open call for designers nationwide

Be one of the three winners who will be sent
to Tokyo on October 2019 to showcase
their collection at TOKYO Fashion Week.

deadline of entries: JUNE 15 2019


Made local, born global. With a story that dates back to 1987, BENCH/ has grown from a humble t-shirt brand to a continually evolving lifestyle brand tailored to fit the taste of Filipinos the world over. From setting up shop in retail spaces abroad to tapping internationally recognized collaborators and brand ambassadors, the brand has made it its mission, above all, to create opportunities for local design and craftsmanship to take their rightful place on the global stage.

True to its vision of putting Philippine fashion on the map, BENCH/ launched the Bench Design Awards (BDA) in 2017. A special initiative created to put the spotlight on undiscovered talent in the local fashion industry, the Bench Design Awards is an open call for emerging designers nationwide. A massive success on its first two years, the BDA ties together with the biannual Bench Fashion Week, where the competition’s finalists are able to showcase their respective collections. From the top 10 finalists, three are hailed winners and are sent to Japan for the competition’s ultimate prize: the chance to present their winning collections at the Asian Fashion Meets Tokyo show at the famed Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo.eee



MAY 15 Call for Entries
JUNE 15 Deadline of Entries
JUNE 22 Announcement of Semi Finalists
JULY 1 Jury Deliberation
JULY 3 Announcement of Finalists
AUG 16 Fitting
SEPT 1 Jury Night


For sole applicants
  1. Must be a Filipino citizen at the time of the submission of the application.
  2. Must be residing in the Philippines for the duration of the competition.
  3. Must be 20 yrs. old and above.
  4. Must be independent and should not be affiliated with or sponsored by foreign companies or design organizations.
  5. Must not be employed or affiliated with local or foreign apparel companies as designers, endorsers, or collaborators covering the duration of the application to Spring/Summer 2020.
  6. Must agree to the rules of the competition, comply with all the abovementioned requirements, and agree that his/her application may be subjected to the eligibility validation of the BDA committee.
  7. Any misrepresentation, untruthful declaration, fabricated or falsified submission in relation to eligibility can be grounds for disqualification.
  8. Applicants who fail to complete the entry requirements will be considered disqualified.
For groups


  1. All group members must be qualified to join. (following the eligibility requirements of a sole applicant)

The group shall authorize one (1) member to represent them all throughout the competition.

—The submission of the group is considered as one (1) entry and will be judged as one (1) entry all throughout the competition.

—The authorized representative declared in the application form cannot be replaced/changed in the course of the competition without the approval of the BDA committee.

—If the entry of the group wins, the group shall receive the same prize as the sole applicant. Prize includes one (1) plane ticket, accommodation, allowance, and transportation budget good for one (1) person.


  1. Collection Moodboard of the Spring/Summer 2020 collection

Words, photos and/or illustrations that describe the collection in general

  1. Illustrations/Sketches of the eight (8) full looks of the Spring/Summer 2020 collection in detail
  2. Past works

Lookbooks, editorials, and/or photo or video documentations of previous works that represent the designer’s vision

  1. Fully-accomplished Application Form
  2. Scanned copy of Philippine Passport
  3. Scanned copy of Birth Certificate

Entries shall be mailed to:

AD & Promo Department, 23rd Floor, Bench Tower, 30th cor. Rizal Drive, Crescent Park West 5, Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig City


Presentation of the Spring/Summer 2020 Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week, together with BENCH/ in October 2019. *Prize includes one (1) plane ticket, accommodation, allowance, and transportation budget good for one (1) person.