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11 Apr

CFDA Names 16 Interim Members

The Council of Fashion Designers of America has added 16 interim members to its roster.

The CFDA established the brand new — by invitation, temporary three-year term — interim tier of membership in 2022 to create support for designers who’ve been in business lower than five years as a pipeline to CFDA membership. The unique group of twenty-two interim designers is now 20. One became a full member and one other inactive.

Along with access to full member advantages, the interim members are supplied with opportunities, resources, introductions and one-on-one mentorship based on needs and goals. Membership dues are waived for the interim designers for all three years, but they have to be lively participants as a way to be afford the chance.

The 16 latest interim members are Jacques Agbobly, Agbobly; Patrick Christopher, Sloan and Bennett; Tamara Davydova, Minimalist; Lizzie Grover Rad, Grover Rad; Charles Harbison, Harbison Studio; Joseph Keefer, JKeefer; Elizabeth Kuzyk, Kuzyk; Andrew Kwon; Marie Laffont; Grace Ling; Andrea Mary Marshall, Salon 1884; Stephen Mikhail, Atelier Cillian; Nicholas Raefski; Esha Soni; Josh Tafoya, and Jackson Wiederhoeft, Wiederhoeft.

“The CFDA is proud to welcome this exceptionally talented group of designers to the organization. Within the short time that every as been in business, they’ve shown great promise for a protracted and successful profession ahead. We’ll work together to guarantee that they’ve a solid framework and network in place to support the long run growth of their businesses,” said Lisa Smilor, executive vp.

As reported, last week the CFDA named 10 latest full members to its roster.

The designer interim additions bring the full CFDA membership to 474 womenswear, menswear, jewelry, eyewear and accessory designers.

Earlier this yr, five CFDA interim members — Patrick Cupid; Emma Gage of Melke; Nicole Muhammad of Sew Elevated; Michael Ward of The Salting, and Marrisa Wilson NY — showcased their collections at The Canvas’ World Trade Center in Recent York for the primary quarter of 2023, as reported. The space allowed the CFDA interim members, who’ve never had a brick-and-mortar location and have only sold online, a “turnkey” situation.

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