Rio Uribe Of Gypsy Sport On What It Feels Like To Share The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

Each year the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund chooses one emerging designer to receive a year-long mentorship with a prominent figure in the design industry along with $300,000 to invest in their own label. This year, at the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund dinner, finalists Rio Uribe of Gypsy Sport, Jonathan Simkhai and Aurora James of Brother Vellies were pleasantly surprised—all three up-and-coming design companies were chosen to share the winning title. Previous winners include industry veterans Tabitha Simmons and Alexander Wang, but this is the first time all three finalists were given the award. The 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners were chosen by a panel of fashion industry experts, namely Diane von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour. We checked in with Rio Uribe of genderless streetwear brand Gypsy Sport after his big triumph. Here’s what it feels like to have Anna Wintour approve of you!

Galore Mag: What was your reaction when you found out you won?

Rio Uribe: I immediately jumped right out of my seat and started thanking the universe.

GM: What are you looking forward to the most now?

RU: I’m excited about the awesome new collaborations coming our way. We have a special project with Uniqlo coming up. Stay tuned!

GM: Even Anna said you were authentic. How do you relate to that statement?

RU: It’s an incredible acknowledgement to be called authentic by the Queen of fashion. If anyone has seen it all, it’s her! And authenticity is exactly what Gypsy Sport is about.

GM: What do you find most admirable about the other finalists?

RU: Everyone in the competition was a very hard worker. The fashion fund was so demanding, it’s nothing like project runway. We were challenged to create collections, fashion shows, campaign videos, all on top of our full-time jobs as designers. And no one ever lost their cool, we’re all friends.

GM: What do you want Gypsy Sport’s legacy to be?

RU: Hopefully Gypsy Sport will bring humanity and diversity to the fashion industry. I used to feel left out of fashion, for being a minority. But now things are changing.

GM: Do you have any advice for up and coming designers?

RU: Yes. Know yourself, don’t ever give up, and don’t be afraid to fail. It’s all part of succeeding.

Feature image via Vogue.com

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