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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

Have questions? Get Answers at M-Power Your Art – Tuesday, May 24, 5:00pm to 7:00pm

DetroitAt the invitation of Andrea Rosenfeld, of the Detroit Art and Business Institute (DABI), I will be one of five “experts” available to chat with you on Tuesday night at the “M-Power Your Art” event.  This event is one of many learning and networking opportunities available to attendees of Detroit Startup Week. Check all of them out, and register, here. Read More ›

Categories: Entity Planning, News & Events

Who Will be Next?

The surprising death of Prince, not long after the death of Zaha Hadid, makes me wonder who will be next. I am not morbidly wondering what great artist, architect or designer will soon leave this world. I am instead wondering who will be the next person who will transform the ordinary. I admire everyone who envisions and creates music, art or form, in a building or on a body, which is truly transformative. I am blessed to have the opportunity to be inspired by Hadid’s work every time I drive through East Lansing.   Read More ›

Categories: News & Events

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

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 21st! Be 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

See you Tuesday (a/k/a Fashionday!) at the Detroit Design Festival

detroit design festivalThe Detroit Design Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through Saturday, Sept. 26. DDF 2015 will surely live up to its reputation for offering remarkable opportunities for inspiration and collaboration. For those of us who are particularly interested in fashion design, Tuesday, September 22, 2015 is the day you can’t miss at DDF. Check out all that DDF has to offer, particularly the Track 2 events. I hope that I will see you Tuesday at Wayne State University’s McGregor Conference Center: Read More ›

Categories: News & Events

The Power of Choice and the Importance of Informed Choice

The theme of Fordham Law’s recent Fashion Law Symposium was The Power of Fashion. None of us need to attend a symposium to know that the consumer has power – the clothing that we choose to buy influences what is made for future seasons. We are increasingly aware of how our choices influence where our clothing is made. Years of preferring to buy as much as possible at the lowest price drove a lot of garment manufacturing, and other manufacturers of consumer goods, out of the US.

Thankfully, we are seeing a big push in the other direction – buy less and buy smart. The smart consumer is not only looking for quality, they are also considering the effect of their purchase on their local market and the US workforce. This trend has laid the foundation for companies like Shinola Detroit to make quality goods right here at home. This trend will be a big player in the success of a growing Michigan garment manufacturing industry and other US “makers.”

What I did not know, until I attended the Symposium at Fordham, was the power of our social media choices on modeling. Did you know that when you choose to follow a model on Facebook or Twitter you are helping them land their next job? Fordham Law brought together a panel that included Coco Rocha (yes, the supermodel), Chris Gay of Elite World Group, and Melissa Wilhelmina Cooper to discuss the power of social media in the modeling industry. They wholeheartedly agreed that social media has dramatically changed their industry. Read More ›

Categories: Manufacturing, News & Events, Social Media