Tommy Hilfiger has announced the finalists set to compete in the 2019 Fashion Frontier Challenge.
Headed by the American fashion designer, the annual competition seeks to support entrepreneurial businesses developing solutions that promote inclusive and positive change in the industry.
Now, Hilfiger and his fellow jurors have narrowed down 420 applicants to just six finalists, each of whom will develop and refine their business for the next stage in the competition.
They include Bangladesh-based scale-up, Apon Wellbeing, which opens fair-priced shops carrying daily necessities inside factories, American scale-up, Stony Creek Colors, which offers natural indigo sustainable crops to small and mid-size tobacco farmers, Dutch start-up, A Beautiful Mess, which runs a creative space to assist refugees in realising social and economic independence, U.S.-based start-up Lab 141, which creates small batches of made-to-fit clothing using 3D printing, Indian scale-up pyjama company Sudara, and French brand Constant & Zoe, which creates functional and fashionable clothing for people with disabilities.
"It is inspiring to see the second edition of the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge draw so many applicants working towards a more inclusive and sustainable fashion landscape," said Hilfiger in a statement. "We are committed to championing bright, innovative solutions to some of our industry's big challenges, and I'm looking forward to returning as a jury member to recognise this year's entrepreneurs. Their shared optimism and commitment to a positive future should inspire us all in the impact we can make together."
Alongside Hilfiger, the competition jurors include Zilingo co-founder Ankiti Bose, journalist Noor Tagouri, Tommy Hilfiger executives Daniel Grieder and Martijn Hagman, as well as Willemijn Verloop, Steven Serneels, and Katrin Ley.
The jury will award $166,000 (£127,000) between two winners to fund the advancement of their business proposals.
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