NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is pleased to announce the launch of New York Fashion Week: Men's, a standalone showcase for American men's fashion. Skylight Clarkson Sq will serve as the official home of New York Fashion Week: Men's. Kicking off with the Spring 2016 collections, the event is scheduled to run July 13-16, 2015. CFDA, which owns the Fashion Calendar, will organize the biannual initiative aligned with New York Men's Market Week.
New York Fashion Week: Men's will be presented by Amazon's fashion sites – including Amazon Fashion, East Dane, and MyHabit – with additional support Shinola.
"American menswear has never been stronger or more creative. There are many reasons the CFDA is launching New York Fashion Week: Men's," said Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA. "It gives the designers a business platform to show during their market dates and is an opportunity to demonstrate the collective talent of an important segment of our industry. The effort to create standalone men's shows is not just backed by CFDA and participating designers, but also by the American editors and retailers who have contributed as we have built this, and they will continue to be involved in our planning. We are so appreciative to have, from early on, Amazon's fashion group as our Presenting Sponsor, and we are thankful to have Shinola involved as well."
"When the CFDA decided to create a dedicated men's fashion week in New York, we knew we wanted to help in a meaningful way," said Cathy Beaudoin, President of Amazon Fashion. "We are committed to our menswear business across Amazon Fashion, East Dane, and MyHabit, and are proud to support an initiative that both celebrates strong design and talent, and solves a very real challenge for menswear designers today."
New York Fashion Week: Men's will feature a combination of runway shows, presentations and special events.
CFDA Board Member Tommy Hilfiger was an early champion of New York Fashion Week: Men's and will take part in the inaugural event. Calvin Klein Collection, Michael Kors, Rag & Bone, Public School, Billy Reid, Todd Snyder, Michael Bastian, Ovadia & Sons, Robert Geller, Duckie Brown, Patrik Ervell, Timo Weiland and Kent and Curwen are also among those participating in New York Fashion Week: Men's, with more names to be confirmed.
The program was developed under CFDA's Director of Strategic Partnerships, Adam Roth. Mark Beckham joined the CFDA in a consultant capacity as Project Director for New York Fashion Week: Men's. The event will be produced by Inca Productions.
About the CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 480 of America's foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. The mission of the Council of Fashion Designers of America is to strengthen the influence and success of American Fashion Designers in the global economy.
About Amazon Fashion, East Dane, and MyHabit
Amazon's portfolio of fashion sites – Amazon Fashion, East Dane, and MyHabit – offers the newest and most-wanted pieces of the season, along with the classics and basics that make up the foundation of every wardrobe. Amazon Fashion, a fast-growing division of Seattle-based Amazon.com, Inc., is a destination for head-to-toe style, offering clothing, shoes, and accessories from a wide range of iconic, designer, contemporary, and classic brands for men, women, and kids. East Dane, brother site to Shopbop, is a global online shopping destination for men's apparel and accessories, featuring up-and-coming and leading brands. MyHabit is a membership-only sale site offering up to 60% off hand-picked selections for women, men, kids and home. Amazon Fashion, East Dane, and MyHabit offer Amazon Prime members unique benefits backed by Amazon's award-winning customer service.
Skylight is New York's largest event venue development firm. Specializing in the adaptive-reuse of historic properties, Skylight provides the backdrop upon which the elite in fashion, design and tech host the world's most renowned events. The latest venue in the company's portfolio, Skylight Clarkson Sq, was once the southern terminal of the High Line. Spanning three city blocks, its scale and scope gives designers the opportunity to build their brand into the architecture of the space for maximum impact both at the show and in media. Skylight's partnership with the CFDA, which began with the inaugural CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2004, represents the company's continued commitment to incubating designers. Skylight believes that enabling designers' creativity energizes New York while influencing the world.
About Inca Productions
Inca Productions is a global creative event production agency. Founded in 1998 by Nina Ferguson and Charlotte Clark, Inca's history is rooted in creative fashion production working globally on ground breaking events for clients such as Chanel, Dunhill, IWC, Vertu, Anya Hindmarch and the British Fashion Council. Inca opened an office in New York in May 2013.
SOURCE The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)