Member Profiles | Frederique Stephanie

How did you land your position?

I was in fashion PR for over 10 years in Paris and London. Part of my job included being responsible for orchestrating very successful traditional and digital PR/Marketing Campaigns and launching international brands into new markets (including New Look, Adidas, Stella McCartney, Hotel Costes, TOMS, to name a few). After 10 years of building strong relationships in the industry and with international press, celebrities and brands, I decided to go solo and focus on styling and creative direction.

Where do you find your inspiration/motivation?

I’m a bit of a book “worm” and a lot of my inspiration comes from reading. I also am an “old” soul and regularly dive into old films. I frequently visit museums. My mother is my biggest motivation. She gave me a “Mary Poppins” bag as a gift when I was born. Whatever challenge life throws at me, there’s always a tool to fix it, in my impressive bag.

“Do you want the truth or something beautiful? I was convinced growing up that I would become the black Édith Piaf….”

Why do you call the DC area home?

It’s not quite home yet, but I’m working on it. There’s potential….

What in your career are you most proud of?

My integrity, loyalty and willingness to go above and beyond and create magic. I strongly believe that this is why I have been so successful. Good people always remember and are always willing to help out if they can see the potential in you.

Tell us about a time you felt you had failed.

Do you want the truth or something beautiful? I was convinced growing up that I would become the black Edith Piaf…. Needless to say things didn’t work out the way I had envisaged they would….

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

Being surrounded with like-minded individuals. It is a safe place to land and people to lean on when challenges come up.

 

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Workshop – FW17 Trends + Marketing & Social Media Trends

 

Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc presents
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.

FW17 Trend Presentation + Marketing & Social Media Trends – Spend the evening with us as we review the FW17 Runway trends and dive into the importance of content marketing and social media with our local panel of experts.

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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

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

RSVP today, we look forward to connecting, learning and engaging with you at the #FGIDCWorkshops!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela Bobo – Moderator + FGIDC Board

As the digital strategist and social media manager for TAA PR , Angela Bobo focuses on dispersing content online and through social platforms that shapes a client’s identity, connects them to the consumer and helps them effectively reach their business goals. Prior to joining the agency, she was the fashion editor for Northern Virginia Magazine, responsible for conceptualizing editorial content both online and in print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambyr Hanks – Panelist + FGIDC Board

Ambyr Hanks is the founder and blogger for The Written Runway, as well as the Content Marketing Manager at HZDG. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design in Merchandising, Ambyr’s career began working in the entertainment industry as a celebrity stylist. After 3 years of celebrity styling she continued to expand her love for content and style working as a ghostwriter, blogger and social media manager for other stylists and brands. The Written Runway was built as a creative platform for Ambyr to share her styling eye, personal experiences and content partnerships. In tandem with The Written Runway, Ambyr’s role on HZDG’s Content Studio is to help strategize and execute on brand campaigns and influencer marketing initiatives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Phillips – Panelist

Founder, Sarah Phillips, started out as a Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger 4 years ago, with blog 52 Thursdays, and continues to create high-end digital content for her blog and many other lifestyle-focused brands and businesses while residing in Washington, DC. Her knowledge and dedication to fitness has landed her many partnerships with top activewear brands and also as the Fashion and Beauty Editor of Strong Fitness Magazine. She knows the ins and outs of working with bloggers, influencers, PR agencies and is excited to create engaging new content that will grab your audience’s attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heloise McKee – Panelist

Heloise McKee Mitchell is the founder and lead designer of the online home decor boutique, Mintwood Home. From curating pieces for her online marketplace to offering personal interior design services, Heloise is fully immersed in the DMV design and creative community. While studying for her masters in special education, The Washington Post approached her about doing a story on her rental apartment, which she transformed into a beautiful, budget-friendly retreat. Soon after the story ran she traded in her chalkboard for a job working with a top DC design firm. Heloise’s business savvy and creative instincts have allowed her to grow Mintwood Home and pursue her passion for design.

FGIDC Workshop – Sourcing & Manufacturing

 

Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc presents
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.

Sourcing & Manufacturing – Join us for an evening of discussion as local fashion & interior panelists dive into the business of local vs. international sourcing and manufacturing opportunities.

Date: May 23, 2017

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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

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

RSVP today, we look forward to connecting, learning and engaging with you at the #FGIDCWorkshops!

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Kim Elleen – Moderator + FGIDC Board

Designer Kim Elleen (pronounced el-LEEN), an attorney and journalist by education and trade, launched her own clothing design business Kim Elleen Collection in 2010 focused on busy women like herself. The hallmarks of her label are her custom-created colorful bold prints and classic-yet-modern silhouettes, all comfortable enough for a busy lifestyle, from casual wear to formal occasions. Her entire collection is sourced in the United States. Her designs have been featured in fashion shows, magazines including Brides, Veux, Imagine, Luxe, Northern Virginia Magazine, Bliss and Façon Magazine and worn on red carpets from New York to Los Angeles. Kim also works a journalist and political and legal analyst.

