Mike Amiri has built a global brand, showing at Paris Fashion Week, but his search for the next big thing in fashion is happening at home in the United States. Today, the Californian designer is announcing a new prize for nascent American talent: The Amiri Prize will award one young American designer a $100,000 prize and a yearlong mentorship with Amiri himself. Applications open today, March 17 and continue through April 18. American residents with a fashion business between one and three years old are eligible. The winner will be selected from a panel of judges including Only the Brave president Renzo Rosso; stylist Karla Welch; Y/Project and Diesel creative director Glenn Martens; Harper’s Bazaar’s Nikki Ogunnaike; Union’s Chris Gibbs; and Spunge owner Salehe Bembury.
“As an independent designer, I have had the privilege to forge an unconventional path and find success outside of the current establishment,” the designer said