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.


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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


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