Spring 2017 Fashion Business Workshops

A Workshop series aimed to provide fashion and creative industry focused entrepreneurs with knowledge, tools, and resources that will grow and strengthen their businesses.

May 16, 2017
Lessons on Legal

May 23, 2017
Business of Sourcing and Manufacturing

June 1, 2017
FW17 Trend Presentation + Marketing and Social Media Trends

All Events – 6:30p-8:00p
Canvas Co/Work
1203 19th Street NW Washington, DC 20036

Tickets per Workshop
FGIDC Members – $15
Non-Members – $25
At the Door – $30

We look forward to connecting, learning and engaging with you at the #FGIDCWorkshops!

Eventbrite - The Fashion Group International® of DC presents Fashion Business Workshops

Member Profiles | Barnette Holston


We are excited to profile another amazing FGIDC member Barnette Holston this week.  Barnette is definitely a men’s fashion leader in the DC Metro!
How did you land your position?

I’ve always had a love of fashion. However, I never knew how I could fit in the industry. I loved writing about fashion but never really considered being an influencer until someone suggested I showcase my style and get in front of the camera.

I want guys to be able to embrace fashion and maybe learn a little along the way.

Where do you find your inspiration/motivation?

I find inspiration in a variety of things. The change in seasons, a special look from a favorite designer or maybe even sites I see when I travel play into my style. I like to look at these things and find a way to make them my own.

Why do you call the DC area home?

I have lived in the area since I was 2 with brief stints away for college and my first job. DC is an amazingly vibrant city. It has all the activity of a big city but with the charm of feeling like a small town.

What in your career are you most proud of?

I don’t know if it’s proud but I feel very honored that people look to me for style inspiration. I like to think that I have a voice and I’m grateful that I get a chance to be heard.

Tell us about a time you felt you had failed.

It’s hard when you are putting forth your best effort and brands or agencies don’t like your work. Rejection can be very difficult. However, it just gives me the determination to work with those that appreciate what I do.

What do you see as the biggest value of an FGI membership?

I believe it will help me continue to establish myself as an influencer in men’s fashion and lifestyle. I believe it’s a great way to make connections.


Member Profiles | Maggy Francois


We are excited to profile another amazing FGIDC member Maggy Francois this week.  Maggy is definitely a mover and shaker in the DC Metro.  Enjoy!

How did you land at your position?

Majority of us love fashion one way or the other. Many of us know it and some don’t. I never knew my love for passion until my 2nd year in college. People write off fashion as being very materialistic but in reality it is not. We have to wear clothes every single day, it’s a necessity, apart of us and who we are. My parents introduced me to this crazy world of fashion and they didn’t even know it. When I was in college I was really focused on becoming a nurse, and quickly realized that was not the route I wanted to take. I challenged myself and changed my major and from then on, my focus was to build a business that takes dedication, lots of time management and EDUCATE through DESIGN. Being in the fashion industry has allowed me to now grow into film, entertainment and many more opportunities.


“There isn’t ever one time we fail. I still go through at least one failure every year that teaches me a lesson on how to proceed and keep it moving. Failures are my teachable moments.”


Where do you find your inspiration/motivation?

Once upon a time, I posted one of my favorite quotes ” Black women are made of out of brown sugar, honey, cocoa and gold. And the strength of ten thousand moons.” I still do not know how I do it!! I have several mentors who keep me grounded. They are not afraid to point out my mistakes or provide me with advice that helps me stay grounded. It’s not easy and every day is a hustle but when you love what you do it’s inspiring for yourself and others.

Why do you call the DC area home?

When I moved here from NYC, I did not plan to stay but ended up making it a home. I am die hard New Yorker and DC doesn’t exactly have the bright lights of NYC, but it does have a tiny bit of electric energy in the air. It’s a very different kind of energy, of course but it works for the people that live here. Also, it’s a booming area for creatives like me, full of wannabe celebrities in DC than NYC, …sorry I had to say it 🙂 and many more movers and shakers.

What in your career are you most proud of?

Being able to encourage young creatives to pursue their passion is very rewarding. I am that voice that helps make them turn their fashion for passion to life. Many people look at fashion as a fantasy world, but it’s a billion dollar business and why not show our youth how to monetize doing what you love.

