The Fashion Trust U.S (FTUS), a non-profit initiative founded by Tania Fares, a Lebanese fashion writer based in London and Los Angeles, and intended to support emerging designers, hosted a cocktail last night in Los Angeles at The West Hollywood Edition.
Held to celebrate the announcement of the finalists for the second annual FTUS Awards, the event was attended by board member Anne Crawford, advisory board members Jennifer Meyer, Law Roach and Fashion Trust ambassadors Petra Flannery, designer Rachel Zoe, and designer Ugo Mozie.
Chosen in four different categories, including ready-to-wear, jewelry, graduates and accessories, the winners will also compete in the Sustainability Award and Inclusivity Award categories. Winners will benefit from financial support and mentoring from industry leaders such as Shop with Google, which will be the main sponsor for the Inclusivity and Ready-to-Wear Awards.
Among the names to remember in the Ready-to-Wear category, Batsheva Hay is the designer of a womenswear brand selling dresses for parties and dresses with a Victorian and Prairie sensibility. Charles Harbison of Harbison Studio presents a sustainable and fluid wardrobe, Jack Miner from Interior NYC collaborate on a women’s wardrobe inspired by sportswear, and Americana style, and Jackson Wiederhoeft of Wiederhoeft cultivates a spirit of modern nostalgia in his ready-to-wear and bridal collections.
In the jewelry category, other interesting names will be competing for the Fashion Trust Awards, including Ashley Harris of Don’t Let Disco, a former director at Sotheby’s auction house who launched her jewelry line in 2019, and her playful jewelry spirit. Jade Ruzzo, MoAnA Luu of ManLuu and Mia Vesper of Vesper Obscura will be her competitors.
The 16 finalists of the Fashion Trust U.S 2024 – Courtesy
In the accessories category, New York-based Frenchwoman Marie Laffont and her eponymous shoe brand are among the finalists, alongside Wilglory Tanjong of Anima Iris, a black-owned brand specializing in handbags, Rowell Concepcion of Binata Millinery who pays homage to his Filipino heritage and Esha Soni and her collection of luxury handbags.
Finally, the Graduate category will feature Clara Son, Kelsey Ann Kasom, Madelen Nyau of T1TAN Studio and Yamil Arbaje.
The winners will be announced on April 9.