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Throughout the year, Maisons de Mode is on the lookout for new talents working in fields as diverse as menswear, womenswear, childrenswear, jewellery, leather goods, accessories, footwear, fragrances, fashion tech and lifestyle products.

To start the process of joining Maisons de Mode, please fill out the pre-selection application. If an application survives the pre-selection round, the designer is then invited to take part in one of the presentation days before the selection committee. This committee, composed of fashion industry professionals, judges the merits of the project presented by the applicant.

In 2020, two Maisons de Mode Grand Prizes (ready-to-wear, accessories, footwear, jewellery and lifestyle products) valuing €12,500 each (including tax) will be awarded to one apparel designer and to one designer of accessories, footwear, jewellery or lifestyle products. Prizes will be awarded during the 48H Maisons de Mode.

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Daniel Essa takes home 2019 Maisons de Mode Grand Prize

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It was almost two years ago to the day that Daniel Essa was before a selection committee hoping to join Maisons de Mode. He didn’t yet have a proper collection, not even a prototype – just a few leather swatches and some sketches of what would become his debut collection.
Even at this embryonic stage, looking back, every detail had been conceived meticulously: strategy, brand identity, business plan, sourcing, production and more. The committee was impressed and convinced as much by his concept as by the unmistakable focus and drive of the designer. Essa joined Maisons de Mode and made huge strides in mere months. International trade fairs such as Tranoï or Première Classeopened their doors to him and his story attracted media buzz in France and internationally. With day-to-day support from the Maisons de Mode team, Essa took on various roles – design, communications, and the business side – before expanding to recruit his team.
Today, Daniel Essa sneakers are sold in high-end boutiques, department stores and concept stores around the world: Madison, Printemps Haussmann, Opium, Hejalo, Bloomingdale’s, Ounass, Harvey Nichols, Série Noire, Voila St Bart, La Clean Factory, B-Kane, Sea and Wander, Level Shoes, Boheme Chic, Initio, Enzo di Guilia, Faye and in his own studio-boutique in Roubaix.
His e-shop created with ShowroomPrivé’s e-commerce school has shown constant growth in sales.
During the 48H Maisons de Mode this September, he took part as a speaker during panel discussions on B2B distribution and attracted buyers in the B2B showroom the Comité d’Organisation de Lille Capitale Mondiale du Design 2020. And at the 48H Maisons de Mode industry professional fashion show, he was awarded the 2019 Maisons de Mode following deliberations from a jury of professionals.
The Daniel Essa phenomenon is unstoppable…

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Join Maisons de Mode now by entering the competition for Maisons de Mode 2019 Grand Prize ! Win €25,000 to launch your business

Who will follow U-Exist, winners of the 2018 Maisons de Mode Grand Prize who now have a boutique-atelier in Roubaix?

Maisons de Mode continues to support makers of fragrances, jewellery, accessories, footwear, leather goods, menswear, womenswear and childrenswear through the 2019 edition of its Grand Prize Competition. The most promising candidate will win €25,000 to expand their business and grow their collections.

Being a designer is about more than just creating collections. It’s also about building and running a business. Thus, it is wise to arm yourself with every tool available. Maisons de Mode allows each designer desiring to join the project by locating their operations in Lille or Roubaix to progress in building their business by allowing them to take advantage of an unprecedented range of services offered in France.

For the 2019 edition, a pre-selection questionnaire streamlines the application process. If the application makes it past the first round, the next round involves the applicant focusing on the important points that constitute the economic standards and the business of fashion.

Download the Maisons de Mode 2019 Grand Prize pre-selection application here!

Application submission dates:

15 December 2018
15 February 2019
15 April 2019
15 June 2019






Don’t wait until the last submission date to turn in your application, as spaces allotted for each session for applicants to appear before the selection committee are limited.

Apply now also for the opportunity to meet industry professionals during the selection process who can advise you on making the most of your brand and your business. Download the application here !

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Enter now to compete for this year’s Maisons de Mode Grand Prize


Who will succeed Uma Oath, the 2016 Grand Prizewinner who joined the Maisons de Mode incubator/accelerator programme in Lille ?

Fragrance, jewelry, accessories, sneakers, leather goods, ready-to-wear (woman, man, children), Maisons de Mode will be offering a new Grand Prize to the best new recruit to the programme. This award will include €25,000 to be used to expand their business and to produce their collections.

It’s a fact of life that being a designer is more than just creating collections. It’s also about building a business. So it’s important to stack the deck in your favour. Maisons de Mode allows every designer joining its programme to set down stakes in Lille or Roubaix where they can further develop the their business’ structure while taking advantage of a plethora of services offered, unlike any other programme in France.

For the 2017 edition of the competition, a multiple-choice questionnaire is provided to be filled in by the candidates. The questionnaire’s aim is to help designers better clarify points about their business that are important to the economic and logistical requirements of building and maintaining a fashion company.


Download the Maisons de Mode application in french / in english !

Application session dates:

-> 1 March 2017

-> 1 April 2017

-> 1 May 2017


Please don’t wait until the last session to present your application. Only a limited number of candidates will be seen on each date.

Don’t wait another minute: applying means you’ll be able to meet industry professionals during the selection sessions, who’ll be ready to advise you on how to grow your business. Download the application here !