The designers behind two hot emerging brands — Chloe Gosselin and Newbark duo Maryam and Marjan Malakpour — were named finalists for the 2016 award on Wednesday evening in New York.
Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez made the announcement at their Soho store. Other names vying for the award are Adam Selman, Area’s Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk, Brock Collection’s Kristopher Brock and Laura Vassar, Ji Oh, Krewe du Optic’s Stirling Barrett, Morgan Lane’s Morgan Curtis, Rochambeau’s Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper and Stampd’s Chris Stamp.
Over the next several months, the competitors will participate in a variety of challenges. The winner, who will receive a $400,000 prize, will be announced at a gala on Nov. 7. Two runners-up will each receive $150,000.
This year’s footwear competitors have been steadily growing their businesses. Gosselin continues to diversify her elegant, feminine collection with a broader array of styles, and she has been building her retail presence with big names such as Barneys New York.
Since launching Newbark in 2009, the Malakpour sisters have been ardent supporters of Made in America, specifically Made in Los Angeles, where they produce their burgeoning collection.