DHL has just announced with ambassador Rachael Finch the three talented finalists of the annual DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship of Rachel Gilbert, We Are Handsome designers Indrha Chagoury and Jeremy Somers and Kym Ellery from Ellery.
Judged by three of Australia\’s top fashion and exporting industry leaders â€“ Jamila Dlala, Global Multi-National Customer Manager from DHL; Lucia Labbate from IMG Fashion; and Australian fashion designer Nicola Finetti â€“ the Scholarship received a number of high calibre entries.
“We looked at the key categories of design, marketing, business and export and were incredibly impressed by these three talented designers. Not only do they have a unique and creative flair for design, they have a strong business sense and direction to cement themselves in both the domestic and international markets,” said Jamila Dlala, Global Multi-National Customer Manager, DHL Express Australia.
On why they chose the three finalists the judges shared:
Rachel Gilbert: “Rachel has shown a strong brand presence within just a few years. This bright young talent is the one to watch and has a huge future ahead of her,” said Lucia Labbate from IMG Fashion.
We Are Handsome: “Indrha and Jeremy have an impressive export strategy backed up by unique prints and designs,” said Jamila Dlala, Global Multi-National Customer Manager from DHL Express Australia.
Kym Ellery: “Ellery\’s designs are absolutely impeccable and beautifully crafted. She has the persistence and attitude to last in this competitive industry,” Nicola Finetti, one of Australia\’s outstanding fashion designers.
The 2011 DHL Fashion Export Scholarship is open to Australian fashion exporters who have been exporting for less than four years. The winner will receive a tailored export mentoring program and international freight to the value of $10,000 from DHL Express.Â In 2010Â Bec & Bridge were the successful winners of the scholarship.
In its second year, the Scholarship aims to identify Australia\’s emerging fashion talent and assist them in achieving international business growth.Â The winner of the 2011 DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship will be announced late July.
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