We received a press release tonight from one of our PR contacts in New York.
Fellow Vanderbilt University graduate TImo Weiland has received the 2014 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award. He receives a $25,000 grant to help showcase his collection at New York’s Fall 2014 Fashion Week. He and two other designers were awarded – DEGEN and NOVIS.
Now in its 13th season, the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation has awarded $1.8 million in support of emerging designers, and helped to launch the careers of many of today’s best and brightest fashion stars, including Zac Posen, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung.
About Timo Weiland – Men’s Designer
Born in rural Nebraska and raised between Jacksonville, Florida and New York City, Timo Weiland expressed an early interest in fashion from his upbringing in urban and pastoral environments. Training from his mother at an early age in sewing coupled with an understanding of fabric, led to his eventual design pursuits.
Alan Eckstein was born and raised in Great Neck, New York, where he was immersed in music and art and supported by a close relationship with his grandmother who is a successful interior designer in Manhattan.
Donna Kang was born and raised in Vancouver, BC Canada. She was a mover-and-shaker in the nightlife, music, and fashion scene in central Vancouver before moving to New York City to study at Fashion Institute of Technology.
Timo graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and then worked in corporate investment banking for Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. in New York. Alan attended Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and interned for ADAM by Adam Lippes for two years where he met Donna. After internships and freelance positions in the fashion industry, Alan and Timo met and quickly developed a compelling dialogue, which ultimately led to a design partnership. Donna worked at Carolina Herrera for two years before joining the team full-time.
Timo and Alan’s mutual interest in European history, travel, and underground music as well as a shared flair for dapper dressing promoted an engaging creative exchange. Debuting their first men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collection for Spring-Summer 2010, the collection firmly established their romantic, yet modern edge to dandy downtown dressing. Based in and inspired by New York City, the Timo Weiland collection reflects Timo, Alan, and Donna’s personal aesthetic sensibilities and a broader desire to spur a return to the art of dressing.
“The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation is one of the first and one of the most coveted emerging designer awards programs in the fashion industry,” said Marylou Luther, Editor of The International Fashion Syndicate and a judge for the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation. “This year’s winners represent an exciting blend of backgrounds, influences and approaches that highlight the promise of today’s young designers and complement an already impressive list of winners. The words Ecco Domani are the perfect metaphor for what these awards represent to the American fashion industry literally and figuratively—here’s tomorrow!”
Visit www.eccodomani.com for more information and to see a complete list of Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation alumni.
ABOUT ECCO DOMANI
Ecco Domani wines embody the stylish, contemporary side of Northern Italy. A perfect partner to a wide range of foods, Ecco Domani wines offer bright fruit flavors and a fresh, approachable style. These wines are a go-to choice for savvy hosts who want to celebrate the everyday. Beyond the wine glass, Ecco Domani supports up-and-coming designers through the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation. To learn more about Ecco Domani Wines, visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/eccodomani.