A unique partnership between M7 and Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA) provides an opportunity for aspiring designers to join the prestigious FTA London Mentorship Programme, it was announced. According to M7, the latest initiative aims to nurture talent and creativity in Qatar’s growing fashion scene and foster innovation and entrepreneurship in design, fashion, and technology.

The call welcomes applications from local and Qatar-based designer brands, with the deadline set until April 3, M7 noted. This exclusive programme offers participants a chance to immerse themselves in the global fashion community in London, UK while receiving tailored mentorship from M7 and industry experts.

M7, known for its commitment to nurturing talent, empowers designers to explore, collaborate, and develop successful businesses. With a focus on responding to the evolving demands of Qatar’s flourishing fashion and design industries, M7 provides designers with the necessary tools and expertise to bring their ideas from concept to market.

The invitation extends across diverse categories, including ready-to-wear (for both women and men), eveningwear (ranging from haute couture to ready-made), and accessories (including footwear, bags, and eyewear). The selection process prioritises key factors such as brand identity, past experiences, readiness, engagement, and commitment to sustainability.

M7 said applicants must submit brand profile and business plan to be eligible for the programme, it is learnt. Additionally, they should have presented and produced a minimum of three cohesive collections within the same category.

Designers with a distinct brand identity and compelling storytelling, as well as those incorporating sustainable practices into their work, are particularly encouraged to apply. Following the application process, M7 noted that designers who meet the criteria will undergo screening and contact. Selected designers will then be invited for a one-on-one interview and will work closely with M7 to prepare for the mentorship programme in London. Selected participants are expected to commit to both local and international mentorship programmes.