Raise your glass because celebrations have started for Thomas Tait. Yesterday was a big day for the British designer, as he was crowned winner of the LVMH Young Designer Award. Tait beat out ten other designers to receive the $409,270 prize. Cha-ching.
“It’s going to mean that I can go ahead with what’s in my head without constantly worrying about how it’s going to happen,” Tait said. This money is more than just an addition to his bank account; it’s an opened door to a career of promise.
In addition to the money, Tait is gifted with a year of coaching at the headquarters in Paris. He is well deserving of this honor to say the least. Graduating from the Collège LaSalle, he finished with a degree in Womenswear, prior to receiving his Masters in Fashion from Central Saint Martins.
The jury for this competition consisted of Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Humberto Leon, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons and Riccardo Tisci. The competition was tough, but Tait captivated the judges with his personality and ambition.
Tait also won the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize in 2010, which was perfect prep for his new spotlight.
When asked what his next step was, following the LVMH award, he said, “A nice dinner, a good night’s sleep, and I need to call my mom and dad.”
Rest up now, Tait, because you have a world of fashion awaiting your crafty touch.