“It is incredible to see the upcoming generation of fashion leaders and their concepts for the future of fashion, that reject gender binaries and promote individuality and freedom of expression. At Pacsun, we are committed to offering innovative gender-neutral collections, and the two winners align perfectly with our mission. We are thrilled and honored to foster their journey and bring their designs to life,” says Brieane (Brie) Olson President of Pacsun.
Over the past several months, more than 200 students across FSF Alumni and the Class of 2021 FSF Scholars submitted their designs for an original gender-neutral capsule collection, tapping into creativity, identity, and storytelling. Eight finalists had the opportunity to present their visions earlier this month to a panel of industry leaders and two young designers were officially chosen.
The judging panel included Calyann Barnett (Stylist, Creative Director, and founder of The Shop Miami), Whembley Sewell (Editor-in-Chief, them.), Jérôme LaMaar (Creative Director / Designer and Stylist), Ashley Cimone (co-founder of New York–based design label ASHYA unisex travel accessories), Co-Chief Executive Officer of Pacsun Alfred Chang, VP of Men’s Merchandising Richard Cox, and Executive Director of the Fashion Scholarship Fund Peter Arnold.
“The FSF received an impressive breadth of gender-neutral design submissions, a reflection of the remarkable and diverse talent in our network of scholarship winners. Ultimately,