Council of Fashion Designers of America and Accenture to create talent-development programs for today’s designers and tomorrow’s retailers

Accenture becomes Official Innovation Partner of CFDA’s Retail Lab

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) have formed an innovative collaboration to help shape how the fashion industry integrates technology and consumer insights into its business practices.

Combining the high caliber of creativity within CFDA’s membership with Accenture’s deep expertise in customer experience, strategy, insights and technology, the two organizations will create talent-development programs for today’s designers and tomorrow’s retailers.

In addition, Accenture and CFDA will develop a series of thought leadership articles and hypotheses on the future of the fashion customer experience and test these ideas in live pilots with CFDA Members. This will provide CFDA with a new method to deliver value and insights to its members and, using the insight and feedback, help Accenture create solutions that it can share with its clients.

Last year, the CFDA launched Retail Lab with Cadillac to help emerging talent make their foray into the retail world, with Retail Lab’s first physical store at Cadillac House, in New York. The program enables select designers to open a retail installation for three months and learn skills integral to succeed in the industry, under the mentorship of fashion industry experts.

As the first Official Innovation Partner of CFDA’s Retail Lab, Accenture will work closely with the Lab’s select group of emerging fashion designers to develop customized retail strategies and equip them with the critical business knowledge and digital skills required to stay competitive in today’s challenging retail market.

“CFDA’s new collaboration with Accenture will provide our design community with an invaluable resource to help navigate retail and business technology,” said Ashley-Brooke Sandall, CFDA’s director of strategic partnerships.

The collaboration will be supported by Fjord, the design and innovation unit of Accenture Interactive and Accenture Labs, which prototypes and pilots new concepts through applied R&D projects. Plans include inviting fashion designers to participate in Fjord’s design studio in New York and leveraging technologies like artificial intelligence and mixed and virtual reality from Accenture Labs to bring customer engagement to the next level.  Combined with CFDA+ – CFDA’s virtual talent lab – these initiatives will connect designers with Accenture’s design & innovation capability. Select designers will engage with a design challenge that extends their academic work in a fast-paced design-intensive program. Outcomes range from enhanced research to physical prototypes, with the benefit of collaboration and input from Accenture.

CFDA+ combines CFDA membership and its Educational Initiatives communities, striving to strengthen the transition between education and industry. Established to address the challenges that graduates often face as they embark on their professional careers, CFDA+ is also a service for the more than 500 CFDA members who are recruiting from a talent pool of thousands of graduates each year.  With the addition of Accenture, CFDA+ will now be able to add critical business and design-thinking methodologies to its mentorship curriculum.

“The CFDA represents the fabric of the fashion industry and has been instrumental in giving emerging talent a series of platforms to gain real-world business and retail experience,” said Jill Standish, senior managing director of Retail at Accenture. “Working together with such a prestigious organization, we can help these designers acquire highly sought-after digital skills needed for them to be at the forefront of industry innovation, grow their businesses and drive tangible business results.”

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 394,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

About CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) was founded in 1962 and aims to strengthen the impact of American Fashion in the global economy. In addition to hosting the CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar and stages the bi-annual New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Other initiatives include the CFDA {Fashion Incubator} and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund as well as several Scholarship and charitable programs. For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com, facebook.com/cfda, twitter.com/cfda, cfda.tumblr.com, and youtube.com/cfdatv.

Contact:

Aleks Vujanic
Accenture
+ 44 7500 974 814
aleks.vujanic@accenture.com

Marc Karimzadeh
CFDA
+ 1 212 768 5708
m.karimzadeh@cfda.com

Source:Accenture

Banana Republic and Council of Fashion Designers of America launch limited-edition capsule collection by Greg Lauren

GREG LAUREN AND BANANA REPUBLIC COLLABORATE ON A LIMITED-EDITION MEN’S CAPSULE DEBUTING AT SELECT BANANA REPUBLIC STORES FOR HOLIDAY 2016 

NEW YORK, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — 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 December 2016.

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, Banana Republic and the CFDA 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.

“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.”

“We’re thrilled to continue our work with the CFDA to support emerging designers by helping them scale their business and broaden their visibility,” says Michael Anderson, Senior Vice President of Design, Banana Republic. “Greg is a true artist who puts his heart and soul into every piece he creates. We share a passion for the details and had a great time playing with ways to marry our signature styles through his artistic approach.”

The Greg Lauren for Banana Republic collection consists of a variety of unexpected essentials, including lounge pants in knit and wool; outerwear like a relaxed flight jacket, mixed media jackets, a luxe cashmere top coat; as well as a casual tuxedo jacket and pant with linen tuxedo shirt. The assortment also includes effortlessly cool layering pieces like a cotton sweatshirt and henley long-sleeve shirts. The capsule leverages Banana Republic base fabrics, like cotton twill, to offer a unique blend of Lauren’s craftsmanship with Banana Republic’s modern versatility and retails from $178 (select shirts) – $3,000 (cashmere overcoat).

“Banana Republic is an iconic American retailer and I’m excited to be collaborating with them as I continue to expand my business,” says Lauren. “This collaboration is helping me explore new ways to extend my production capacity and test new ways of working while still maintaining a very hands-on approach to my craft.”

The collection will launch at select Banana Republic retail locations December 6,2016.

ABOUT BANANA REPUBLIC (@BananaRepublic)

Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering versatile, contemporary style.  Through thoughtful design, Banana Republic provides a wardrobe of favorites to style and wear time and time again in new ways.  Banana Republic offers fragrances, clothing, eyewear, jewelry, shoes and handbags with detailed craftsmanship and luxurious materials.  Founded in San Francisco, Banana Republic is located in more than 750 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide.

About the CFDA (@CFDA)

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. It 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.

ABOUT GREG LAUREN (@GREGLAUREN)

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 farbics with new fabrics put through uique 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. www.greglauren.com

Investor information:

investor_relations@gap.com
650-952-4400

Source: Gap Inc.

Banana Republic and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to support emerging designers based in America

Timo Weiland is the first designer to collaborate with Banana Republic and CFDA on a limited-edition capsule for Spring 2016

New York, N.Y., 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Banana Republic and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are excited to announce a 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 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.

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.

“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.

About Banana Republic (@BananaRepublic)
Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering versatile, contemporary style.  Through thoughtful design, Banana Republic provides a wardrobe of favorites to style and wear time and time again in new ways.  Banana Republic offers fragrances, clothing, eyewear, jewelry, shoes and handbags with detailed craftsmanship and luxurious materials.  Founded in San Francisco, Banana Republic is located in more than 750 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide.

About the CFDA (@CFDA)
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 500 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. It 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.

About Timo Weiland (@TimoWeiland)
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. Modern prep meets streetwear, with a touch of romance, the brand encompasses the adventurous spirit of New York city.