Philadelphia, PA, January 22, 2014 – DESIGN FOR BRAD SMITH is an innovative, nationwide competition to discover the next up & coming menswear fashion designer. Design for Brad Smith will create opportunities for the winner, using its established network to further the emerging designer’s media exposure and assist with introductions in the fashion industry. Regarding submissions, Philadelphia Eagles, WR Brad Smith says, “I’d tell the participants to keep it simple. I like clean, classic lines with a bit of an edge.” On launching the competition, “Someone took a chance with me and I always want to pay it forward”, says Brad.
Submission Process and Timeline The competition runs from Thursday, January 2, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m. EST to Thursday, January 23, 2014, 5:00 p.m. EST. Applicants are required to “Like” Brad’s Facebook fan page, use pre-selected swatches from Mood Fabrics as inspiration for sketching and complete the submission process online. For official rules and guidelines go to: http://www.designforbradsmith.com
Fashion Industry Judges Panel Brian Boye, Fashion Director, Men’s Health; George Robles, Creative Director for Universal Music Group & Trukfit Experience, Eman Awuro, Fashion/Creative Director Fourfront1602, Rita Kahn, CEO, Fashion TV; William Wilson, CEO William Wilson Men’s Clothier, and Jacqueline Quinn, Couture Designer.
Grand Prize Package The Grand Prize package valued at $20,000 gives the winning designer a well-rounded opportunity to learn from fashion industry professionals and garner significant exposure in the process. Prize package highlights include:
An exclusive (1) one-month internship with Intricate Concepts Inc. in Manhattan and a chance to score a manufacturing deal with Intricate Concepts Inc.
One-year brand management representation with Destined for Success Management (D4SM)
Exclusive six-month fashion branding representation with The Lane Style House
All expenses paid trip to NYC, with 2-nights accommodations and ground transportation
Professional patterning and production of the winning design
A fashionable afternoon with Brad Smith at a Mercedes-Benz fashion week show (Lincoln Center) plus a walk on the Red Carpet with Brad wearing your design
Your design photographed on Brad for editorial in Traffic Magazine
ABOUT BRAD SMITH Drafted as a Wide Receiver/Quarterback, Brad proved to be a versatile and valuable member of the New York Jets organization, making plays not only in those positions, but also as a running back and on special teams. During his rookie year, he was awarded the Jets’ Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award for his consistent cooperation and professionalism in dealing with various team departments. In December 2009, he returned a kickoff for a 106-yard touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts, completing the longest kickoff return in NY Jets history and tying for the second longest kickoff return in NFL history. In 2011 after the NFL lockout, he was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an unrestricted free agent and earned most of his playtime in wildcat formations. To date, Smith is the only NFL player in history to score touchdowns on kickoff return (three times), reception (twice), rush (twice), blocked punt (once) and also threw a touchdown pass. Smith enjoys spending time with his wife, Rosalynn and their son, Bradley Alexander Smith, Jr. and empowering inner city youth through his foundation and now making a place for himself in fashion.
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ABOUT MEN’S HEALTH Men’s Health is the number one source of information for and about men. It’s the brand for active, successful, professional men who want greater control over their physical, mental and emotional lives. We give men the tools they need to make their lives better through in-depth reporting covering everything from fashion and grooming to health and nutrition as well as cutting-edge gear, the latest entertainment, timely features and more.
ABOUT INTRICATE CONCEPTS At Intricate Concepts, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by designing outside the box followed by our expertise in technical execution and knowledge of manufacturing. Our purpose is to satisfy the client’s needs with the best possible solution, therefore generating the best margins. Intricate Concepts has grossed hundreds of millions of dollars annually for their clientele from behind the scenes. We understand placement in today’s market by filling in niches and current trends. Founded in 2001 by Raymond Wong and Joseph Mbeh, Intricate Concepts caters to many international and local brands, from big to small. We specialize in apparel design, manufacturing, fashion packaging, corporate branding, print, and web design. Intricate Concepts strives to remain dominant as the premiere design firm and production powerhouse for the industry. Dedicated to providing creative design and manufacturing solutions to retailers and wholesalers.
ABOUT WINDSOR CUSTOM Windsor Custom is a by appointment only Men’s Custom Clothing Living Room nestled beneath The Ainsworth, New York City’s #1 rated sports bar. An elegant lounge space featuring a private bar, HD flat-screen television, pool table, and specialized tasting menu provides the quintessential setting for the stylish, discerning gentleman looking for a truly tailored experience. Windsor Custom co-Founder Brian Mazza developed an appreciation for the finest in menswear at an early age through his father, who instilled a love of fashion and understanding of quality, cut and design. A native New Yorker, he attended the University of Rhode Island where he majored in Communications and dedicated a year to pursue his true passion and studied Fashion and Art in Florence, Italy at Lorenzo de Medici. Windsor Custom combines Mazza’s expertise and love of the best in entertainment and dressing. Since the debut of the custom menswear brand, Mazza has dressed influencers ranging from actor Albert Brooks for the Golden Globes and chef Todd English to professional athletes such as Ryan Lochte, Ramses Barden, Brandon Prust and Willie Colon to musician Diplo. He has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Details, Esquire, The Financial Times, Forbes, Essential Homme, Gotham, Mens Health, Robb Report, and Time Out New York among other publications. Follow @BrianMazza and @WindsorCustom
ABOUT JEN ABRAMS STYLE Jen Abrams has become one of the industry’s foremost authorities on all things stylish. She has created a multi-faceted career from covering Fashion Week for various outlets, styling editorial photo shoots and consulting with emerging brands and more. Jen’s vast knowledge of the industry has made her one of the most sought after talents. With an MBA in Marketing, she has worked for legendary designers such as Calvin Klein and has a thorough knowledge of the business side of the fashion and beauty industry. As the Fashion Production Supervisor for the multinational corporation, QVC, she worked with fashion icons ranging from Rachel Zoe to Isaac Mizrahi to the Kardashians. As a magazine Lifestyle Editor and Fashion Stylist, Jen has styled professional athletes, TV personalities, celebrities, business executives and high proï¬le socialites for both fashion spreads and feature editorials. Jen was also the contributing Fashion Editor for London-based magazine, Fashion Salade and continues to write for various fashion publications. Most recently People Stylewatch named Jen their On Campus Celebrity Stylist where Jen spoke to college students about trends, dressing for success and style on a budget.
ABOUT DESTINED FOR SUCCESS MANAGEMENT (D4SM) In today’s sports and entertainment world, athletes have become a very marketable commodity. Their lives-both on and off the playing field-are incorporated into various media. As professional athletes excel in their careers there is a need for personal attention and expertise in order to develop his or herself as either a brand or a business. Destined for Success Management, LLC is a full-service sports public relations, brand marketing, management and consulting firm that offers personalized attention to each client and provide the necessary expertise and medium for advancement pre and post career.
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