Paul Andrew walks away with top CFDA/Vogue prize
The British-born designer makes his way to the top
Joining the ranks of American designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School, Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra, US-based Paul Andrew received one of the most prestigious prizes in the fashion industry this week.
Since the announcement of their candidacy over the Summer, the ten finalists of the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund have been through a four-month journey of judging panels, studio tours, runway shows and trying to run their business' as usual – which all boiled down to one night in New York, where the CFDA announced their winner yesterday. Coming in the form of accessories and footwear, Paul Andrew who's known for his eponymous line of luxury women's shoes, was the man of the hour as he won the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award.
Cultivating his beautiful craft over fifteen years, Andrew has worked within iconic fashion houses such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen and Narciso Rodriguez, securing his signature style of glamour, modernity and craftsmanship in his own label since 2013.
Now, Andrew can take his designs to the next level as he will receive $300,000 to invest in his label – as part of the award – and a yearlong mentorship with an industry veteran to help them grown their business. While the two runners-up, Eva Zuckerman for Eva Fehren and Ryan Roche, will each receive $100,000 and a mentorship as well.