The CFDA Announces Second Season of ‘Americans in Paris’

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Prabal Gurung will once again be taking his collection to Paris.

They may have packed shows and presentations in New York, but for many young designers, exposure in Europe is harder to come by.

Enter the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund’s “Americans in Paris” initiative. Launched last season with the sponsorship of Tommy Hilfiger, the program invites 10 American-based designer s to set up shop in Paris during Fashion Week, providing access to international editors and retailers.

This year’s designers—all past CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund honorees—are Albertus Swanepoel, Billy Reid, Creatures of the Wind, Gregory Parkinson, Monique Péan, Ohne Titel, Pamela Love, Prabal Gurung, and Simon Spurr.

“Following the strong response from retailers and editors last September, we are excited to bring ‘Americans in Paris’ back for a second season,” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb in a release. “The designers are able to develop new international contacts and business opportunities that will help them further new business globally.”

And a trip to Paris can’t hurt, either…