E. Tautz is the winner of the second BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund supported by Vertu at a reception hosted by Caroline Rush, Dylan Jones OBE and Massimiliano Pogliani at the Rosewood London. E. Tautz was founded in 1867 and was re-branded in 2009 under the creative direction of Patrick Grant.
Dylan Jones OBE, Editor of British GQ and Chair of London Collections Men commented: “I would like to congratulate E. Tautz, the second brand to receive the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund. This year the level of talent and business acumen presented by the shortlisted designers was exceptionally high, making the competition both tough and intensely exciting. Patrick demonstrated unique flair, precise craftsmanship and an inherent sense of commercial awareness, which combined with the financial and mentoring support will elevate the business placing it at the forefront of the global menswear stage. It’s no secret that where British menswear leads the international menswear scene follows so it’s with huge gratitude to Vertu that we are proudly able to continue to drive the sector’s long term economic growth and success.”
The Fund is the UK’s biggest menswear prize and was established in September 2013 following the success of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and provides one designer with £150,000 grant to provide necessary infrastructure to take them to the next stage of their business and significant value in kind services as part of a bespoke, high level mentoring support programme over a twelve month period.