Positive Impact Awards: Phelan, P.LAB Award for Design Innovation


This year, to celebrate the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator’s first year in operation, we want to acknowledge some of the individuals who have been alongside us, have inspired us and are part of the journey forward. With that, we are launching the first annual Pratt Institute/BF+DA Positive Impact Awards.

BF+DA Venture Fellow Amanda Phelan, founder of Phelan, has won the p.LAB Award for Design Innovation.

We asked Amanda how has technology altered heritage crafts like knitting? Has it reawakened a whole new legion of designers?

“Absolutely. I am attracted to contemporary knitwear, because it has created this interesting bridge between old world arts and crafts and new technology. While knitting still retains this aura of old techniques and craftsmanship, or even female domain, the digital age has transformed the craft into a high-tech, complex medium that is both material and immaterial. The potential for experimentation is endless.”

RSVP for our awards ceremony here.