CFDA and the designers
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 420 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 offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Scholarship Award, the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship, and the Gilt All Star Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Business Services Network, 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 Fashion Targets Breast Cancer; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations with 7th on Sale; addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative; and is a key participant in other programs such as the annual Fashion’s Night Out. For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com, facebook.com/cfda, twitter.com/cfda, cfda.tumblr.com, and youtube.com/cfdatv
Shipley & Halmos
Shipley & Halmos is a New York City-based clothing design firm founded by CFDA Award-winning designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos. Through various internal divisions, the company designs and produces everything from a complete assortment of men’s clothing, footwear, and accessories, to books, art materials, and furniture. The Shipley & Halmos clothing collections provide a timeless and essential wardrobe for the lifestyle of men who value forward thinking and individuality. Shipley & Halmos clothing is stocked in some of the world’s premier retailers, including Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Scoop, Odin New York, Ron Herman, and Isetan, as well as internationally at stores throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Sam and Jeff have been active members in the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) since 2006. In May 2008, Shipley & Halmos received the inaugural Young Designer Award from the National Arts Club. Later in 2009, Shipley & Halmos was nominated for the GQ/CFDA Best New Designer Award. In 2011, Shipley & Halmos was a finalist for the Rising Star Award in menswear from Fashion Group International.
Born and raised in Israel, of French-Moroccan descent, and having traveled to locations metropolitan and remote, Yigal Azrouël draws inspiration from everything and everywhere: art, culture, architecture, nature and his hometown, New York City.
Billy Reid’s modern approach to classic Americana and dandyism is at the heart of his collections. His Southern roots paired with a downtown New York sensibility, embodies the aesthetic and lifestyle of the brand. Billy Reid awarded the Best New Menswear Designer in America Award in February 2010. In November 2010, he won the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Award. As a winner of the Fashion Fund, Billy was invited to be a part of the “Americans in Paris” initiative in October 2011 and was invited to return in March 2012 during Paris Fashion Week. In June 2012 Billy Reid was the recipient of the CFDA’s Menswear Designer of the Year Award. Today, Billy splits time between New York City and his flagship shop and studio in Florence, AL. Billy Reid also has stores in New York City; Nashville, TN; Charleston, SC; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; and most recently Atlanta. Billy Reid is also sold in top tier specialty and department stores internationally. The company also operates an e-commerce shop.
Launched in New York City in 2004 by designer Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn, Loomstate was founded as a casual brand dedicated to creating demand for certified organic cotton using socially and environmentally responsible methods of production. Loomstate's design approach is inspired by the roots of classic American casual style born of the positivity and activism of youth subcultures, and is founded on a respect for our environment's ability to balance, shape and color itself. Beginning with the design process in our New York studio, Loomstate directly manages all stages of manufacturing, from the fabric mills, to the cut & sew facilities and finally the laundries to ensure all partners are participating in responsible manufacturing processes. Loomstate works with factories representing the "Gold Standard" or model of excellence of responsible production methods.