Circular Design Challenge 2022 Announces Shortlist of Six Fashion Entrepreneurs; the winner will be declared on March 24

The fourth edition of the Circular Design Challenge (CDC) has announced a shortlist of six new entrepreneurs Saturday. The winner of the coveted challenge will be declared after a final round of competition on March 24 – Sustainable Fashion Day, during FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week in New Delhi.

Notably, Circular Design Challenge is a platform and prize for design entrepreneurs working in a circular way, an initiative of R|Elan Fashion for Earth, in association with FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week and the United Nations and the United Nations Program for environment (UNEP).

The finalists are CHAMAR by Sudheer Rajbhar, Humanity Centered Designs by Vishal Tolambia, Pious by Pratyush Kumar, Sanah Sharma by Sanah Sharma, SATAT by Radhika Malhotra and Thaely by Ashay Bhave.

CHAMAR by Sudheer Rajbhar (Source: PR document)

The six finalists will present their cases and collections to the final jury with the aim of joining the league of the platform’s previous winners – ‘I was a Sari’ from season 1, ‘Malai’ from season 2 and ‘Bandit’ from the season 3.

Humanity-Centered Designs by Vishal Tolambia (Source: PR document)

About the fourth edition of Circular Design ChallengeVipul Shah, COO – Petrochemicals Business, Reliance Industries Ltd said, “We have launched the Circular Design Challenge, to fulfill the vision of our Chairman, Mr. Mukesh Ambani, to make India a global leader in the adoption of sustainable and green manufacturing practices.

Piles of Pratyush Kumar (Source: PR document)

“Over the past four seasons, the popularity of the Circular Design Challenge has grown exponentially. It has now become a big movement in the Indian fashion industry which nurtures talents in the sustainable and environmentally friendly sphere. The Circular Design Challenge has been a huge success in India, and we now plan to expand its reach globally,” added Shah.

Sanah Sharma by Sanah Sharma (Source: PR document)

The finalists were shortlisted by a jury consisting of Archana Datta – SCP and circular economy expert at the Asian Institute of Technology, Darshana Gajare – RISE Worldwide, Karishma Shahani – Design Mentor, Pranav Khanna – Business Mentor and Rakesh Bali – Reliance industries ltd.

SATAT by Radhika Malhotra (Source: PR document)

“The final six start-ups were shortlisted following a rigorous online pitch and evaluation process that considered circular design, the environment and social impactbusiness plans and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” the official statement read.

Thaely by Ashay Bhave (Source: PR document)

They will be nurtured through various mentorships, aiming to empower them to be true agents of change through their business and their innovations. The sessions will equip them with knowledge and skills in the areas of product design and development, business and marketing, circularity principles and life cycle analysis.

CHAMAR by Sudheer Rajbhar (Source: PR document)

Based on these mentoring programs, each of the six selected entrepreneurs will have to present a pitch to the jury live during the Sustainable Fashion Day at the FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week. The final selection of the winner will also include the public’s choice, where the public can vote, and the results will be added to the main score.

Humanity-Centered Designs by Vishal Tolambia (Source: PR document)

“The United Nations Environment Program is committed to providing strategic leadership and fostering industry-wide collaboration to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and circular textile value chain. Together with the UN in India, we are delighted to continue our partnership with the 4th edition of the “Circular Design Challenge”, to identify and encourage talented designers to advance circular design in India”, Atul Bagai , head of the United Nations Environment Program country office, India, said.

Piles of Pratyush Kumar (Source: PR document)

He added: “This year, UNEP has taken a step forward by mentoring CDC finalists on key aspects such as communicating about sustainable fashion and the use of scientific tools and life cycle thinking. . We congratulate all entrants and finalists for their innovative thinking and passion for creating positive change. »

Sanah Sharma by Sanah Sharma (Source: PR document)

The winner will receive a cash prize of Rs 20 lakhs per R | Elan of Reliance Industries Ltd to turn his idea of ​​sustainable fashion into an impactful business reality. He/she will also have the opportunity to present his/her sustainable fashion collection during the next FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week.

SATAT by Radhika Malhotra (Source: PR document)

Designed by CDC 2021 winner Satyajit Vetoskar of Bandit, the winning trophy, which will be presented for the first time, will be made from scrap wood and metal.

Thaely by Ashay Bhave (Source: PR document)

This year, the program received over 55 applications from all over India as well as the UK and Germany.

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Abdul J. Gaspar