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DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship

Aimed at identifying New Zealand’s hottest emerging fashion exporter and assist them in achieving international growth, the scholarship is open to designers who have been exporting for less than four years. But hurry! Applications close October 29.

Emerging fashion designers and exporters have a chance to get their foot in the door overseas with the fifth annual DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship.

The winner of the scholarship will receive international freight to the value of NZ$10,000, as well as coaching in freight and logistics from DHL Express.

All three finalists will likewise receive individual export mentoring and an annual membership subscription from Fashion Industry New Zealand (FINZ).

“It is very important for the industry that new fashion companies make that big step into export and are successful at it. This scholarship provides much needed assistance for talented New Zealand fashion exporters, but also lends a tremendous amount of credibility to help them win business offshore,” said Paul Blomfield, FINZ executive officer.

For last year’s winner, Hamilton-based fashion brand NYNE, the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship has been tremendously valuable.

“We urge all those considering entering the awards to do so. Winning the award has really boosted our brand image and credibility nationally and internationally. Not only that, the entry itself forces you to take a look at your business, its successes and weaknesses, an invaluable exercise,” says Miranda Scott-Simmonds, co-founder and designer of NYNE.

Entrants are required to complete an official application form and submit lookbooks from previous collections. Applications will be judged across several categories, including ‘brand and design’, ‘sales and marketing’ and ‘export strategy’.

DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship opened for entries on Monday, 1 October 2012 but you'll have to hurry – the deadline for entries is Monday, October 29, 2012. To download an application form, go to the FINZ websiteExternal Link / New Window