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Fashion 411 Speaker Series Presents: Using Facebook to Find Your Perfect Customer

On Tuesday, November 14, the Runway in downtown Lansing hosts the Fashion 411 Speaker Series: Using Facebook to Find Your Perfect Customer. The guest speaker for this event is Michelle Roberts. Read More ›

Categories: Fashion, Social Media

Don't Miss Out: Party at The Runway

Located in the historic Knapps department store building in downtown Lansing, what started as the first project of its kind in the state of Michigan has rapidly become Michigan's premier fashion incubator. Read More ›

Categories: Fashion, News

Fashion Designer Khanh Nguyen Shares Her Passion and Wisdom with Michigan Fashion Startups

The world of fashion is changing. No longer do aspiring designers need to live and work in traditional fashion capitals like New York, Paris or Milan in order to make a living. In fact, Michigan is continuing to emerge as a fashion design and manufacturing hub. Read More ›

Categories: Fashion, News & Events, Startup

The Perfect, Inspiring Break

If you are ready for a quiet break as you recover from holiday hoopla or want an inspiring start to the New Year, I highly recommend a visit to the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). Foster Swift is a proud sponsor of the GRAM’s exhibit showcasing the work of Dutch fashion designer, Iris van Herpen. "Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion.” If you are familiar with van Herpen’s work, all that you need to know is that you have until January 15 to see this amazing exhibit. If not, please read on … then go see this amazing exhibit. Read More ›

Categories: Fashion, News & Events

The FTC Cranks Up the Heat on Wool

Wool LabelingI am a very judgmental shopper – I inspect the seams and make judgments on the quality of the workmanship. I have left a lot of garments on the rack due to fabric that looks or feels “cheap.” I suspect that I share these shopping habits with everyone that knows how to sew, but doesn’t have time to make it through the pile of fabric that they just had to have.

I also read labels, before I make a purchase and again before that first trip to my washing machine or the dry cleaner. While I am a careful consumer, and someone who has relied on wool to make it through more than 30 Michigan winters, I must confess that the Federal Trade Commission cares a lot more about the details of wool labeling than I do.  Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Fashion, Manufacturing

Lansing, are you ready to roll … into production?

The designers that I have had the pleasure of meeting know that I advocate making the most of the free information that you can find on government websites and the no or low cost services available to start ups – if only you know where to look.  If you are in Lansing, check out LEAP’s new Lansing PROTO.  I am particularly pleased to see help with crowdfunding, which can be such a valuable tool for fashion design.

Categories: Crowdfunding, Fashion, News & Events

The Runway Celebrates Its First Anniversary!

On October 21, 2015, The Runway, Lansing’s fashion incubator, celebrated its first anniversary and announced its new business model. The new business model includes Lansing Community College cut and sew classes, on site, and new “resource tenants” to include the Michigan Garment Industry Council and Creative Many. I encourage you to see the details of the new business model and the resources it will provide to designers, as reported by the Lansing State Journal. Read More ›

Categories: Fashion, News & Events

How to Improve Product Design Using Trade Dress

WHAT IS TRADE DRESS?

Trade dress consists of the unique, non-functional, elements used to promote a product or service. It may also include features such as size, shape, color, color combinations, textures, graphics, or even particular sales techniques. 

Trade dress is within the family of trademark. It is, however, not as well-known as a trademark because of the changing legal standards to acquire and maintain such beneficial federal protection. A trademark is any word, name, symbol, or device or any combination used to identify and distinguish goods or services from those manufactured or sold by others and to indicate the source of the goods.  

Federal law is violated when someone uses a trademark (or trade dress) of another that creates confusion among customers.  Read More ›

Categories: Fashion, Intellectual Property

Join us at The Runway's One Year Celebration!

The Runway is hosting a one-year celebration on Oct. 21.  At  4:30 p.m., there will be a ribbon-cutting to unveil new programming, you will be able to browse and buy designer products and meet the designers, and at 6:00 p.m. the first ever Fashion Edition of "The Hatching."  Hope to see you on the 21stBe sure to RSVP for the event here.

Categories: Fashion, News & Events

Joe Carr, 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing

digital manufacturingThe Runway's 411 Speaker Series is bringing in Joe Carr on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For those of you who have yet to see a 3D printer at work this will be a great opportunity to experience state of the art technology. For those of you that have some exposure to 3D printing Joe Carr is a wealth of information. He is a 3D printing veteran who helped start one of the world's first 3D printing retail stores.

The event will be held at The Runway and the cost to attend is $10. This is one speaker you will not want to miss. Be sure to register for the event here.

Hope to see you there! -Deanna

Categories: Fashion, Manufacturing, News & Events