24 September 2010

Jess Britten Wins Westpac Young Fashion Designer Award

Christchurch fashion designer Jess Britten has become the first winner of Westpac’s Young Fashion Designer Award.

The 20-year-old CPIT student is from a family of creatives including her late father, renowned motorcycle designer and inventor John Britten.

Jess said winning the award has given her the necessary tools for a head start in the industry.

“This is a dream come true for me. It will give me the knowledge and resources to really get my label off the ground. I love what I do and I know I will be an asset to the New Zealand fashion industry.”

Jess’s prize includes $5,000, mentoring for a year from Huffer and business banking advice from Westpac.

Jess and fellow finalists Sophie Burrowes, Phillipa Lake and Alice Howard showed their collections at Westpac’s exclusive Red Collection event last night.