Home / Knowledge / News / Fashion / Urban Outfitters & Arts Thread to host design contest
Urban Outfitters & Arts Thread to host design contest
Nov '13
Urban Outfitters has partnered with Arts Thread, the world's leading network for new creatives, on a unique series of design competitions that will launch the careers of emerging talent worldwide.

By offering graduates an opportunity to see their creative dreams realized, Arts Thread and Urban Outfitters are bridging the gap between education and industry one competition at a time.

Alex Brownless and Katie Dominy started Arts Thread after realizing that there were no digital platforms that solely promoted new creative talent. Seizing the opportunity to create something totally unique, they launched a print magazine showcasing new creative talent in Europe. Now, just over four years later, Arts Thread has evolved into an International digital platform that showcases new talent from over forty countries worldwide.

“Urban Outfitters has partnered with Arts Thread as part of our ongoing commitment to discovering and fostering young talent,” explains Chad Kessler, Chief Merchandising Officer, Urban Outfitters North America.”

Arts Thread is the largest online community of young designers, and through our Make It competitions we can provide opportunities to anyone within the Arts Thread network, no matter what country they live in or what school that designer attended.”

In an effort to help launch the careers of recent graduates and provide a showcase for their talent, Urban Outfitters has created Make It competitions across each division of the brand, including apparel, accessories and home.

For its first installment of Make It, it asked fashion students across the globe to design the perfect party outfit for our Winter Holiday 2013 collection. Five winning designs were selected to be produced and sold exclusively at Urban Outfitters stores, providing the talented designers behind each garment global exposure in addition to a cash prize.

The Arts Thread X UO Make It Holiday collection includes a Chiffon Tunic Dress by University of Salford graduate Kate Hinchliffe, a plaid dress by Ravensbourne graduate Nicolette Nadimi, a Fringe Maxi Dress by Northumbria University graduate Charlotte Sowerby, a Silky Jacket by Joanne Miller, also from the University of Salford and a Mesh Jumpsuit by Manchester University graduate Natalie Deryer.

“It’s fantastic that Urban Outfitters believes in Arts Thread’s vision of helping new design talent succeed," says ARTS THREAD Founder Alex Brownless. “Together Urban Outfitters and Arts Thread have a common goal, which is democratic and based solely upon design talent. It really doesn't matter who you are, where you are from or, for that matter, which university or school you have studied at, as genuine talent will never go unnoticed!”

Arts Thread X Urban Outfitters Make It will continue with a Women’s Apparel & Accessories Edition for Festival 2014, a Home Edition launching in the Fall of 2014 and a Gift Shop Edition for Holiday 2014.

Must ReadView All

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 22nd Feb 2020

Pharr sells Pharr High Performance to Coats Group

Pharr, a provider of differentiated textile products and assorted...

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 22nd Feb 2020

TOAI highlights importance of textiles in auto industry

The first edition of the conference 'Textile Opportunities in a...

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 22nd Feb 2020

Cocona's 37.5 fibres to have new biodegradable additive

All of the 37.5 staple fibres and filament yarns by Cocona, will now...

Interviews View All

Top executives, Textile industry

Top executives
Textile industry

Knowledge sharing platform needed for sustainable water management

Mohammad Mamun Ar Rashid, UL VS Bangladesh Ltd

Mohammad Mamun Ar Rashid
UL VS Bangladesh Ltd

Productivity, creativity and innovation play a vital role in the growth of ...

Cyril Pereira, Reed Exhibitions India, organiser of Asian Machine Tool Exhibition 2016

Cyril Pereira
Reed Exhibitions India, organiser of Asian Machine Tool Exhibition 2016

'Major problem in the textile machinery manufacturing industry is the lack ...

Oliver Schmitz,

Oliver Schmitz

Germany-based Gmöhling is a leading manufacturer of aluminium containers...

Pratik Agarwal,

Pratik Agarwal

Breya is a brand of Indo-Western clothes for women owned by ABP Apparels...

Marcus Hardelauf,

Marcus Hardelauf

Germany-based Textechno is one of the leading manufacturers of testing...

Paige Mullis, Glen Raven Inc

Paige Mullis
Glen Raven Inc

Paige Mullis discusses the expansion plans of Glen Raven Inc in India, and ...

Justin Gutierrez, INDA

Justin Gutierrez

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) has created a new...

Steve McCullough & Marco Weichert, Functional Fabric Fair & Design and Development GmbH Textile Consult respectively

Steve McCullough & Marco Weichert
Functional Fabric Fair & Design and Development GmbH Textile Consult respectively

Functional Fabric Fair is a trade-exclusive event showcasing the latest...

Aprajita Toor, Aprajita Toor

Aprajita Toor
Aprajita Toor

The creations by Aprajita Toor were born out of a deep desire to create...

Adriano Goldschmied, AG Jeans

Adriano Goldschmied
AG Jeans

The hype around 'designer jeans' was created by him. And the new wave of...

Wendell Rodricks, Wendell Rodricks

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

February 2020

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

Advanced Search