DHL Express Awards Top Fashion Designers with Export Scholarship
Auckland, Friday 13 November, 2009 – The designers of Kiwi fashion label Lonely Hearts have won the hotly contested 2009
DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship and are set to advance on the global fashion market.
DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, announced the designers behind Lonely Hearts, Aimee McFarlane,
Helene Morris and Steve Ferguson, as the grand winners of the 2009 DHL Fashion Export Scholarship, today establishing
them as New Zealand’s top emerging fashion exporters.
DHL Express New Zealand, Fashion and Textile Strategic Account Manager, Jason Orlop says, “The Lonely Hearts designers
presented an impressive submission. Not only are they producing distinctive fashion design, they also have strong
financials, good off-shore accounts and a team of three who demonstrate a collaborative approach to all areas of their
“DHL Express is proud to support up-and-coming designers in achieving international growth with a prize package that
includes freight to the value of NZ$10,000 and coaching in freight and logistics from DHL Express. As well as an
individually tailored export mentoring package from FINZ and an annual FINZ membership.
“We are really looking forward to working with Lonely Hearts over the coming months and helping them to grow their
Steve Ferguson, Creative Director of Lonely Hearts says, “The scholarship creates a platform for us to push into
different markets. We have been exporting to Australia for a few years now and our growth will come from further
expansion internationally. The $10,000 in freight will help us grow our label by expanding in Australia while entering
the key markets of Japan, the U.S. and U.K. with samples, look books and fabric swatches to complement our already
successful web site”.
Liz Findlay of Zambesi and one of the judges of the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship, says, “Lonely Hearts focused
on their overall strategy and the creativity of their collection was exceptional. I think they have a great future ahead
Mapihi Opai, Executive Officer of Fashion Industry New Zealand (FINZ), who was also a member of the judging panel,
commented, “Lonely Hearts was the unanimous choice as the recipient of this year’s DHL Express Fashion Export
Scholarship. Their achievements to date are truly outstanding and the judges were presented with a very sophisticated
“In Lonely Hearts, we saw a team of genuine entrepreneurs. What impressed the judges most was their finely tuned
awareness of the changing fashion landscape and the way that they addressed the needs of retailers and consumers alike.
Their design aesthetic showed a real point of difference that is sure to appeal to key fashion export markets.”
The scholarship was judged by five of New Zealand’s top fashion and exporting industry leaders: Liz Findlay of Zambesi,
one of New Zealand’s most respected fashion designers; Fiona Hawtin, editor of Fashion Quarterly; Sarah Gibbs, founder
and co-director of natural beauty product company Trilogy; Mapihi Opai, Executive Officer of Fashion Industry New
Zealand (FINZ); and Jason Orlop, Fashion and Textile Strategic Account Manager of DHL Express New Zealand.
Liz Findlay was pleased with the high number and quality of entries for this year’s scholarship and is confident that
the future of New Zealand’s fashion industry is in capable hands.
“The designers that entered this year’s scholarship were very impressive. They each showed a mixture of creativity,
ingenuity and business savvy that is vital when taking on international markets – not to mention enthusiasm and proven
The finalists for the 2009 DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship included Lonely Hearts, Salasai and Twenty Seven
DHL is committed to its partnership with the fashion industry in New Zealand and recognises it as an important export
sector. DHL provides extensive express services to New Zealand’s leading designers including products tailored
specifically to the apparel industry and the requirements of this dynamic market.
The DHL Fashion Export Scholarship presents an invaluable opportunity for emerging fashion exporters to help grow their
businesses internationally and DHL looks forward to continuing this support in the future.