WWD | Alumni Dream Grant Winner Announced

Thistle & Spire is a women's lingerie brand Chen founded with a college friend, Maggie Bacon.

By Jean E. Palmieri on July 17, 2018

The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund has expanded beyond its roots offering scholarships by establishing a grant program and has identified its first winner. 
 Called the FSF Alumni Dream Grant, the first $50,000 prize will be awarded to Lily Chen, a former scholarship winner from the Fashion Institute of Technology and cofounder of Thistle & Spire, a women’s lingerie brand. 
 In June of 2017, FSF announced the expansion of its portfolio of scholarships to include the $50,000 equity-free Alumni Dream Grant as a way to find, mentor and support the people it has identified as top talent in the industry. Chen, was chosen by the Alumni Association’s vetting panel based on the viability of her idea, growth potential, development and vision, progress evaluation and brand fit. 
 Marc Mastronardi, Macy’s Inc. executive vice president of new business development and innovation and an FSF vice president, oversees the program and said, “All of us who care and are invested in the future of fashion need to continue to identify the next generation of leadership and give them the support they need to succeed.” 
 Thistle & Spire was founded by Chen and Maggie Bacon, who met at FIT. “Maggie and I cofounded Thistle & Spire because we both saw the power in lingerie,” she said. “As young women, it helped us find confidence, not as something we purchase to wear for other people, but for ourselves. 
 “It’s been a lot of hard work, but thrilling to watch our company grow,” Chen added. “As someone who was not confident growing up, the brand allows me to help other women find their confidence through lingerie. After all, there is nothing more unstoppable than an army of confident women.” 
 The FSF traces its roots to 1937 and has awarded more than $12 million in scholarships over that time.

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JUST JARED | Danielle Brooks & Pregnant Coco Rocha Attend Fashion Scholarship Fund Dinner

Danielle Brooks strikes a pose as she arrives at the 2018 Fashion Scholarship Fund Dinner on Tuesday night (January 9) at the Marriott Marquis Times Square Hotel in New York City.

The 28-year-old Orange is the New Black star looked super chic a faux fur coat over a black dress as she stepped out for the event.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Danielle Brooks

Joining Danielle at the event was pregnant model Coco Rocha along with designer Christian Siriano and his husband Brad Walsh.

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Dandy in the Bronx | 2018 Gala Awards Dinner

EVENTS, Fashion

by DiegoJanuary 9, 201810:07 PM



The 81st Annual Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) National Merit Scholarship Awards Dinner celebrated and awarded nearly $1.4 million in scholarships to the 2018 FSF class and eight National Merit Scholarship finalists, who come from the top programs at universities and colleges nationwide. Let’s check out the event!

Dedicated to promoting education of the fashion arts and business

The Fashion Scholarship Fund is a national non-profit organization made up of influential members of the fashion community. Dedicated to promoting education of the fashion arts and business, the FSF grants scholarships to talented students and facilitates internships, mentorships, and career programs.


Tonight’s honorees were Christian Siriano, American Fashion Designer and Author of “Dresses to Dream About,” Kenneth J. Wyse, President of Licensing and PR at PVH Corp., Katia Beauchamp, Co-Founder and CEO of Birchbox and Stephen Sadove Former Chairman & CEO of Saks, Inc.

The night’s guests also included IMG Model, Coco Rocha, “Orange Is The New Black” Actress, Danielle Brooks, Model and Founder of Project Start, Candice Huffine.

As part of the evening, honorees Christian Siriano, Kenneth J. Wyse, Katia Beauchamp and Stephen Sadove were acknowledged for their generous contributions to the fashion industry with Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Wholesaler of the Year, Fashion Innovators of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Fashion Scholarship.

Thanks FSF for having me!

Source: http://dandyinthebronx.com/2018-annual-fas...