The winner of The Big Start student entrepreneur competition, an initiative of venture capitalist Al Tamimi Investments (ATI), gets ready to pay his big break forward through his pioneering retail and fashion incubator concept, United Designers.
Set to open in April 2011, United Designers will offer up-and-coming fashion talent in the UAE a platform to showcase and retail their debut collections in a premier storefront location while receiving invaluable business advice on merchandising, pricing and stock control.
This unique retail concept is the brainchild of aspiring fashion entrepreneur and American University of Sharjah graduate Yahya Stapic. Al Tamimi Investments selected him as the winner of the inaugural Big Start competition earlier this year and now Stapic plans to extend that same spirit of entrepreneurship into what he says is a maturing local fashion industry.
“United Designers is as much about discovering emerging fashion talent in the UAE as it is about nurturing and mentoring designers to launch and establish their own fashion brand,” said Stapic of his retail concept.