We are excited to announce our partnership as one of the headline sponsors for Fashion Trust Arabia 2023. As part of this collaboration, Huntsman will offer an exclusive design opportunity to the Ready-to-Wear category winner.
The recipient will undertake a comprehensive internship program at 11 Savile Row. Over the course of three months, they will closely shadow key cutters and tailors at Huntsman, immersing themselves in the rich heritage and traditional techniques that have defined the brand for over 170 years.
This experience will provide the winner with an opportunity to practice and refine their craft, while also acquiring new skills to further enhance their talent. They will gain access to the workshops and Cutting Theatre of Savile Row's most highly sought-after bespoke tailors, witnessing firsthand the meticulous artistry that goes into every piece created at Huntsman.
Furthermore, the collaboration between the winner and Huntsman Savile Row will extend beyond the internship. The winner will have the privilege of working alongside Huntsman Head Cutter & Creative Director Campbell Carey, harnessing the brand's resources to design a capsule collection exclusively for Middle East clients.
This collaboration will culminate in the collection being sampled and launched at Fashion Trust Arabia 2024.
The partnership with Huntsman Savile Row offers the winner an exceptional opportunity to explore the full autonomy of the business while gaining valuable insights within a wider business capacity. They will work closely with various departments such as Marketing, Sales, and Operations, broadening their understanding of the industry and enhancing their professional growth.
We are excited to partner with Fashion Trust Arabia and support its mission of providing a platform for future generations of designers, creators and artisans. This collaboration represents a synergistic alignment of values and vision; FTA's dedication to the support of emerging fashion talent resonates deeply with our own. We are passionate about nurturing new talent in the fashion and design lead industries.
Through this partnership, we aim to provide invaluable and unique opportunities for the award recipient that will empower them to excel in their careers and unlock their full potential, and we believe this partnership is a chance to make a positive impact on the industry, by fostering a more inclusive and vibrant fashion community. The recipient will gain access to unique training and tools, with a comprehensive mentoring program within 11 Savile Row. This opportunity is designed to significantly elevate their visibility within the industry whilst learning the sacred and age-old practices of authentically bespoke making. Moreover, the support we provide extends beyond immediate recognition and exposure, opening doors to collaborations, new business and networking opportunities with established fashion professionals.
With guidance and resources from 11 Savile Row, the recipient of this award will design a capsule collection, co-created with Huntsman, that will debut at Fashion Trust Arabia 2024. Huntsman has a legacy of supporting and fostering new design talent, as well as a history of great design collaborations; the likes of Alexander McQueen, who collaborated with Huntsman on his own bespoke collection in 2016, and more recently, Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga Couture in 2021.
We are proud to host one of the most comprehensive training and internship programmes on Savile Row. Our partnership with Fashion Trust Arabia further cements our commitment, whilst contributing to the future growth and success of these talented individuals and reaffirms our reputation to a new audience, on a global stage.
- Taj Phull, Huntsman Managing Director