Maison Academia (former NextStyler) is a Made in Italy fashion brand created by emerging designers from all over the world through the site www.maisonacademia.com.
It gives voice to the new generation of fashion designers offering them the opportunity to make sketches which will be produced by Italian manufacturing companies and sold on the site’s online shop.
The community of the site and a Jury, made of professional experts in fashion, choose the best sketches to be produced.
Maison Academia combines innovation and tradition, any collections go through an innovative creative process, the co-creation, thanks to the website and the brand is also in compliance with the highest quality standards and care of details, distinctive features of the Italian manufacturing tradition.
Maurizio Palumbo and Mary Palomba are co-founders of NextStyler, now Maison Academia. We both come from Communication and Adv. We have worked in Adv Agencies for 7 years. That’s in one of these agencies we have met and have worked together for 4 years and finally decided to give life to NextStyler’s idea.
We bot have several years of experience in communication related to fashion and we've noticed that the emerging fashion designers that work for big brands can't express their creativity at all or try to launch their career. So we decided to give a chance to them trough the creation of a fashion brand totally made by them.
For Maison Academia we will maintain a keen awareness of trends within the industry. We will keep up with the site community and will also work with public relations. We will m
Maison Academia proposes some contests where the designers participate by uploading their fashion sketches.
The designers are guided by a Mentoring Team that support them for the revision of the sketch. Then the sketches are voted by the community and the best rated ones are finally selected by a Jury made of world fashion’s professionals.
The finalists will be able to see their creations taking part in the collection by Maison Academia, that is their sketches will be manufactured by us through partnerships with Italian manufacturing companies and sold on Maison Academia online-shop.
Maison Academia, former NextStyler, won the contest Web Factor Show me your best!,by Wind Business Factor. The team has spent a month in Silicon Valley because finalist at Mind The Bridge Business Plan Competition 2011.In May 2012, NextStyler has been selected to represent Italy at Italian Business & Investment Initiative in New York. In October 2012 they've been selected for TechCrunch Italy.