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Tommy Hilfiger opens applications for Fashion Frontier Challenge 2021

Tom Shearsmith
06 January 2021

Tommy Hilfiger has announced that applications for the third edition of the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge will open from today until 8 March 2021.

The global program aims to support entrepreneurial start-up and scale-up stage businesses that develop solutions that make a positive social impact on the fashion landscape.

Since its inception in 2018, the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge has awarded €350,000 to entrepreneurs who stand up for what they believe in and are committed to driving change within their communities.

Building on Tommy Hilfiger’s sustainability vision to Waste Nothing and Welcome All, the third edition of the program aims to amplify and support black, indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) entrepreneurs who are working to advance their communities.

Tommy Hilfiger commented: “The Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge puts a spotlight on entrepreneurs putting their heart and soul into making a positive social impact in our industry.

“This year, we want to showcase an even more diverse range of perspectives, ideas and communities by supporting BIPOC entrepreneurs. We have a responsibility to drive change across the fashion landscape, and I am honoured to further our commitment to inclusivity and equal representation through the upcoming Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge.”

Interested businesses are invited to submit project proposals that focus on creating a more inclusive fashion value-chain. Applicants will be narrowed down to six finalists who will be invited to develop their project plans virtually with the support of dedicated Tommy Hilfiger and external subject-matter experts.

Finalists will present their final concept to a jury panel and associate audience at the global Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge final event to be held in early 2022.

In a bid to further its ambitions of inclusivity, Tommy Hilfiger has extended an invitation to consumers to join in as Consumer Judges and help decide this year’s finalists. Consumer Judges will be tasked with narrowing down finalists from 200 to 50.

The following program prizes have been increased from previous years, providing winners with the finance and knowledge to grow their business idea:

  • A total of €200,000 awarded between winners and a chance at an additional €15,000 prize for winning the “Audience Favourite Vote”
  • A year-long mentorship with global Tommy Hilfiger’s internal experts
  • A place on the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program (ISEP)
  • A year-long INSEAD mentorship

Martijn Hagman, CEO, Tommy Hilfiger Global concluded: “While the fashion industry has taken positive steps towards becoming more inclusive and diverse, there is still more to be done.

“Through the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge, we are furthering our commitment towards representation and diversity and helping drive the changes we most want, and need, to see.”

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