A unique experience for three aspiring menswear designers
MR PORTER FUTURES is a global designer mentorship programme for undiscovered talent.
If we’ve learnt anything from our years in the style business, it’s that a great idea can come from anyone. That’s why this programme has been designed to make the fashion industry accessible to all, not just those who have studied fashion or who have previous experience in the industry.
The MR PORTER FUTURES programme will guide three selected applicants through the process of designing, manufacturing and delivering their very own responsibly sourced and produced collections, which will then debut exclusively on MR PORTER
They will commit to a 12-month programme of one-on-one coaching and mentorship beginning in August 2021 and concluding with the launch of their collections in September 2022.
The key moments in the programme are outlined on the right of this page, including approximate dates when applicants will be invited to attend in-person sessions at the MR PORTER headquarters in London, UK.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from; it doesn’t matter if you have no previous experience. Your ideas are what matter. If you think you’ve got what it takes, we want to hear from you.
Applications close at 11.59pm BST on 6 June 2021.
26 April 2021 – Applications open
6 June 2021 – Applications close
July 2021 – Designers selected
August 2021 – Programme begins
September 2021 – Designers announced
August and November 2021, TBC spring (northern hemisphere), September 2022 – Designers in London
September 2022 – Collections launch
Meet the mentors
Mr Nicholas Daley
Mr Nicholas Daley graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins fashion college in 2013 and launched his eponymous label in 2015. His work explores the interplay of fashion, music and culture, along with his dual Jamaican-Scottish heritage.
Ms Julie Ragolia
Ms Julie Ragolia is a fashion stylist whose work includes major advertising campaigns, select celebrity styling and contributing to editorial titles including MR PORTER’s The Journal, 10 Magazine, L’Uomo Vogue and The Wall Street Journal.
Mr Tatsuo Hino
Mr Tatsuo Hino is the director of BEAMS & CO, the creative and design arm of leading Japanese lifestyle retailer Beams. He is also editor-at-large at Courier Media, a magazine supporting start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Mr Reese Cooper
Mr Reese Cooper is a multi-disciplinary artist and the founder and creative director of REESE COOPER®. He debuted his first collection of locally made Americana-inspired clothing in 2016 when he was just 18 years old.
Ms Judith Tolley
Ms Judith Tolley is the head of business incubation at the Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE), a department of the London College of Fashion. An experienced business coach, she has helped to establish the careers of several young British designers.
Mr Olie Arnold
MR PORTER’s Style Director Mr Olie Arnold oversees all fashion and style content across the brand’s editorial, marketing and social media channels. He has more than 15 years of industry experience, which he also puts to use as co-leader of the team behind MR PORTER’s own brand, Mr P.
Mr Sam Kershaw
As Buying Director for MR PORTER, Mr Sam Kershaw oversees all product globally, along with all our exclusive collaborations and key initiatives. He leads the buying and merchandising teams across 550 brands and multiple categories. A long-term leader, he has worked in a variety of senior buying roles during his 15-year career in luxury retail.
Interested in sponsoring or partnering with MR PORTER FUTURES?
Send us an email with “FUTURES Partnership” and your name or business in the subject line and we’ll get back to you.