Tommy Hilfiger continues to believe in the importance of mentoring and supporting talented individuals who have the drive to turn bold ideas into reality. The future success of our industry depends on proactively discovering and nurturing innovative projects that can create real social change. The global Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge aims to support entrepreneurial start-up and scale-up stage businesses developing solutions that promote inclusive and positive change in fashion.
“Through the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge we continue to mentor and support social entrepreneurs who are putting their heart and soul into addressing issues they strongly believe in. This celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and determined optimism at the heart of our brand DNA.”- Tommy Hilfiger
The second year of the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge launched on March 21, 2019. Interested businesses were invited to submit project proposals that focus on inclusive fashion. Over a multi-stage four month process, applicants were narrowed down to six finalists who will pitch their finalized concept at the global Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge final event in February 2020, where a prestigious jury panel will award €150,000 among two winners to support their ventures.
The winners will also receive a year-long mentorship with Tommy Hilfiger’s experts globally as well as INSEAD experts, in addition to a place on the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program (ISEP). An additional €10,000 will be awarded to the finalist who wins the “Audience Favorite Vote”.
The finalists include:
Bangladesh-based scale-up, Apon Wellbeing, opens fair-priced shops carrying daily necessities inside factories, with products offered at a 10% discount to external prices and a points scheme that workers collect for free health-insurance and health services.
American scale-up, Stony Creek Colors, offers natural indigo sustainable crops to small and mid-size tobacco farmers who are at risk of losing their income due to falling tobacco sales. The cash crop provided by Stony Creek Colors enables the farmers to retain their livelihood.
Dutch start-up, A Beautiful Mess, runs a creative space to assist refugees in realizing social and economic independence by creating sustainable apparel products.
U.S.-based start-up company Lab141 creates small batches of made-to-fit clothing using 3D printing. Through these methods, Lab141 is promoting and bringing to life the concept of “sizeless” fashion.
Indian scale-up pajama company Sudara develops professional and sewing skills in women who have escaped from or are at high risk of being sex trafficked.
Hailing from France, scale-up company Constant & Zoe creates functional and fashionable clothing for men, women and children with disabilities.