Runway Kit Launches Global Search for The Next Top Swimwear Designer

If you are an aspiring designer, you know how difficult it is to break into the industry especially when you do not have the budget. Announced this week, Runway Kit, the digital manufacturing platform that accelerates sustainable apparel production for fashion entrepreneurs and growing brands, is announcing a global search for “The Next Top Swimwear Label”, seeking fresh design talent with dreams of launching their own line.

Here’s where future designers need to pay attention, the winner will receive a manufacturing partnership prize valued at over $10,000 from Runway Kit and its parent company, MAS Holdings, whose global portfolio of brands includes Lululemon, Nike, Calvin Klein, and Victoria’s Secret!

Runway Kit’s Next Top Swimwear Label Competition Will Take in Three Key Rounds:

  • Round 1: Contestants submit a swimwear design that best represents their visions for their brand by filling out a form on the contest landing page.
  • Round 2: Runway Kit’s esteemed panel of judges will select Contestants with the best design aesthetics to proceed in the competition and build out a fuller collection of 3-6 styles using Runway Kit’s intuitive “Ready Styles” process to customize silhouettes, colors, prints, embellishments, patterns, logo. Contestants will also answer a few simple questions about their specific aspirations in fashion and plans for their business.
  • Round 3: Judges will select the top 10 Contestants to present their swimwear collection and business vision in a 15-minute pitch via Zoom call.

The Prizes Include:

First Place Prize

  • Free samples developed for ALL customized ready styles in the collection
  • First bulk (100 pieces) for ONE selected design manufactured 100% free
  • A free custom print developed from KRSTN NDRSN Design Studio, NYC
  • A 30-minute consultation with one of their judges
  • Features across Runway Kit Social Media and the Runway Kit Email Newsletter

Second Place Prizes

  • Free samples developed for FOUR customized ready styles in the collection
  • A 30-minute consultation with one of their judges
  • Features across Runway Kit Social Media and the Runway Kit Email Newsletter

Third Place Prizes

  • Free samples developed for THREE customized ready styles in the collection
  • Features across Runway Kit Social Media and the Runway Kit Email Newsletter

**All other competition participants will also receive 15% off the first Ready Styles sample developed with Runway Kit.

The Judging Panel Includes:

  • Kristen Anderson: Kristen Anderson is the founder of KRSTN NDRSN. She is passionate about designing inclusive, figure-flattering apparel that makes every woman feel her best. Kristen has been in the industry for over 9 years; She was an early team member at Adore Me, she’s also worked on brands like Kona Sol, Victoria’s Secret, Lane Bryant, and many more. She specializes in lingerie & intimates, swimwear, loungewear, and activewear design.
  • Kunal Amalean: Kunal is a Co-founder of Runway Kit and leads business development and partnership initiatives at Runway Kit. His experience includes working with global fashion brands such as Calvin Klein and Victoria’s Secret. Kunal possesses deep knowledge and expertise across the manufacturing value chain, from merchandising and product development to production. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship & Economics from Babson College with certificates from Sloan School of Management at MIT, Columbia Business School, and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
  • Suzy Wakefield: Suzy Wakefield is the founder of Suzy Wakefield Designs. She brings in 20 + years of industry experience and success in building new opportunities within the Intimates, Apparel and Swim categories. She has spent a large part of her career at Victoria’s Secret and has helped to conceptualize and grow key Victoria’s Secret proprietary sub-brands. Suzy has also held leadership roles in Fashion, Lifestyle and Licensed brands and has successfully partnered with manufacturers across all regions to develop collections for companies from Kate Spade to Amazon. 

Submissions for Round 1 of the Design Competition will be open through October 31st, 2020. Design hopefuls can get more information and enter the competition at:  

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Source: Runway Kit