The City of Philadelphia announced Friday a new group of emerging designers selected to participate in the second year of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator housed in Macy’s Center City.
The fashion initiative, which was created in 2012 to help support emerging Philly-based design talent, is a collaborative effort between the City of Philadelphia, Center City District, Macy’s Center City, and local educational institutions devoted to fashion design. The Incubator is essentially an opportunity for the city’s top design talent to catapult their brands – and their dreams – into fruition.
In addition to having access to a Project Runway-inspired daily workspace on the third floor of the legendary Wanamaker Building, the new DIRs will partake in a year’s worth of informational workshops and professional seminars under the guidance of Executive Director Elissa Bloom. “I am excited to see what the future has in store for the 2012 DIRs and am thrilled to embark on a new year with five talented designers,” Bloom said in the release. The DIRs will also take monthly trips to New York to meet with industry experts including Fern Mallis, Tommy Hilfiger and Steven Alan.
The inaugural class of Designers-in-Residence - Autumn Kietponglert (Heartless Revival), Kaitlyn Doherty (Kaitlyn Elizabeth), Melissa D’Agostino (D’Agostino Fashion Textile Design), and Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson (Aso Damisi) -welcomed the incoming group in a bittersweet occasion that marked the end of their yearlong residency Friday. They will announce new collaborations and projects in the coming months.