November 28, 2020

Zaid Affas, Chris Bevans Talk Next Steps After Winning Woolmark Prizes

NEW YORK — West Coast designers were well represented Tuesday night at the U.S. regional finals of the International Woolmark Awards here.
Zaid Affas, who is based in Los Angeles, and Chris Bevans of DYNE, which is based in Portland, Ore., scored the top prizes for women’s wear and men’s wear, respectively, at the U.S. regional finals. Both will compete in the international finals in January.
“It was a tight race. It always results in a conversation,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, discussing the judging process that took place Tuesday at NeueHouse Madison Sq. “Men’s was unanimous and women’s was a close race,” said Kolb.
Affas bested finalists Andrea Jiapei Li; Claudia Li; PH5’s Wei Lin and Mijia Zhang, and Protagonist’s Kate Wendelborn. Bevans prevailed over Death to Tennis’ William Watson and Vincent Oshin; Kenneth Ning, N-p-Elliott’s Nicholas Elliott, and Palmiers du Mal’s Shane Fonner and Brandon Capps.
Michelle A. Lee, head of Americas, The Woolmark Co., said, “The designers are getting stronger and stronger each year. There’s a pool of incredibly talented and creative designers. It helps us discover new talent whether or not they win.”
Julie Gilhart, another judge and consultant, said

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