The DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship has announced its three ﬁnalists, one of whom will win international freight to the value of NZ$10,000, plus coaching in freight and logistics, mentoring, and a membership subscription to Fashion Industry New Zealand.
Blak Luxe, Salasai and Twenty-Seven Names are the newest recruits to join an already impressive list of DHL past nominees and winners.
Stolen Girlfriends’ Club and Lonely Hearts are previous winners. DHL has also introduced the programme into Australia, where Bec & Bridge was the ﬁrst recipient.
Eligible designers must have sold offshore for less than four years. Applicants had to provide a design portfolio and key trading ﬁgures, as well as an export and marketing strategy for their product over the next 12 months.
The judging panel this year featured: iconic New Zealand fashion designer Kate Sylvester; Erica Crawford, co-founder of Kim Crawford Wines; FINZ executive ofﬁcer Mapihi Opai; and strategic account manger (fashion) for DHL Express New Zealand, Linda Turner.
The winner is announced December 6.—Roanna Bell