This past weekend, major retailer Macy’s, announced the names of the six winners of their new Fashion Incubator program. The winners include young aspiring designers in the San Francisco Bay Area who are ready to start and fund their fashion business. The Fashion Incubator program offers these designers a premier workshop space in Macy’s headquarter office located in downtown San Francisco.

THE WINNERS:

Justin Jamison: studied at The Art Institute of California San Francisco with a focus on menswear. Justin's talents have been noted and featured in an editorial photo shoot in the July/August 2011 issue of Essential Homme Magazine, and was also nominated for Best Male Designer at the San Francisco Fashion Awards 2011.

Bethany Meuleners: with experience in the fashion industry in both the US and abroad, Bethany gained her degree in Fine Arts in Fashion and Knitwear Design at the Academy of Art University, here in San Francisco.

Tamara Jaric: obtained her formal education as a fashion designer at University Polimoda, in Florence Italy, she later moved to New York to begin working on the Mackintosh outerwear line. She now resides in San Francisco.

Sabah Mansoor Husain: received her bachelor’s degree in Textile design from Sristi School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. Sabah lived and worked with artisans all over India, studying print and dying under master craftsmen in Rajasthan, embroidery from gypsy “Banjara” women in Karnataka, and woven’s in Calcutta. She received her Master’s in Fashion and Knitwear Design at the Academy of Art University.

Tony Sonanikone: Born in a political refugee camp in Bangkok, Tony Sananikone has made a career of turning difficult circumstances into beautiful results. He followed his passion to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in San Francisco, CA, and has now started his own clothing line.

Paloma Von Broadley: graduated in 2009 from California College of the Arts in San Francisco with a bachelor’s in Fashion Design, learning the skills of sketching, creating patterns, sewing and knitting. Her PVB line of garments and jewelry is designed and made locally with alternative pattern techniques and sustainable practices.

Fashion Incubator - located on the 7th floor of the Men's Store on Stockton Street. Check it out when you have a moment.

*Information on designers from fashionincubatorsf.org, for more information click the link*