Kanye West has just launched a grant for young creatives, which will provide financial assistance and mentorship to budding designers.
Fellow Chicagoan Maisie Schloss is the first recipient of the grant. Schloss is a Parsons graduate and previously worked on the YEEZY womenswear design team. Now, with the help of the grant, she is launching her own brand, called Maisie Wilen, next week in LA, with a second launch in Paris to follow.
In a statement to Vogue, Schloss said, "YEEZY is a really special environment for growing and developing a career. When I started I was just an assistant, but the highly creative and unconventional atmosphere allowed for me to have visibility and input in a wide variety of projects. Kanye very generously offered to support me; he truly cares about sharing resources, creating opportunities for creatives to grow and be recognized."