Introducing the Vision Expo 2020 Talent Search supported by the edCFDA

The eyewear designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (edCFDA) and Vision Expo are pleased to support emerging designers. This competition aims to foster the talent of emerging designers and is open to all eyewear designers.

Two final winners will be introduced to the creative eyewear community with complimentary booths in Vision Expo’s new emerging designer incubator neighborhood, The Springs.

The winners will also be given recognition during a celebratory event on Thursday, March 26 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in The River, Vision Expo’s new home for brands with unique, ownable culture and respected industry position.

The event will be open to all participants at Vision Expo East, with special invitations distributed to fellow designers, OPTImum buyers and prestigious members of the fashion, business and trade media.

To be eligible for consideration, designers must demonstrate the following:

  • Business is legally headquartered in the United States; 
  • Business was established after Jan. 1, 2016; 
  • Annual sales are equal to one million or less; and
  • Press and social media support.

Applications are due no later than January 20, 2020.  The form to apply can be found lower on this web page.

Applicants will be judged by seven legendary eyewear designers from the edCFDA including:

Apply Legendary Designers
  •  Christian Roth, founder of Christian Roth Eyewear
  •  Jeff Press, chief creative officer for Morgenthal Frederics & Robert Marc NYC
  •  Gai Gherardi, co-founder and designer of l.a.Eyeworks
  •  Patty Perreira, co-founder and designer of Barton Perreira
  •  Selima Salaun, owner and designer of Selima Optique
  •  Shane Baum, founder and designer of Leisure Society
  •  Blake Kuwahara, founder and creative director of Blake Kuwahara Eyewear


The search is on Apply Here

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1. OUTLINE WHY YOU THINK YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING DURING VISION EXPO EAST 2020 (200 WORDS OR LESS)
2. PLEASE UPLOAD A PDF BRAND PRESENTATION DECK THAT REPRESENTS YOUR BODY OF PROFESSIONAL WORK, YOUR BACKGROUND & CURRENT PRESS.
 
 



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