St. Louis Fashion Week has announced it will award a $10,000 grand prize to a fashion brand and a second place prize of $5,000 in a fashion-meets-”Shark Tank” style grant competition beginning this September.
The competition, in partnership with Caleres (formerly Brown Shoe Co.), will be part of a larger 10-week, fashion-focused event beginning Sept. 1 to commemorate the ten year anniversary of St. Louis Fashion Week.
As part of the competition, fashion entrepreneurs will pitch their business idea to a panel of business and fashion experts, including representatives from Arch Grants, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Toky Brand & Design, St. Louis Fashion Fund, and Alive Magazine. Those selected as finalists will compete for the cash prizes at the Caleres Fashion Entrepreneur Competition event on Nov. 10, where they will present their proposals and collection.
Applications for the competition are open to St. Louis-based apparel and accessories makers and brands now through Sept. 30. Finalists will be announced Oct. 14.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch