Cocktails & Conversations With Industry Professionals

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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.

Still Looking for Places to Shop?

With the weather getting nicer – hopefully – outdoor shopping seems more and more enjoyable. If you are still looking for places to shop after our initial suggestions, here are a few more places to check out for those days you just want to get out of the house or need some retail therapy.

CityCenterDC

CityCenterDC

Downtown DC has become more and more popular with CityCenterDC,  who also sponsored our Fall 2015 trends presentation .Whether you are just window shopping, or you are having a treat yourself day, there are numerous upscale shopping opportunities form Hermes to a Caudalie spa. Also, on your way out don’t forget to get yourself a piece of crack pie form Milk Bar.

 Eastern Market

Eastern Market

Eastern Market is a DC institution with a farmers market that offers a wide array of produce, flowers, baked goods, delicatessen, meats, and much more. With the arts and crafts fair on Saturdays and flea market on Sundays that feature antiques, arts, crafts, and imported goods; there is always something to see.

Union Station

Union Station

The city’s train station, Union Station is home to upscale shops and restaurants. With over 130 stores and numerous restaurants. There is always something to look at. Union Station is also a great place to catch a dinner and movie.

Metro Center

7th St Metro Center

If you are looking for some inexpensive retail therapy Metro Center is where it is at. With staples, such as Zara and H&M, you are sure to find something in style and inexpensive. If you are looking for a bit more luxe, check out Upstairs on 7th where you can get women’s couture fashion and accessories.

14th & U Street

14th&U

There are numerous places to shop at 14th & U street corridor. Redeem is the place to go if you have a more minimalist style. Their clothes are simple, yet unique and upscale for both men and women.  However, if you are shopping for just the men in your life, Whiskey Ginger is the place to stop by. There you can find fashionable men’s clothing and accessories.

Bethesda Row
Bethesda Row

Bethesda Row has a unique mix of shopping and good eats. Nando’s anyone? Bethesda Row has everything in one spot. Sportswear, casual wear, to womenswear there is no need to go anywhere else.

 

Now time to go shopping!

References, Validation, Humor & Much More!

 

“Men need a reference point in fashion. Men don’t follow trends as fast as women”

“It’s all about humor to get guys through the door”

“Male athletes are influencing men’s fashion right now”

 

 

On Monday, November 16, 2015, FGIDC hosted the MEN IN MOTION talk at the Loft at 600F. The talk was paired off with whiskey and beer tasting, fried chicken, and donuts from Astro Doughnuts; and over $200 worth of swag that each attendee received from Grooming Lounge, Blank Label Clothing, Onward Reserve, Whiskey Ginger, Zadig & Voltaire, and Waveborn. A panel discussion with some of the top leading men in the industry followed, which was, moderated Michael McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief of DC Modern Luxury. The panel consisted of Renatto “Natto” Balladares, Men’s Trend Analyst Urban Outfitters; Gary Williams, Photographer MasterWilliams Photography; and Mike Gilman, Founder Grooming Lounge.
Question after question from the 80+ 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. Michael, “Natto”, Gary, and Mike spoke to the diversity of the men’s sector and the varied needs, inspirations, and aspirations of the community. and that “men need a reference point in fashion” because they generally don’t follow trends as fast as women. Gary pointed out that the first time, athletes are serving as that in inspirational fashion reference point for men right now. Natto has also observed that often validation comes from a significant other. All agreed that in general, women take more risks because they are kinder to each other versus guys will call each other out immediately if they do not get the others look.
When it comes to grooming practices for men, taboos have rapidly diminished since the inception of Grooming Lounge in 1999. However, there is still only so much guys can do within social norms. As Mike explained, “That is why beards took off with so much vigor, it’s one of the few ways guys can use style to express themselves.” He went on to explain that when marketing Grooming Lounge’s services and products, “it’s all about humor to get guys through the door.”

The panel participants agreed that if the DC look had to be categorized, it would be described as “dapper, classic, and put together.”

MEN IN MOTION marked a new chapter in our programming and our desire to be more inclusive of the men’s fashion community.

For a glimpse into the night, view our photos from A Little Bit of Whimsy Photography.

Marketing, Merchandising and the Business Behind The Boutique

A successful season of #FGIDCWorkshops wrapped up with The Business Behind the Boutique. Brand Strategist & Speaker, Dawne Hanks, took on the often-overlooked concepts of retail merchandising strategies, buying habits and consumer awareness to the forefront of the evening. Her focus on really knowing your consumer and developing your business strategy to work for you and your consumer was a key takeaway of the night.

The audience was full of designers, boutique owners and retail industry professionals. After Dawne’s presentation, the audience got the rare opportunity to hear from a panel of local boutique owners, including Spencer Hurd of Whiskey Ginger, Lori Parkerson of Redeem, Christina Novak of New to You, and Sakina Iskender of Take 5 Boutique. They spoke to their personal experience, success stories and strategies, and how they’ve tested the market to build upon their business and knowing their specific consumer.

A special thank you to Dawne Hanks & the Retail Panelists for sharing their experiences and knowledge, and M Squared Real Estate for hosting our workshop. Join us as we dig into more workshops, industry focuses and topics in 2016.

You Are Invited: The Business Behind The Boutique

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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.

THE BUSINESS BEHIND THE BOUTIQUE: Understand your local consumer, The Do’s and Don’ts, and Merchandising Tips with Brand Strategist & Speaker Dawne Hanks. Retail Panelists include:

Spencer Hurd, Whiskey Ginger
Lori Parkerson, Redeem
Christina Novak, New To You
Sakina Iskender, Take 5 Boutique

October 7, 2015
6:30p-8:00p

M Squared Real Estate
1407 T Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20009

RSVP
FGIDC Members – $10
Non-Members – $20
At the Door – $25
We look forward to connecting, learning and engaging with you at the #FGIDCWorkshops!