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Westminster graduate Roberta Einer wins Saks Fifth Avenue competition

Fashion 13 April 2016

Fashion collection by competition winner Roberta Einer

Roberta Einer, who graduated from the University of Westminster’s Fashion Design BA Honours course in 2015, has won a competition to have her clothes stocked at Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Emerging Designer Showcase competition gives two designers the opportunity to have their collections stocked in the iconic New York department store.

Einer was selected from hundreds of applicants, and successfully made it through two stages of the competition. She was chosen from a shortlist of nine other designers.

Speaking about how the University of Westminster has helped her during her career, Einer said: “Every fashion house that I have worked with have said that the University of Westminster has an excellent reputation, and that has helped me a lot with building up a work network as well as getting jobs.

“Employers have especially pointed out that all students from Westminster are very technical and adaptable for new projects, which sets us apart from some other top fashion degrees.”

Einer was taught by the Fashion Design BA Honours Course Director Andrew Groves. On hearing about her win, he said: “Some designers wait years for their collections to be stocked by such a prestigious store like Saks Fifth Avenue, so to do so after two seasons is fantastic, and is an amazing testament to her hard work and talent.”

Earlier this year, Einer showcased her first collection at London Fashion Week as the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN One-to-Watch designer. Her work has also been featured in American Vogue, Vogue Italia and Dazed & Confused.

Find out more about the Fashion Design BA Honours course.

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