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37 British Fashion Brands Supported By BFC In 2020


The British Fashion Council (BFC) has just announced its “must keep an eye on” British fashion brands for 2020.

These designers and labels have received support from BFC’s ‘Foundation Fashion Fund‘.

In this article, first I briefly introduce BFC and its critical role in fostering and promoting British fashion.

I will explain how BFC is supporting small British fashion designers, especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Then, I include the full list of 37 British fashion brands supported by BFC.

Finally, I shaw you how to apply for the second round BFC Foundation Fashion Fund.

The BFC Foundation Fashion Fund

British Fashion Council Venue

The BFC was set up in 1983 to promote British fashion, at home and abroad.

Ever since, the BFC co-ordinates fashion weeks, exhibitions, and fashion events.

Through these activities, the BFC helps British designer businesses develop their profiles and business globally.

Part of the BFC, the Foundation Fashion Fund was created in March 2002, for grant-giving purposes.

The role of the foundation is to attract, develop, and retain emerging fashion designers via financial support, education, and business mentoring.

Supporting Small British Fashion Brands During COVID-19

British Fashion Council Supporting small British fashion designers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Right now, in these times of COVID-19 pandemic, the BFC supports creative fashion businesses and individuals to survive the crisis.

In May 2020, the BFC granted an initial £1,000,000 in financial support and mentoring, to 37 British designer businesses.

The first-round was possible thanks to Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, GQ Designer Menswear Fund supported by, NEWGEN: ARCH & HOOK, BFC Fashion Trust Supporters, Browns, Burberry, depop, European Regional Development Fund, HSBC, Mayor of London, Paul Smith, Revlon Professional, Rodial, and Bicester Village Shopping Collection.

The grants were allocated to viable enterprises, depending on the level of urgency and capability to come through and thrive, post-crisis.

Another portion of funds was allocated to emerging fashion students, underpinning the future generation of creative talent.

British Fashion Brands Of 2020

Without further ado, here are the 37 upcoming British clothing and accessories fashion brands supported by the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund.

In alphabetical order:

1. 16Arlington

Helmed by design duo – and real-life couple – Marco Capaldo and Federica Cavenati, the business has anchored its confident narrative in ‘design for a good time’; clothes with stories to tell the morning after.

16Arlington 2020 collection

Capaldo and Cavenati create extraordinary and uncompromising couture for women around the world.

Their group of supporters includes celebs such as Solange Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Adwoa Aboah, Lena Dunham, Celeste and Jorja Smith.

16Arlington 2020 collection

2. Ahluwalia

Priya Ahluwalia launched her namesake brand, Ahluwalia, in 2018 after graduating with an MA in Menswear from the University of Westminster.

In April this year, after successfully getting to the LVMH Prize semi-final, it was announced that Ahluwalia was awarded the joint winning LVMH Prize 2020.

Ahluwalia 2020 collection

Through her namesake brand, “Ahluwalia”, Priya takes elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage and London roots.

It explores the life of vintage and deadstock apparel, using textile techniques to give them new life.

The brand focuses on creating unique, forward-thinking garments for the modern man, using responsible materials and manufacturing techniques.

Ahluwalia 2020 collection

3. Alighieri

Alighieri 2020 collectionAlighieri 2020 collection

4. Aries

Aries 2020 collection Aries 2020 collection


ART SCHOOL 2020 collectionART SCHOOL 2020 collection

6. Bethany Williams

Bethany Williams 2020 collectionBethany Williams 2020 collection


BIANCA SAUNDERS 2020 collectionBIANCA SAUNDERS 2020 collection

8. Chalayan

Chalayan 2020 collectionChalayan 2020 collection

9. Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY

Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY 2020 collectionCharles Jeffrey LOVERBOY 2020 collection

10. Chopova Lowena

Chopova Lowena 2020 collectionChopova Lowena 2020 collection


CRAIG GREEN 2020 collectionCRAIG GREEN 2020 collection

12. David Koma (VDFF 2020)

David Koma 2020 collectionDavid Koma 2020 collection

13. E. Tautz

E. Tautz 2020 collectionE. Tautz 2020 collection

14. E.L.V. DENIM

E.L.V. DENIM 2020 collectionE.L.V. DENIM 2020 collection

15. Edeline Lee

Edeline Lee 2020 collection Edeline Lee 2020 collection


EFTYCHIA 2020 collectionEFTYCHIA 2020 collection

17. Halpern

Halpern 2020 collectionHalpern 2020 collection

18. King & Tuckfield

King & Tuckfield 2020 collectionKing & Tuckfield 2020 collection

19. Kwaidan Editions

Kwaidan Editions 2020 collectionKwaidan Editions 2020 collection

20. Liam Hodges

Liam Hodges 2020 collectionLiam Hodges 2020 collection

21. Matty Bovan

Matty Bovan 2020 collectionMatty Bovan 2020 collection

22. Metier

Metier 2020 collectionMetier 2020 collection

23. Nabil Nayal

Nabil Nayal 2020 collection Nabil Nayal 2020 collection


NEOUS 2020 collectionNEOUS 2020 collection

25. Nicholas Daley

Nicholas Daley 2020 collectionNicholas Daley 2020 collection

26. Palmer//Harding

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PAPER LONDON 2020 collectionPAPER LONDON 2020 collection

28. paria /FARZANEH

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PER GOTESSON 2020 collectionPER GOTESSON 2020 collection

30. Phoebe English

Phoebe English 2020 collectionPhoebe English 2020 collection


RAEBURN 2020 collectionRAEBURN 2020 collection

32. Rejina Pyo

Rejina Pyo 2020 collectionRejina Pyo 2020 collection

33. Richard Malone

Richard Malone 2020 collectionRichard Malone 2020 collection


RICHARD QUINN 2020 collectionRICHARD QUINN 2020 collection


ROKSANDA 2020 collectionROKSANDA 2020 collection

36. Stefan Cooke

Stefan Cooke 2020 collectionStefan Cooke 2020 collection

37. Toogood

Toogood 2020 collectionToogood 2020 collection

BFC Fashion Foundation Fund – The Second Round

Following the initial round the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund, it has raised an additional £500,000.

For the second round of funds, the BFC credits Amazon Fashion, John Lewis & Partners, Alexander McQueen, Clearpay, Browns, Cadogan, and The Coach Foundation for their generous donations.

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The fresh funds allow BFC to accept applications, for a second round.

The BFC continues to fundraise and will reopen applications every time the £500,000 milestone is reached.

Profits from the sales of the ‘Great British Designers Face Coverings’ project in collaboration with ‘Bags of Ethics‘ also contributed to reaching the first milestone.

Retailers for the project include John Lewis & Partners, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Boots, and ASOS.

You can apply for the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund, via the BFC website.

Deadline to submit your application is Friday 7th August 2020.

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