Triumph has the announced the winner of its 2014 Women in Making competition, an empowering project which sought out to champion female ‘makers’ in a number of creative fields.
Textile designer Banke Kuku has been awarded a £10,000 bursary to grow her business, a year’s worth of mentoring from the ‘Influencer Makers’ panel and the chance to be stocked within Fenwick Bond Street.
Commenting on her win, Kuku said: “Winning this competition is a fantastic boost to my young business. It will be a fantastic opportunity to continue telling my story and trying to inspire young women.”
This season’s Influencer Makers include noted fashion designer Roksanda Ilinic, winner of the British Fashion Council’s new generation award Sophia Webster, founder of Nails Inc Thea Green, Fenwick Bond Street’s Womenswear and Lingerie buying manager Georgina Coulter and AW13 Women in Making bursary fund winner Lizzie McQuade.
The creative professionals fronted the campaign and acted as mentors to the winner and other budding entrepreneurs through Triumph’s pop-up shop in 7 Dials, Covent Garden.
After judging all the entries, the panel said Kuku stood out from the rest.
"Banke has a vivid use of colour and texture in her designs. Her looks are put together with such creativity,” said Ilincic.
Triumph UK managing director Sheila Hamilton added: “With such a rich heritage of design, culture, passion and expertise due to her natural talents and determination, we predict great things for Banke, and are thrilled to welcome her to the ‘Women in Making’ family. We cannot wait to see her and her business flourish under the guidance of our wonderful mentors whom she is very excited to work with.”