Steven Kolb, Noria Morales
Steven Kolb, Noria Morales

NEW YORK, May 24, 2014/ — Always on the lookout for new design talents, Target has an ongoing partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to provide resources emerging fashion designers.

And among CFDA’s many projects, Target has become the biggest underwriter of the {FASHION INCUBATOR} , a business development program designed to support the next generation of fashion designers in New York City.

On May 19, 2014, Target and the CFDA celebrated their longstanding partnership and enhanced {FASHION INCUBATOR} program with an intimate dinner party at The Highline Hotel in New York City.

Yet, even with veritable guest list that is made up of fashion’s Who’s who, the 10 designers of the 2014-2016 {FASHION INCUBATOR} class were the focus of this special night.

The industry’s finest joined Target’s Noria Morales, director of design partnerships and CFDA’s Steven Kolb, chief executive officer in toasting the current {FASHION INCUBATOR} class and Target’s amplified support of the program.

As explained at the CFDA website, the {FASHION INCUBATOR} “provides creative professional environment to foster promising fashion talent and help selected designers grow and sustain their businesses. By offering low-cost design studio space, business mentoring, educational seminars and networking opportunities, the program provides a way for participants to reach their potential and become an integral part for the New York fashion community.”

A Peace Treaty, Dezso, Isa Tapia, Kaelen, Kara, Katie Ermilio, Lucio Castro, Nomia Nonoo, Orley who are known collectively as the class of 2014-2016 {FASHION INCUBATOR}, Target just raised the ante.

As announced last Monday, not only will the incubators benefit from a series of workshops hosted by some of the industry’s brightest minds, they’ll also have a chance to compete for two design honors.

This includes the chance to see their designs on tech accessories at Target stores across the country, as well as an opportunity to bring their designs straight to shoppers through a two-week pop-up shop hosted by Target!

How cool is that?

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