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MADE Fashion Week Acquired By WME-IMG

The event’s current leadership team will remain in charge

WME-IMG has acquired MADE Fashion Week, the company announced on Monday.

Despite the change in ownership, WME-IMG assured that the event, founded in 2009 to support emerging designers, will continue to operate as a separate entity.

Its leadership team — including Keith Baptista, partner and managing director at Prodject and partner at OBO Paris; Mazdack Rassi, co-founder and creative director of Milk Studios; and Jenné Lombardo, founder of The Terminal Presents — will continue to oversee day-to-day operations, while consulting on WME-IMG’s broader fashion events strategy.

MADE Fashion Week, which has featured approximately 30 runway shows and presentations each season, will align with its new parent company for additional additional opportunities and creative resources for both entities’ designers and partners.

The New York Fashion Week and MADE Fashion Week spring 2016 collections will take place between Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 this year.

“As we reimagine New York Fashion Week with new venues, experiences and platforms for the industry, we are excited to add MADE Fashion Week to our portfolio,” said Catherine Bennett, SVP and managing director, IMG Fashion Events & Properties. “This acquisition creates new opportunities for all our designers and partners to grow and evolve their businesses not only during fashion week in New York, but globally throughout the year.”