Special Projects

Saint Louis Fashion Fund Partnership
January 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017

World Chess Hall of Fame Partners with Saint Louis Fashion Fund ​on
First-Ever​ Designer Chess Challenge


The Saint Louis Fashion Fund (SLFF) and World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) have partnered on a first-of-its kind, designer chess challenge. Over the years, major global sports have identified with particular clothing. This challenge offers the opportunity to create distinctive clothing items for the game of chess—a fast-growing global game whose top players represent an increasingly diverse mix of age, race, gender and culture. The inaugural class of the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator (SLFI) designers include: Agnes Hamerlik of Chicago, IL; Allison Mitchell of Dallas, TX; Audra Noyes of New York, NY/Wilmington, DE; Charles Smith II of Dallas, TX; Reuben Reuel Riddick of Brooklyn, NY; and Emily Brady Koplar of Saint Louis.

Upon the designers’ arrival in Saint Louis in January 2017, they will spend the next 8 months working with input from a chess Grandmaster to create three pieces to present to an international panel of judges including Burak Cakmak, Dean of Fashion at Parsons The New School of Design, Grandmaster Eric Hansen, and Abbey Samet, Director of Global Forecasting at Macy’s, among others. The winning designer will be chosen and announced at the Sinquefield Cup in August 2017. This annual chess tournament continues to set a new bar for U.S. Chess by helping to raise its profile and prominence on the world’s stage and further reaffirms Saint Louis as America’s chess capital. The winning designer will receive a $10,000 scholarship with the potential for distribution with national retailers.

For more information, please contact: Rikki Byrd, rikkib09@gmail.com


image1webThe Saint Louis Fashion Fund Designer, Charles Smith II shakes Grandmaster Cristian Chirila's hand at a visit to the Saint Louis Chess Campus in 2016.

More information coming soon! 


1/11/17: KSDK — Saint Louis Fashion Incubator opens up on Washington Ave (video)