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Nicole Ncube (Ascend Label)
23 Oct

Nicole Ncube (Ascend Label)

Nicole Ncube Bio: Nicole Ncube, a 22year old Self-taught designer who is born and bred in Soweto is the founder and head designer of Ascend Label, a Luxury streetwear based in South Africa founded in 2021, the inspiration behind the brand is the upliftment of people from all walks of life, uniting them through fashionand giving them a voice. After finishing school,Nicole felt like she needed to do something that aligned with her love for fashion hence she focused on getting into modelling. Dissatisfied and coupled with disappointments along the journey she took a break and along came the idea of Ascend, a label she could design and model for. The name Ascend came about at a time she was trying to...
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20 Sep

Berny Martin (Catou)

Berny Martin Founder of Catou Fashion/Midwest Fashion Week & Fashion Community Foundation Bio: For Berny Martin, fashion designer and founder of Catou—an internationally-recognized line of men’s and women’s professional wear—fashion has always been a way of life. After earning a computer technology degree from Purdue University in 2002, Martin realized that his true passion had always been fashion. His lifelong dream came to fruition with the launch of Catou in 2005. Martin has shown his collection on runways all over the world, including Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Kuwait, and Munich, and the label has been worn by countless celebrities including Billy Porter, Jim Parsons, Tom Payne, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, just to name a few. Catou has been featured on a variety of...
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20 Sep

Carol Bouwer (Carol Bouwer Hand Bags)

Carol Bouwer Bio: Carol Bouwer is a successful South African businesswoman and television presenter. Carol Bouwer bags are made in Cape Town and we adhere to exacting standards, using the very best materials South Africa has to offer. Our local team has trained over many years and this artisanal mastery will continue to grow as the brand grows. Job creation is at the core of what we do and we insist on keeping all our production local. We believe that it is important to instill pride in South African brands and that premium brands don’t necessarily always have to come from foreign lands. This is a prime example of beneficiation in action. We pride ourselves on the fact that every signature Carol Bouwer...
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20 Sep

Odysseus Shirindza (Arnreuby)

Odysseus Shirindza Bio: With over 15 years in the creative industry - Odysseus Shirindza’s background in fashion design has equipped him with the necessary skills to freely and confidently explore various sectors of the creative industry. He’s a dynamic creative thinker with a solutions-based approach to problems and situations. He’s passionate about change and creating efficient work environments through creative solutions while meeting company objectives and bottom lines. His experience is wide, from working as a fashion designer for multiple local brands, a designer at a leading South African retailer, to working in an award-winning advertising agency as a designer and as customer service for a global online retailer servicing the US market. He has also had the opportunity to challenge himself in...
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20 Sep

Reggi Xaba (Ifele)

Reggi Xaba Bio: Reggi Xaba is a designer behind the brand iFele. He is an industry veteran with over 20 years in the profession of shoe design. He works at his Durban based studio with a young team of designers and protégés under the company ZETU Shoes, which he founded in 2016 after many years working in Cape Town for major retailers, Woolworths and Truworths as a shoe buyer. The focus of ZETU is production of African aesthetic inspired contemporary footwear for all ages....
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20 Sep

Nokwanda Ngcobo (8Wandah)

Nokwanda Ngcobo Bio: Nokwanda Ngcobo is a Durban-based designer who has grown from strength to strength. Gaining a National Diploma in Fashion Technology, she gained more skills into starting her own lavish label (Wanda Woman). After assisting David Tlale during New York Fashion Week, she resurfaced her previous brand to Nokwanda of 8th Wanda Designs. Lurking beneath a dark appeal, she presented versatile looks that displayed a breath of fresh air with impeccable colors on the runway....
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20 Sep

Inga Gubeka (Inga Atelier)

Inga Gubeka Bio: Inga Atelier is in a class and concept all its own. Launched in Johannesburg by Creative Director Inga Gubeka, the brand is the next level of cultivating and celebrating the diversity that resides within the continent of Africa. Now with an international following that continues to expand with each collection, Inga Atelier is dedicated to creativity and innovation for the upscale and fashionably forward....
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19 Sep

Heather Marie… (Heather Marie… Designs)

