Cocktails & Conversations – Summer 2017


Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc Invites You to
Cocktails & Conversation
Meet The 2017 New Members

Join the FGIDC board poolside for an evening of networking and relationship building with our new 2017 members:

Dana Matasa
Royal Blue Fine Clothing

Frederique Stephanie
The Pop Up House

Joy Kingsley-Ibeh
LoveJoy Image

Marquia Kinard

Jeff Enriquez
Jeff Enriquez Makeup

Kendall Dishek
Laura Lee Designs

Tracey Crockett

Elizabeth St John
Elizabeth St John

Chris Loney
London’s Pedisoaks

Keke Olisemeka

Sahra Schukraft
Shop the City, LLC

Joelle Firzli
Design and Flow

Kaitlin Puccio
Bent Frame

Donna Reamy
Virginia Commonwealth University

VIDA Penthouse Pool Club
1212 4th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Non-Members: $10

Cash Bar


* Membership will be validated

Eventbrite - FGIDC Presents Cocktails and Conversation - Summer 2017

International Men On The Move

On the evening of Thursday, June 22, 2017 FGIDC hosted their third annual men’s event, MEN ON THE MOVE at the Paul Stuart Store in CityCenterDC.  The beautiful home of the luxury retailer was the perfect location to host such an esteemed international executive panel.  Attendees enjoyed gourmet bites from Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, and complimentary specialty cocktails from District Distilling Co.. Additionally, gift cards from Grooming Lounge, and Blank Label were presented to each attendee.

The panel discussion was lead by Timothy R. Lowery, General Manager of CityCenterDC.  The international and domestic executive panel included:

Ralph Auriemma – Creative Director, Paul Stuart (New York, NY)
Samuel Nettey – Head of Design & Development, Sugi International (London, UK)
Sam Quaye – DTC Planning Manager, Nike Headquarters in (Amsterdam, NL)
Michael James Lee – Buying Manager, Coach (London, UK)
Anton Papich – Fashion Photographer (Washington, DC)

The discussion covered everything from how each participant got their start in the fashion industry, to the current state of the global retail environment and the men’s category within it. As the panel came to a close questions were addressed by the 90+ attendees.

Once the event was over, the festivities continued next door at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House for an amazing after party!

Member Profiles | Spencer Hurd


This week we are excited to profile another amazing FGIDC member Spencer Hurd!  Spencer is definitely someone to look out for in the men’s fashion scene in the DC Metro!

1. How did you land at your position?

I’ve been interested in fashion and more importantly, entrepreneurship, as long as I can remember. As a teenager, I always dreamt of having my own business. Despite this drive to be an entrepreneur, somehow, my professional pursuits were on a corporate trajectory. After finishing an MBA in 2009, I decided to take a position working for the US Government in Germany. While living overseas, my interest in fashion continued. I started attending fashion tradeshows in Florence, Italy, and deiced that if the opportunity ever presented itself, I would open a men’s apparel boutique. In the Spring on 2014, I moved back to the US and found myself in Washington, DC. Being back in the states brought the opportunity to pursue my business aspirations. I started looking for an available retail space and before I knew it, the stars aligned and Whiskey Ginger was born.

2. Where do you find your inspiration / motivation?

I’m inspired and motivated by the interaction I have with my customers. Frequently, I’ll have someone come back to the shop and tell me they received multiple compliments after wearing something they had purchased from Whiskey Ginger. That’s when I know I’ve been successful. It’s one thing to push my concept of what I think is cool, versus receiving affirmation from my customers that they in fact felt confident and cool. That type of customer interaction is really rewarding and motivates me to be even more meticulous in the collections I curate.

