NET-A-PORTER ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW BRANDS FOR THE THIRD SEASON OF THE VANGUARD September 8, 2019 Fashion 29 NET-A-PORTER continues to reinforce itself as the destination and incubator for nascent designers, by announcing the next wave of emerging designers and the industry’s brightest new fashion talent as part of its celebrated VANGUARD program: BITE Studios, Le 17 September, Naturae Sacra and The Sant. All four emerging brands are new and exclusive for the Vanguard Fall/Winter ’19 season and are set to receive a comprehensive mentorship within each area of the business as part of the now well-established program. “Over the past two seasons, we have loved witnessing the positive effect the Vanguard mentorship program has on these emerging brands. It’s so important for us to be able to share our insight in a meaningful way and aim towards a shared goal of long-lasting success. One year after launch, we are thrilled to announce the next wave of exciting new designers who all offer something completely unique to the market.” - Elizabeth von der Goltz, Global Buying Director, NET-A-PORTER With the dialogue around responsible dressing engaging fashion lovers, BITE Studios was a natural choice for The Vanguard’s support, answering, as it does, the demand for sustainable luxury design. Le 17 Septembre is one of the most exciting brands to emerge from the Korean fashion scene and is the creation of blogger turned self-taught designer Eunhye Shin. If handbags ever deserved the title art, it would be those by Naturae Sacra. These elegant leather designs boasts sculptural resin handles, crafted in curving, fluid shapes inspired by nature. In addition to this accessories brand, Le Sant is the new Barcelona-based brand that is also shaking up the handbag world with its witty, modern pieces. Its designs are full of quirky touches, from exaggerated shapes to offbeat details ensuring each one is a statement piece.