The BFC Fashion Trust was founded by the British Fashion Council in 2011 to create a programme of international mentoring schemes, business support and networking opportunities for 10 rising star British fashion designer businesses every two years. 2012-2013 selected designers are Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, Richard Nicoll, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Marios Schwab, Osman and Todd Lynn.
The BFC Fashion Trust is curated by Arts Co. It launched in London in February 2011, in Los Angeles in October 2011, in Hong Kong in October 2011 and in New York in November 2011.
The BFC Fashion Trust Founder Members, whose financial donations go towards a fund to pay for the business support programme, benefit from a unique, exclusive, fashion-insider annual programme of events including London Fashion Weeks, designer tours, exclusive showrooms, and an annual conference – curated by Arts Co.