 

Rosalie Ferris – Panelist

Rosalie Ferris is a technical designer, pattern maker and manufacturer of sewn goods for the fashion and home goods industries in DC.  She also provides technical design work for designers of other types of sewn goods including medical-related products.  She works through the technical design process with her clients to help them bring their design ideas from ideation through pattern and sample making to final production.    

Rosalie hails from Canada originally and has had the good fortune to live in a number of countries before landing in Washington, DC.  She started sewing at a very young age and has always had a passion both for fashion and for creating things.  Rosalie holds an honours degree in Costume Studies from Dalhousie University where she developed her skills in pattern drafting, technical sewing, historical dress, textile studies and tailoring.  She also holds a Certificate in Fashion Retail Buying from Toronto’s George Brown College.  Post-university she headed up the production department for a DC sewing studio, taught advanced sewing lessons, designed costumes for theatre productions, exhibited her work locally and sewed in the costume department at the Washington National Opera.  Rosalie established her own business, Pattern Sample Sew, in early 2014.  She is thrilled to be part of DC’s growing creative entrepreneurial community. 

You can find Rosalie most days at her custom cutting table or at one of the industrial sewing machines in her light-filled studio overlooking the tracks at Off the Beaten Track Warehouse in the Langdon neighbourhood of NE DC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoe Zeldman – Panelist

Zoe Feldman Design, Inc. is a boutique Washington, DC based interior design firm. Zoe has been decorating homes along the East Coast for over 10 years. An accomplished freelance writer and TV personality, Zoe has been published in several national websites and appeared on multiple television shows. Zoe was an ivillage Home and Garden expert writing pieces on decorating and entertaining and appearing as a guest “ivillage expert” on the accompanying television show, ivillage LIVE. Most notably, she has appeared as a guest decorator on NBC’s Today Show. In 2011, Zoe was presented the “Ones To Watch” award by the DC Design Center. Zoe studied design at Parsons School of Design and worked for four years as a designer for Alexa Hampton at the premiere Manhattan based design firm, Mark Hampton, Inc. Currently, Zoe Feldman Design, Inc. is decorating houses in the Washington, DC Metro area, NYC, the Hamptons and South Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Fous – Panelist

Ryan is the Creative Director and co-founder of Domestic Clothing Company. He holds a degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado and then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland. Due to his father’s career in the Foreign Service, he grew up abroad. During his time overseas, Ryan witnessed firsthand the impact that poor manufacturing practices and difficult working conditions have on a population. This is experience is why he is passionate about domestic manufacturing. Ryan joined the Domestic Clothing Company team in 2015 to develop the brand identity and establish a marketing strategy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brendan DeLuca – Panelist

Brendan DeLuca is the founder of Domestic Clothing Company. Graduating with a Finance degree from the Catholic University of America and an interest in manufacturing, Brendan was intrigued by the popularity of outsourcing of our manufacturing and the effect it was having on the United States. After seeing apparel manufacturing dwindle to 2%, he was inspired to see if he could create a men’s apparel brand to bring back Amercian manufacturing and American quality. After two years of sourcing and design, Domestic Clothing Company launched their first Oxford in 2016. Domestic Clothing Company is a driving force in the Made in USA movement and is fighting every inch to bring back American manufacturing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wafiqu Chowdhury – Panelist

Currently residing in NYC originally from the DC area where I formally worked for LVMH at the Louis Vuitton Flagship styling athletes and various VIP’s but then had the opportunity to follow my passion and step into the visual production industry, after working on smaller projects within the past 3 years I’ve currently only seen myself working on play makers through out this time I’ve produced on visuals for brands like Nike to Gucci. While producing videos I reflected back on my youth of traveling to Bangladesh every summer and spending days on ends in our massive full compliant factories, so I thought to myself…. I know theres a way I can bridge this gap between the two industries. Flash forward I realized I could potentially connect certain brands to visit our facilities in potential hopes of manufacturing together, and here we are today working on knitwear programs globally with an array of house hold brands such as Calvin Klein Uniqlo etc., with companies like Adidas & Asos.

FGIDC Workshop – Lessons on Legal

 

Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc presents
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.

Lessons on Legal – A panel of fashion law experts join us for an evening of education as we uncover the importance of trademarks, copywriting and common inquiries that arise in the fashion community.

Date: May 16, 2017

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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

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

RSVP today, we look forward to connecting, learning and engaging with you at the #FGIDCWorkshops!