Tell us about a time you felt you had failed?

There isn’t ever one time we fail. I still go through at least one failure every year that teaches me a lesson on how to proceed and keep it moving. Failures are my teachable moments.

What do you see as the biggest value of an FGI membership?

FGI is a great support to help building your brand through networking. In addition, FGI meets the needs of the fashion design industry and provides the knowledge and expertise needed.

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Cocktails & Conversations With Creative DC Influencers

On Tuesday, March 21st an amazing group of  creative professionals enjoyed thought provoking conversations at Cocktails & Conversations at Locale Workspace.  FGIDC Director Robin Fisher and the 2017-2018 board greeted all the influencers and guests as they arrived.  The evening’s featured creative influencers included: Monling Lee (2016 Rising Star Winner), Hunt Laudi Studio and Color Index; Virginia Arrisueño, DeNada; Kerra Michele Huerta ( 2016 Rising Star Winner), Apartment Envy, Kerra Michele Interiors, and Bureau; Davin Gentry (2016 Rising Star Winner), Premium Co.; Becky Waddell, Be Clean Shop; Kevin Hallums (2016 Rising Star Winner), Premium Co.. FGIDC members and prospective members enjoyed great music as they sipped their cocktails, and discussed their future plans.

Member Profiles | Lynda Erkiletian

FGIDC is rolling out with member profiles to highlight some of our members who are a part of our chapter. Our first member profile will be on Lynda Erkiletian founder of T.H.E Artist Agency.

How did you land your position?

As founder of T•H•E Artist Agency, I created it. 😉

Where do you find your inspiration/motivation?

Life and THE Universe inspire me. People, Mother Nature, Art, Music, the Moon and Stars.

Every day when I wake up, I am inspired by what surrounds me. As a Virgo, it is my nature to want to improve upon the status quo. My motivation comes from wanting to cultivate growth in myself and in others, wanting things to be better than they are. I find inspiration in paying it forward by helping those in our community.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”  – Rumi

Why do you call the DC area home?

I relocated to the DMV area over 40 years ago. After visiting multiple cities, I found the nature of DC to be uniquely intriguing and felt it was the right fit for me. In addition to the political undercurrent, there was an exciting creative movement flourishing throughout the city. The timing was right to follow my dream of developing a business that would both serve the fashion and beauty industry, as well as encourage creativity and artistic awareness. Timing is everything and home is where the heart is.

What in your career are you most proud of?

I’m proud to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of T•H•E Artist Agency this April. I am grateful to everyone who has made this possible: my bad-ass partner, Elizabeth Centenari; our devoted T•H•E team, the talented artists we represent, our loyal clients, and a community that celebrates the value of our industry.

Tell us about a time you felt you had failed.

Failure is never an option; a perceived failure is an unparalleled opportunity to grow, which is a great success!

What do you see as the biggest value of an FGI membership?

Networking with the amazing people in our industry, both locally and nationally.


Follow Lynda and T.H.E Artist Agency


Cocktails & Conversation | Spring 2017

Cocktails & Conversation – Spring 2017

Join DC’s Local Creatives

Monling Lee

Rising Star Winner

Hunt Laudi Studio, Color Index

Architectural and Urban Designer

Virginia Arrisueño


Founder & Lead Designer

Kerra Michele Huerta

Rising Star Winner

Apartment Envy, Kerra Michele Interiors, Bureau

Founder & Owner

Davin Gentry

Rising Star Winner

Premium Co.


Becky Waddell

Be Clean Shop


Kevin Hallums

Rising Star Winner

Premium Co.

Managing Partner/Business Development

Locale Workspace

1320B H Street NE

Washington DC

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


FGIDC Members: Free

Non-Members: $10

RSVP: FGIDCCocktails.eventbrite.com

Impact of Trends Spring/Summer 2017

On Tuesday, February 7 2016, The Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc. (FGIDC) hosted the Impact of Trends Spring/Summer 2017 presentation and business workshop.  The discussion was all about exploring how to keep your business current and competitive while translating and implementing the international runway trends.  Our speakers represented retail (Theresa Watts – Lettie Gooch), Design (Sophie Blake – Sophie Blake NY), and Beauty (Jeff Enriquez – Makeup Machine).  The guests received insider industry knowledge on everything from the process of reviewing and breaking down the shows,  to some of the challenges a creative faces when the market is just not ready for a trend!


