We couldn’t be more excited to have Kate join the history and legacy of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. It’s a meaningful cause to the CFDA and one that we work year-round to help fundraise for. With Fabletics‘ focus on health and fitness, Kate is a perfect Ambassador to the cause and understands the importance of how fashion can support philanthropic endeavors,” said CFDA President and CEO Steven Kolb.

For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com, www.facebook.com/cfda, www.twitter.com/cfda, www.cfda.tumblr.com, and www.youtube.com/cfdatv

Banana Republic and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Announce a New Partnership Supporting Emerging Designers Who Design and Produce in the U.S.

Timo Weiland Is The First Designer To Collaborate With Banana Republic and CFDA On A Limited-Edition Capsule For Spring 2016

Banana Republic and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced a new partnership dedicated to supporting emerging designers based in America who design and produce in their local cities.

With this partnership, Banana Republic and the CFDA are committed to supporting designers located in America and American manufacturing. The partnership will include two limited-edition collections sold exclusively at select Banana Republic flagship stores and online. The program will spotlight one New York-based designer, who will create a capsule collection for Spring/Summer 2016, which is designed, cut and sewn exclusively in New York. This is going to be followed by a collection from a Los Angeles-based designer, which will be designed and produced exclusively in Los Angeles.

We are proud to partner with the CFDA and its network of emerging designers and manufacturers,” says Marissa Webb, Creative Director of Banana Republic. “This new program is a great opportunity to provide mentorship and resources to help creative talent grow their business while designing and producing locally.

Banana Republic is a quintessential American retailer, which makes them the perfect partner to support our mission to help promote designers here in America and domestic manufacturing,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA.

For the first collaboration, Banana Republic will work with designer Timo Weiland, an alumnus of the CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} program, on a womenswear collection for Spring 2016. The capsule will include twelve styles in solids and in custom prints, including dresses, tops, skirts and a blazer cut and sewn in New York by Sunrise Studio, a CFDA Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) grant winner, and Sn Productions.

Co-founded in 2010 by Timo Weiland, Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang, Timo Weiland is a New York-based Womens and Menswear brand. Built around the ethos of creating clothes to live in, the collections are inspired by the multifaceted lifestyles of the designers and those around them. Drawing from a shared love of music, travel and contemporary culture, Timo Weiland presents an updated take on classic American sensibilities. Known for eclectic combinations of fabrics and detailing, the collection places focus on quality and wearability, while injecting touches of the designers’ distinct brand of playfulness.

Donna, Alan and I are honored to collaborate on the first CFDA X BANANA REPUBLIC CAPSULE COLLECTION for Spring 2016,” says Timo Weiland, founder of Timo Weiland. “Since launching the brand, we have designed, cut and sewn our core signature woven styles in New York with factory partners based in the Garment District. Building upon this Made-in-New York aspect has been an integral part of our business and our story as a brand.

The collection will debut at Banana Republic’s Spring 2016 presentation during New York Fashion Week in September, and launch at retail in March 2016. Founded in San Francisco, Banana Republic is located in more than 750 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide.

As part of Banana Republic’s partnership with the CFDA, FMI is receiving a monetary contribution that will be matched by the City’s financial commitment to the program. FMI, in affiliation with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, aims to nurture, elevate, and preserve garment production in New York City.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 450 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar, and serves as the official keeper of New York Fashion Week. It stages the bi-annual New York Fashion Week; Men’s and also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages the worldwide Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations and addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative.

For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com, facebook.com/cfda, twitter.com/cfda, cfda.tumblr.com, and youtube.com/cfdatv.