On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 FGIDC hosted their second MEN IN MOTION talk at the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store in Chevy Chase. The talk was paired off with whiskey tasting, snacks, and coffee tasting from Organo. Additionally, over $200 worth of swag that each attendee received from Grooming Lounge, Whiskey Ginger, Switchwood, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
A panel discussion with some of the top leading men in the industry followed, which was, moderated Timothy Lowery, General Manager of CityCenterDC. The panel consisted of Omar Aboudi, Brand Manager of Isaia; Jordan Jackson, Designer Men’s Apparel for Under Armour; Tamon George, Co-Founder of the Creative Theory; and Wafiqu Chowdhury, Garment Manufacturer for Global Garment Sourcing Partners. Question after question from the 60+ attendees indicated FGI struck a chord with the men’s fashion & lifestyle community. There was a real hunger for conversation and action when it came to the needs of the men’s lifestyle sector. Omar Aboudi and Tamon George spoke to the influence that men have in the men’s fashion industry and that “men need a reference point” because they generally don’t follow trends as fast as women. Jordan Jackson also found interesting that his market likes to post and share their outfits on social media. When asked by Timothy Lowery “what is one thing you want everyone to leave with” Wafiqu responded “do you! Do what makes you feel confident and exudes your personal taste.”
On Tuesday, October 18, over 70 fashion professionals enjoyed lively conversations at Cocktails & Conversations at Pinstripes in Georgetown. FGIDC Director Elaine Mensah introduced the evening’s featured members: Robin Fisher, Polished Image & Style; Spencer Hurd, Whiskey Ginger; Debra Fabian, Debra Fabian Designs; Maurisa Potts, Spotted MP; Stara Pezeshkian, Stara Glam; Heather Femia, DJ Heather Femia; and Afua Sam, Studio D’Maxsi Designs. FGIDC members and prospective members sipped their libations, discussed landscape changing ideas and chatted about possible partnerships with fellow industry professionals.
On Friday, July 29 FGIDC Regional Director Elaine Mensah led an intimate discussion on the ins and outs of buying in the fashion industry with Ken Downing, the famed tastemaker who oversees women’s and men’s trends for Neiman Marcus. Over 85 fashion professionals filled the Covington Law Firm office at CityCenterDC where they enjoyed Ecco Domani’s special edition Zac Posen designed Pinto Grigio, light bites, and other refreshments before the discussion with Downing.
Ken Downing talked about his amazing career path and how he ended up the voice of Neiman Marcus fashion. Downing spoke about his frequent trips to DC and how he does not want to hear that DC is a conservative fashion city because he knows it’s not true, and he sees very well dressed individuals and edgy style. Ken also spoke about the rapidly changing landscape of retail and fashion production. He discussed how bloggers and the consumer’s desire for instant gratification has changed the dynamic of how clothes sell.
As a #memberperk, an exclusive opportunity was offered to FGIDC members. Prior to the event, select local designers were able to have a one on one meeting with Ken Downing where he privately reviewed collections with local designers Sophie Blake, Sophie Blake New York; Kim Elleen, Kim Elleen; Drew Storm Graham, SwitchWood; Elena Aiken Crusoe, Elena Design Studio; and Jayne Orthwein.
On Thursday, June 16, an epic thunderstorm may have moved the party, but it did not stop the fun for FGIDC. Over 85 fashion professionals enjoyed lively conversations and newfound comradery at Cocktails & Conversations at Eno Wine Bar at The Four Seasons in Georgetown (formerly planned to be held at The Penthouse Pool Club). FGIDC Director Elaine Mensah introduced the evening’s featured members: T.H.E. Artist Agency Founder Lynda Erkiletian; TAA PR Founder Aba Kwawu; Jewelry Designer & Boutique Owner Sophie Blake; Switchwood Accessories Founder Drew Graham; Mischo Beauty Founder Kitiya King; Caroll Washington of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership; Nadine Naskoviak of Ralph Lauren; and Couture Designer Kim Eileen. FGIDC members and prospective members sipped their libations, discussed landscape changing ideas and chatted about possible partnerships with fellow industry professionals.