Spring/Summer 2017 Impact of Trends Presentation & Workshop

Fashion Group International® DC Presents Spring/Summer 2017 Impact of Trends Workshop & Presentation

Join us for a workshop that explores the international RTW runway trends curated by FGI, and the impact they make on today’s fashion and beauty professionals.


Theresa Watts
Owner, Lettie Gooch Boutique

Sophie Blake
Jewelry Designer, Sophie Blake NY

Jeff Enriquez
Celebrity Makeup Artist, Jeff Enriquez  Makeup

Tuesday, February 7th

7:00 pm – 9:00 om

Canvas Co/Work
1203 19th Street NW
Washington DC 20036

Members – $25
Non-Members – $35

Eventbrite - FGIDC® Spring/Summer 2017 Trends Presentation & Workshop


Event Sponsor: Canvas Co/Work

Showcasing the Best of DC Fashion: Rising Stars 2016


Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC Celebrated The City’s Emerging Talent
At the 2016  Rising Star Awards @ Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel

It is often said that fashion and Washington, DC do not belong in the same sentence. On Thursday, December 1st, the Fashion Group International(R)  of Greater Washington, DC Region hosted their biennial Rising Star awards event honoring Washington, DC’s emerging talent at Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel.

Almost a 100 of Washington’s most fashionable people showed up to celebrate the honorees and to toast the industry at the awards reception. FGIDC’s 2016 Rising Stars were honored in the categories of Womenwear, Menswear, Jewelry and Accessories, Beauty Professionals, Beauty Products, Fashion Photography, Interiors, New Media, and Styling.

The Rising Star Awards in DC were presented by industry leaders. After presentations of awards, DJ CYD rocked the well-heeled crowd while they enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Kimpton Mason & Rook.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! You are an inspiration and proof that the best is yet to come for the Washington DC fashion & creative industries.

Rising Stars 2016 Winners

Nicole Alfieri, Pico Vela

Kevin Hallums & Davin Gentry – Premium Co.

Drew Graham, SwitchWood

Sarah Bayot – Kicheko Gooods

Kate Warren, GoKateShoot

Kerra Michele Huerta, Apartment Envy

New Media
Monling Lee, Color Index

Beauty: Professional
Jeff Enriquez, Makeup Machine

Beauty: Products
Kitiya King, Mischo Beauty

Stara Pezeshkian, StaraGlam

Event Photos – Courtesy of A Little Bit of Whimsy Photography

History of Rising Stars & A Word from the 2016 Nominees

Thank you from the 2016 FGIDC Board



Inspiration From The Men In Motion


On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 FGIDC hosted their second MEN IN MOTION talk at the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store in Chevy Chase. The talk was paired off with whiskey tasting, snacks, and coffee tasting from Organo. Additionally, over $200 worth of swag that each attendee received from Grooming Lounge, Whiskey Ginger, Switchwood, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

A panel discussion with some of the top leading men in the industry followed, which was, moderated Timothy Lowery, General Manager of CityCenterDC. The panel consisted of Omar Aboudi, Brand Manager of Isaia; Jordan Jackson, Designer Men’s Apparel for Under Armour; Tamon George, Co-Founder of the Creative Theory; and Wafiqu Chowdhury, Garment Manufacturer for Global Garment Sourcing Partners. Question after question from the 60+ attendees indicated FGI struck a chord with the men’s fashion & lifestyle community. There was a real hunger for conversation and action when it came to the needs of the men’s lifestyle sector. Omar Aboudi and Tamon George spoke to the influence that men have in the men’s fashion industry and that “men need a reference point” because they generally don’t follow trends as fast as women. Jordan Jackson also found interesting that his market likes to post and share their outfits on social media. When asked by Timothy Lowery “what is one thing you want everyone to leave with” Wafiqu responded “do you! Do what makes you feel confident and exudes your personal taste.”

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