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
GlamQui

Jeff Enriquez
Jeff Enriquez Makeup

Kendall Dishek
Laura Lee Designs

Tracey Crockett
Chic.Classy.Spicy.

Elizabeth St John
Elizabeth St John

Chris Loney
London’s Pedisoaks

Keke Olisemeka
StyleYourSelfie.Com

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
6:30p-8:30p

FGIDC Members: FREE
Non-Members: $10

Cash Bar

#FGIDC

* Membership will be validated

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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!

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!

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

WHERE:
Paul Stuart
906 I St NW, Washington DC 20001

FGIDC Members – $25
Non-Members – $35

*Tickets Are Limited

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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 GQhttp://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/gq-menswear-briefing-5-january-2017, 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.

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!

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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.