Hed Mayner (second from left) Hed Mayner accepts the Karl Lagerfeld Prize at the LVMH competition from Delphine Arnault, director and executive VP of Louis Vuitton. Behind them are Sidney Toledano, Kris Van Assche Hed Mayner (second from left) Hed Mayner accepts the Karl Lagerfeld Prize at the LVMH competition from Delphine Arnault, director and executive VP of Louis Vuitton. Behind them are Sidney Toledano, Kris Van Assche Hed Mayner (second from left) accepts the Karl Lagerfeld Prize at the LVMH competition from Delphine Arnault, director and executive VP of Louis Vuitton. (Photo: LVMH)

Designer Hed Mayner is the first Israeli to win fashion's coveted Karl Lagerfeld Prize

The menswear designer gets a big career boost as a result of the prestigious prize.

Menswear designer Hed Mayner, an Israel native and graduate of Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, has won the prestigious Karl Lagerfeld Prize, an award created to honor and support up-and-coming fashion designers.

Mayner, 32, is the first Israeli to win the global award, which is named after the late iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld.

"I am so proud to be the first Israeli designer to ever enter this competition, let alone win this prize,” Mayner said. “I spend a lot of my time in Paris, but Israel is always part of who I am, there is a sense of freedom here that cannot be felt anywhere else in the world. I am thankful for all the help Bezalel Academy gave me in supporting my freedom of creative thinking and choices as a young fashion designer."

Mayner's designs draw inspiration from both traditionally tailored menswear and comfortable, stylish separates. His clothes can be found in boutiques and shops around the world, including Dover Street Market in New York City, JOYCE boutiques, Antonioli and Galeries Lafayette in Paris. He also recently presented his collection at Paris Fashion Week.

The Karl Lagerfeld Prize comes with a $165,000 cash award, as well as business and design support from the biggest names in fashion.

“It gives us great pleasure to be part of Mayner’s learning journey, and we are excited to see what the future holds for him," said Shelly Satat-Kombor, head of the Jewelry and Fashion Design Department at Bezalel Academy.

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Designer Hed Mayner is the first Israeli to win fashion's coveted Karl Lagerfeld Prize
The global competition was created to honor and support young fashion designers around the world.