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.

Summer 2017 – Men On The Move

Fashion Group International® DC Presents
SS17 Men On The Move

On June 22, 2017 at 7p.m. The Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc will present Men On The Move at Paul Stuart CityCenterDC.  Men On The Move will feature international leaders of the fashion industry discussing the male’s perspective of the predominately female-dominated fashion industry and the increasing market share of men’s fashion in the industry. The panel will be moderated by Timothy R. Lowery the General Manager of CityCenterDC. Our international and domestic panelists include:

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)

Complimentary gourmet bites from Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, and complimentary libations from District Distilling Co. will be served.
Adding to the festivities, an after party will follow at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House!

Thursday, June 22, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Paul Stuart
906 I St NW, Washington DC 20001

FGIDC Members – $25
Non-Members – $35

*Tickets Are Limited

Eventbrite - FGIDC® SS17 Men On The Move











Timothy R. Lowery 

Timothy R. Lowery has been with the international real estate firm Hines since 2002 and has been responsible for the management, coordination, due diligence, project management and leasing of over seven (7) million square-feet of property developed and acquired by Hines in multiple regions during his tenure with the company. Timothy is a Senior Manager with Hines and serves as the General Manager of the CityCenterDC project. After being in multiple locations during his career, Timothy now considers Washingtonian, DC home and is a proud Washingtonian…named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the top ten Washington, DC Style Setters of 2016.









Ralph Auriemma

Ralph Auriemma has now been the creative Director of Paul Stuart, a bastion of classic American menswear and timeless style, for over 4 years. A sartorial institution that has successfully maintained an extremely high quality of design and construction since its inception in 1938. Paul Stuart takes its inspiration from the golden-age of Hollywood, finding the fine balance between the brash and the understated in its creations. Ralph Auriemma is responsible for this meticulous approach to the American sartorial powerhouse, and knows a thing or two about the industry – he’s a veteran of the menswear scene.









Samuel Nettey

Working in Menswear buying for over a decade. Started as an assistant buyer for one of the biggest department stores in London Debenhams where he worked on men’s accessories and eventually footwear.

He then got head hunted to Next where he took the helm as the buyer for the men’s footwear division. Recently covered by GQ, he left the retailer to join the International footwear supplier Sugi International, where he has established the firm’s first U.K office, as the Head of design and development .










Sam Quaye

Sam is the EMEA Planning Manager at Nike, overseeing performance and athletic wear. He is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. With a successful tracks record, he has been working in the fashion industry for over 12 years. He began his career at the high end and design led British brand Kurt Geiger, and worked for the most desirable international brands including Fred Perry, Harrods and Ralph Lauren across Europe.












Michael James Lee

Michael is currently the buying manager for Coach, looking after men’s and women’s runway collection for the the European business across retail and wholesale.  He previously worked at Ralph Lauren as buyer for men’s wovens and purple label, All Saints as menswear buyer, and bought branded sportswear at Debenhams.










Anton Papich

Anton Papich, part of the award winning duo of Anton+Prehn, has a passion for creating sensuous images that envelope the viewers’ senses. Focusing primarily on fashion editorials and celebrity portraiture and inspired by the images of Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Lillian Bassman, his cutting edge style has been seen in countless editorial publications ranging from Surface magazine, Essence, Italian Vogue, PopLife, Food, as well as virtually every publication in the D.C. Metropolitan area including Modern Luxury, Capitol File, Washington Life, Baltimore Bride and Washingtonian. Twenty five years after embarking on this creative journey he continues to divide his time between D.C., NY and LA.

Sourcing & Manufacturing

The Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc. (FGIDC) hosted an amazing Sourcing & Manufacturing Workshop on Tuesday, May 23rd. The panel was moderated by the lovely designer Kim Elleen, and an in-depth discussion on product development, sourcing, and production kept the crowd engaged.

A huge thank you to our amazing speakers, Rosalie Ferris – Pattern Sample Sew, Zoe Zeldman – Zoe Feldman Design, Ryan Fous – Domestic Clothing Company, Brendan DeLuca – Domestic Clothing Company, and Wafiqu Chowdhury – Global Garment Sourcing Partners.