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ITS 2014: LUCID DREAMS YKK’S MISSION TO FIND DREAM DESIGNERS

ITS 2014: LUCID DREAMS YKK’S MISSION TO FIND DREAM DESIGNERS 18 March 2014

YKK is proud to confirm its long-established partnership with ITS – International Talent Support for the 9th year in a row. The best accessories designer who finds a brand new way of using YKK’s fastening products will receive the YKK Award. This is one of the most important competitions for young designers and will take place in Trieste, Italy on 11-12 July 2014. The competition is open to new talents from all over the world.

YKK, the leader in fastening solutions market, has a long history of supporting talented and creative artists like Kansai Yamamoto but also has launched many successful careers including last year’s finalists: Accessories Collection of the Year winner, Leonard Kahlcke; YKK Award winner Percy Lau; but also Ana Rajcevic; Benjamin John Hall; Victoria Spruce; Maria Hjelm, Yuima Nakazato, Emma Yeo, Tomasz Donocik; Camilla Skovgaard and many others who created impressive pieces of art using YKK fastening products in a innovative and pioneering way.

The ITS 2014 Accessories jury is an esteemed group of
leading fashion and media influential professionals: Kei Kagami - Fashion Designer and Consultant for YKK, Marco Grandi - YKK Italia, Elisabetta Barracchia - Editor of Vogue Accessori / Gioiello, Barbara Franchin – EVE Director & Project Supervisor, Antonella Bertagnin - Coordinator of the Trend Selection; Fashion Committee LINEAPELLE and Leonard Kahlcke – ITS 2013 Accessories Collection of the Year winner.

The finalists’ projects will be presented to the ITS guests, jury members, the international press, opinion leaders, heads of design studios and head-hunters.

Each application for the accessories competition must also include so as being eligible for the YKK Award, a design made by the applicant who makes use of a fastening product supplied by any member of the YKK Group of Companies. YKK encourages the use of its Excella®, Excella® Blade, Excella® Curve, Vislon® Flat and FlexFix®, Plancer®, sewing buttons from Snaps & Buttons range products. YKK may use of the winning item in promotional advertising. All prizes will be delivered directly by YKK EUROPE LIMITED.

The main prize, the YKK Award, is a cash prize of 10,000 Euros. The winner will be also featured in the September issue of Dazed & Confused magazine and will join the judging panel in next year’s competition, ITS 2015.

YKK believes in creativity and has been promoting talented young designers through ITS ACCESSORIES since 2006. The company will continue to explore the possibilities of adding inspiring accents to accessories and fashion with YKK’s fastening products by working closely with talented and creative designers.


For further information contact YKK Europe Press Office:

+44 (0) 20 7448 1358/ anna­­_stefaniak@ykkeurope.com/ www.ykkeurope.com