TIMO WEILAND wins ecco domani 2014
In its 13th season, the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund focuses on fashion designers with a unique sensibility and attention to detail. This year’s winner of the grant from a selection of up and coming designers is Timo Weiland. The design trio behind Timo Weiland is Alan Eckster, Donna Kang, and Timo Weiland who were awarded $25,000 to showcase their designs at NYFW for the Fall 2014.
All coming from diverse backgrounds, Alan Eckster was born and raised in New York, where he surrounded himself with music and art on a daily basis. His grandmother, a successful Manhattan interior designer, influenced him to go into fashion and later attend the FIT. Donna Kang was raised in Vancouver, Canada where she ruled the nightlife, music and fashion scene. She soon left Vancouver for New York City to attend FIT, where she would meet Eckster interning for ADAM by Adam Lippes. Timo Weiland was born in Nebraska and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and New York City. Though he attended college in corporate investment, he pursued his lifelong interest in fashion after his mom taught him to sew when he was young.
Weiland and Eckster met and ended up creating a design partnership. Two years later, Kang would join them. Their interests in travel, underground music, and European history created a love for dapper dressing. It was the combination of these interests that set their Spring-Summer 2010 collection apart from others. Romantic, yet still edgy and modern, Timo Weiland was perfect for “dandy downtown dresses”.
The Ecco Domani Fashion Fund helped launched the careers of renowned designers including Zac Posen, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Joseph Altuzarra, and Prabal Gurung. Over $1.8 millon have been awarded to the emerging designers . Timo Weiland’s early success with the Fashion Fund could be the beginning of a very promising future. We’re pretty excited to see where they go from here. Congrats! TIMO WEILAND wins ecco domain 2014 written by Nadia Hartvigsen.
ph: brigitte segura + Alan Eckster, Donna Kang, Timo Weiland by Allison Ripa.
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