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.


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

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.

Inspiration From The Men In Motion


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.”