3. Why do you call the DC area home?

Growing up in the West, I consider myself more of a West Coast kid. While working overseas, I realized that at some point I would need to come “home”. And, as a Government employee, it just made sense to land in DC. I was offered a position with NASA and decided to accept. Honestly, during the first 6 months, I didn’t really like DC. It has a very unique culture that I didn’t feel I fit into. But, soon the city grew on me. For a relatively small city, you have access to world renowned arts and culture. I also really enjoy that the city is experiencing a cultural revolution. So many young professionals are moving back to the city center. It’s becoming slightly more fashionably diverse. It’s exciting to be a part of the transformation.

4. What in your career are you most proud of?

I’m not one to boast in my perceived accomplishments. If I were to look back, one of the things I’m most proud of is the fact that I actually turned my dreams into reality. I think everyone talks about starting a small business. It’s a lofty ideal. But, very few actually put the words into practice. It’s been so much work! But, I don’t regret it in the least and has been one of the biggest adventures of my life.

5. Tell us about a time you felt you had failed?

I fail on a small scale constantly. That’s part of learning and growing. I think what’s most important is that you learn from your mistakes, pick yourself up, and keep going. As a small business owner, there are so many challenges. The list is endless. Just do and don’t get too down on yourself when you stumble a bit.

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

I love that FGI is so collaborative and connected. The workshops and the networking has been so beneficial. It’s also great to have the opportunity to talk to others who have faced similar challenges, are sharing a similar path, or hope to. Of all of the organizations I’ve been a part of since opening Whiskey Ginger, FGI has been the most beneficial. It has a lot to do with Whiskey Ginger being in the fashion industry, but it is also due to how awesome and supportive the members are.

FW17 Trend Presentation + Marketing and Social Media Trends

On Thursday, June 1 2017, The Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc. (FGIDC) hosted the FW17 Trend Presentation + Marketing and Social Media Workshop.  After reviewing the FW17 Trend Presentation, the panel and workshop participants dove into an in-depth discussion on the current social media and marketing trends.  The panelists also shared the strategies they have used to grow their following and business.  A huge thank you to our amazing panelists for being so transparent, and an absolute great time!

Angela Bobo (Moderator + FGIDC Board) – TAA PR
Ambyr Hanks (Panelist + FGIDC Board) – HZDG
Sarah Phillips (Panelist) – 52 Thursdays
Heloise McKee (Panelist) – Mintwood Home


Member Profiles | Heather Shaw Menis

This week’s member profile showcases one of FGIDC’s board members, Heather Shaw Menis. Learn more about Heather and her career below!

1. How did you land your position?

I was the Marketing Director at Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria when I had a baby.  I needed more flexibility in my work schedule as a working mom, but also wanted to continue marketing fashion and luxury products, so I decided to carve my own path by opening a consulting business doing just that.
2. Where do you find your inspiration/motivation?
The network of female entrepreneurs and successful working moms in my life provide endless motivation. In this community, I feel an ever-present push to be my best self.
3. Why do you call the DC area home?

My husband and I both grew up moving all the time – we met at University of Maryland and shared a mutual love of the diversity (in activities, in people and in landscape) that the DC area offers.  We decided to make this our permanent home and are excited to give our son a chance to feel rooted in a way that we did not.

4.  What in your career are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the decision to go out on my own, pondering this prospect terrified me for years, but the autonomy is priceless.

5. Tell us about a time you felt you had failed.

Too many to count!  (Hi, I’m Heather and I lie in bed every night silently mumbling a catalog of self-directed insults) I recently took a class. The subject matter was very technical and I’m a tactile learner. So rather than working on my final project, I was staying up late every night testing my knowledge.  My project presentation was abysmal, especially for someone whose job it is to know how important presentation is! BUT, I passed and I really learned the material – I had to keep reminding myself that was the goal. I believe we all get better when we operate outside of our comfort zones – and most of those pesky haunting thoughts are a result of pushing ourselves.

6. What do you see as the biggest value of an FGI membership?
I’m blown away at every FGIDC event because of the breadth and depth of fashion talent in our city – I would probably never know all of these amazing people if it weren’t for FGI. And of course, there is no better way to get access to the international fashion community than FGI.