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DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship Finalists Announced

Finalists announced for DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship

• Georgia Alice
• Lucy McIntosh
• Sly Guild

Auckland, 29 October 2014 - DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, is pleased to bring three of New Zealand’s top emerging fashion exporters a step closer to being awarded the highly coveted DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship as Georgia Alice, Lucy McIntosh and Sly Guild are announced as finalists today.

In its seventh year, the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship is designed to identify New Zealand’s hottest up-and-coming fashion exporters and assist them in achieving international growth.

The 2014 DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship finalists are:
• Georgia Alice - http://georgiaalice.com
• Lucy McIntosh - http://www.lucymcintosh.co.nz
• Sly Guild - http://slyguild.com

The scholarship has become an early identifier of young talent in New Zealand, with previous winners such as Stolen Girlfriends Club, Lonely Hearts, twentysevennames and I Love Ugly going on to significant international recognition.

In a first for the competition, inaugural winner Dan Gosling, director and part owner of Stolen Girlfriends Club, has returned to the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship as a judge. Gosling will join an esteemed panel that includes John Kelly, MAX Fashions CEO, Paul Blomfield, chairman at FINZ and Megan Wildermoth, fashion and textiles specialist at DHL.

The winning scholarship package includes international freight to the value of NZ$10,000, as well as coaching in freight and logistics from DHL Express, a tailored export mentoring package from Fashion Industry New Zealand (FINZ) and an annual FINZ membership. The other two finalists will also receive freight from DHL Express to the value of $1,500 (runner up) and $500 (third place).

“Fashion is an important sector of New Zealand’s export market and these three finalists all demonstrated a sound export strategy, an innovative approach to marketing and a lot of potential,” says Megan Wildermoth, fashion and textiles specialist at DHL Express New Zealand.

The winner of the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship will be announced on Wednesday 12 November. For more visit: www.dhlfashionscholarship.co.nz

Previous winners include:
2013 - Commoners
2012 - I Love Ugly
2011 - NYNE
2010 - twenty-seven names
2009 - Lonely Hearts
2008 - Stolen Girlfriends Club

About the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship
The scholarship was developed as a joint initiative between DHL and Fashion Industry New Zealand (FINZ) in 2008. DHL went on to launch the programme in Australia in 2010.

DHL – The logistics company for the world
DHL is the global market leader in the logistics and transportation industry and “The logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, national and international parcel delivery, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation as well as contract and e-commerce related solutions along the entire supply chain. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and around 315,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their shipping and supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenues of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

Fashion Industry New Zealand (FINZ)
FINZ is the voice of New Zealand’s fashion and apparel industry. Established in 2002, the non-profit organisation was founded by the industry to provide professional representation and support for the industry. “Our mission is to ensure the future growth and development of the fashion and apparel industry. And, to see it valued for its economic, creative and cultural contribution to New Zealand.”
www.finz.co.nz

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