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Mr Porter Launches Global Menswear Designer Mentorship Programme

Previous experience in designing or the wider fashion industry isn't a requirement

Mr Porter Futures is open to anyone across the globe and aims to identify and nurture new design talent from outside the fashion mainstream. 

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the menswear e-tailer is launching Mr Porter Futures – a twelve month-long programme that will mentor three up-and-coming menswear designers, or designer duos, between September this year and next. 

The first in what promises to be an annual event aims to promote themes of craftsmanship, discovery, inclusivity and community, all key values to at Mr Porter. The goal, according to a statement released by the menswear e-tailer, is "to discover original voices, lift new talent and introduce them on a global stage by breaking down the barriers to luxury fashion."

Previous experience in designing or the wider fashion industry isn't a requirement but rather, applicants can expect to be judged not only on the strength of their ideas, but how well those ideas align with the Mr Porter brand. 

Potential applicants can apply from today and before the 6th June 2021.

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The year-long programme

The three selected designers or design duos will commit to a year-long programme of workshops and one-to-one coaching, benefiting from access to leading mentors in the fashion industry alongside Mr Porter’s in-house team of buyers, designers, and creative and marketing experts.

Beyond the mentoring and coaching, each designer will gain the essential marketing and retail skills required to build successful, standalone brands in an increasingly competitive marketplace, while also designing, developing and delivering their very own responsibly sourced and produced collections, to be made available to buy on Mr Porter in September 2022.

The Mr Porter Futures selection committee is composed of fashion designers Nicholas Daley and Reese Cooper, stylist Julie Ragolia, Beams & Co director Tatsuo Hino, head of Centre for Fashion Enterprise Judith Tolley, alongside Mr Porter’s own style director Olie Arnold and buying director Sam Kershaw. 

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