 

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Hilary Jochmans – Moderator + FGIDC Member 

Hilary Francoise Jochmans is president of Jochmans Consulting, LLC, a boutique government affairs practice. She works with clients to determine their policy goals in Washington and New York and to craft an appropriate and effective advocacy plan at the state and federal levels. She focuses on financial services, technology, economic development and fashion. Hilary has also written on political and regulatory issues of importance to the fashion and retail industry. Hilary has over 15 years of political and government experience in Washington and New York. Most recently before founding the company, Hilary was the Director of the New York State Governor’s Office in Washington for both Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson, and the Deputy Director for Eliot Spitzer. In that capacity, she served as the Governor’s chief liaison with Congressional leadership, the NY Congressional delegation and federal agencies. In addition, she worked to develop and execute the Governor’s federal agenda and lobbying strategy to advance the priorities of the state. Hilary also spent 11 years on Capitol Hill working for Senator Tom Carper of Delaware and for Congressman Gary Ackerman of New York. Hilary holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. In addition, she completed the Fordham Fashion Law Institute Summer Intensive Program. She is an active member of several bar associations including the New York City Bar Association Fashion Law Committee where she has organized and spoken on several panels including Wearable Technology Policy Updates, Made in NY, and Lobbying 101, as well as the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Design in the Digital Age and Cardozo Law School’s Conscious Couture: How U.S. Fashion Companies Are Addressing Problems in Overseas Garment Factories. She is admitted to the US Supreme Court Bar and the New York State Bar. Hilary is a member of the Women’s High Tech Coalition and the Fashion Group International DC chapter.

 

Nicole Cober – Panelist

Born to blaze trails, Nicole Cober’s entrepreneurial spirit was cultivated as the owner and operator of Soul Day Spa and Salon, a spa and hair salon chain that served as a revitalization catalyst in a burgeoning area of the Nation’s Capital. Over the course of nearly ten years, Soul would be acclaimed for its ingenuity, five-star quality service, and avant-garde branding. The spas were spotlighted in a number of national media outlets, including Essence, People, Allure, The Washingtonian, American Spa, Salon Today, The Washington Post, Upscale, Black Enterprise and the CBS Morning Show to name a few. Soul was featured on the Style Network’s reality show, “Ambush Makeover,” and earned recognition by the Washington City Paper for “Best Stylist” and “Best Spa.” A community champion, Nicole and her team annually partnered with Rachel’s Women’s Shelter in Washington, D.C. to provide complimentary services to residents. Having come full circle in her exciting professional journey, Nicole currently blends her entrepreneurial, business, and legal prowess to offer a distinct suite of services as the Principal Managing Partner of Cober Johnson & Romney. Affectionately known about town as “The Lawyerpreneur”, she takes the concept of business consulting a few steps further, providing a blueprint for gaining business clarity, portraying and positioning authentic brands, and legally protecting those brands, intellectual properties, and creative works. She empowers start-ups and local small businesses to reach their full potential with her creative effective branding and growth strategies. A zealous advocate for her clients, her experience spans a broad spectrum of industries, including entertainment, beauty, creative, and cosmeceutical. She is also a mentor for SCORE and an instructor for the “Emerging Leaders Initiative”; both programs are affiliated with the Small Business Administration. Further, Nicole is a sought-after media influencer who provides her expertise to an array of local and national media. She is a regular small business contributor for American Express OPEN Forum, Black Enterprise, and Citibank’s Women and Co., and she serves as a regular on-air small business consultant for Fox 5 DC and WJLA-TV’s NewsChannel 8. On Fox 5 DC, Nicole also served as the expert for the station’s “Business Savvy Sundays” series. She has also fostered strong relationships with radio outlets such as Sirius, WPGC, WHUR and WKYS and print outlets such as the Washington Post, Allure, Essence, Ebony/Jet, Washingtonian, and People. Nicole also shares her advice with audiences large and small as a public speaker and coach. Nicole is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Howard University School of Law. Prior to Soul Day Spa, Nicole was a litigation associate at Dickstein Shapiro, one of Washington DC’s largest and most renowned law firms. At Dickstein, she specialized in employment and antitrust law. Nicole was also senior law clerk for Chief Judge Annice Wagner of the DC Court of Appeals.

 

Mariessa Terrell – Panelist

Mariessa Terrell is a native Washingtonian who has been practicing law for over 16 years, specializing in trademark, copyright, licensing and contracts. Through her firm, SBC Law Group, Mariessa provides marketing, software licensing and intellectual property law services to a variety of corporate and business development clients. In 2003, Mariessa created Fashion Trademarks, a special division of SBC Law Group dedicated to addressing the unique needs of fashion designers, artists and cosmetic companies. In 2015 Mariessa assumed the role of Adjunct Professor at Howard Law School and Supervising Attorney of the Howard University School of Law IP Law Clinic. In addition to practicing law, Mariessa serves as the Executive Director of the High Tea Society, a mentoring program for girls. Mariessa also produces and hosts a 30 min episodic DCN television series featuring her alter ego Simone Butterfly Fabulous Freelance Fashion Investigator. The TV show is best described as “Fashion & Intellectual Property Attorney, Mariessa Terrell and her quixotic, animated, alter ego, Simone Butterfly, profiles District of Columbia innovators in the fields of fashion, culinary arts and design and advises on ways to protect their creativity using intellectual property law.” Tune in on Fridays at 9pm to watch on Comcast channel 13; RCN channel 16; Verizon channel 16; streaming live at http://video.oct.dc.gov/DCN/jw.html; or YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/SimoneButterflyCo.