Interview: Kerry Bannigan, Founder of Nolcha Fashion Week
|Kerry Bannigan and Arthur Mandel|
NOLCHA FASHION WEEK is a leading award winning event, held during New York Fashion Week, for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers.
Co-Founder and CEO of Nolcha Fashion Week: New York, Kerry Bannigan, wanted to build and grow what she envisioned as an event that supported the independent business of fashion to industry standard, and held during New York Fashion Week, to give aspiring fashion brands the opportunity to showcase at a key time and to decision makers.
When she moved to New York City from UK after studying English and Communications at university Bannigan met a lot of people from the fashion industry. She soon discovered the various obstacles that aspiring independent fashion designers face, specifically having a professional industry standard runway show during New York Fashion Week. In 2007, with the help of her business partner, Arthur Mandel, Bannigan launched Nolcha Fashion Week: New York as a platform for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers.
"The fashion industry is an incredible business that impacts many peoples lives and also interconnects so much of society," said Bannigan when asked to expand on her initial motive for developing Nolcha Fashion Week and for reaching out to independent designs. "Being able to support and work with the variety of professionals who bring this together through many stages is an incredible journey. I enjoy helping people achieve their goals and supporting new talent to thrive. Working with independent fashion designers aligns naturally with this."