Heather Marie Designs Bio: Heather Marie… a 1999 chemistry graduate of Butler University, who earned a Masters of Organizational Management of University of Phoenix Dallas Campus in 2005, resigned from corporate America in 2019 to pursue her dreams with Heather Marie Designs. Although Heather Marie Designs was established in 2013 to create custom apparel for numerous brands, individuals and several private labels, Heather Marie… reinvented the brand in 2019 with designing luxurious custom fedoras to have rock star, eclectic and classic characteristics that expand wardrobe essentials. Haus of S.E.L.F. (Stylish Eclectic Luxurious Fedoras) have a drawstring inside sweatband for size adjustments which is excellent for those who wear wigs, hair extensions, braids and/or locs. About her collection: Heather Marie Designs presents: COVERED Bespoke Collection. My inspiration...
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26 Feb

Luis Machicao (@lmachicao)

Luis Machicao Bio: From Lima, Peru, Luis Machicao has designed attire with elegance and sophistication for 32 years. “I think the classy woman is always in.” Today, he embodies the fashion scene of Charlotte, North Carolina. He showcases collections in Milan, New York, and Paris, and won the Best Designer Award in 2013 at Paris Fashion Week. Machicao designs for actors, public figures, and influencers around the world. He makes everything with a couture touch. “Since I was a little kid I knew that fashion was for me, I was always organized, I color coordinated everything I wore; everything was to perfection. I always showed interest in fashion, but it wasn’t until I had a chance to travel to Paris and assist in...
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26 Feb

Danny Nguyen Couture (@dannynguyencouture)

Danny Nguyen Couture Bio: Lurid fluorescent light spills over a shadowy figure working deep into the night. Exacting needles, spools of fine thread, and luxuriant fabrics find their way in and around the dexterous hands of this diligent artist. Reckless passion is cast aside and replaced by the brutal will of a true fashion designer. To describe Danny Nguyen's talents with words would be as futile as identifying infinity with a number. Despite his now bolstering yet enigmatic personality, Danny Nguyen's foundation in the fashion world is rooted in the soil of humility. He began as a child, under the wing of his mother. Predating his arrival to the United States, Danny would be seen at a very early age cutting fabrics, collecting...
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26 Feb

Shawna Marino (@shawna.m_designs)

Shawna Marino – Shawna M Designs Bio: Shawna M Designs is a bridal and couture label focusing on timeless elegance and glamour in every one of her gowns. Head designer, Shawna Marino, created the brand with a passion for design after completing a bridal internship in New York City. There she learned the art of bridal and couture gown making and designed her own label. Her brand’s mission is to make anyone wearing her gowns feel like luxury. About her collection: The S/S 2021 collection is focused on classic elegance and luxury in every detail. From exquisite lace to the beaded appliqués that garnish the gowns, these designs embody a uniqueness that is sure to stand out in a crowd. These bridal gowns are a signature collection;...
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26 Feb

Masha Titievsky-Dehaan (@VARYFORMdesign)

Masha Titievsky-Dehaan – VARYFORM Bio: VARYFORM is a contemporary womenswear line designed by Masha Titievsky-Dehaan in Chicago, Illinois. The name is derived from the Vary Form Curve Rule, a contoured fashion pattern drafting tool that gets steeper gradually. VARYFORM expresses change over time and the transformative nature of clothing. VARYFORM design is strongly influenced by natural phenomena such as plant growth patterns, wave movement, the structure of crystals, and the reflective surfaces of water and glass as well as the feelings of "the good life" and travel. Her designs transform these natural elements into special staples with a sense of glamour and sophistication. VARYFORM has been recognized by Elle Magazine's Nina Garcia for her signature wool crepe separates and has been printed in...
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21 Sep

Onora Paris (@onoraparis)

Between structure and fluidity, transparency and opacity, the new Onora collection highlights the harmony of opposites while remaining faithful to its minimalist and monochrome DNA. We mainly draw our inspiration from architecture, more particularly from the essence of the contemporary architectural movement "Bauhaus" with whom we share a vision and common values: a desire to purify the form in order to focus on the concern for proportion, balance and harmony of shapes, colors and volumes.  This search for "the essentials" pushed us to build our DNA on a set of graphic and refined lines, and the use of sober materials because we believe that the optimization of an impactful appearance is in a meticulously studied simplicity . We want each woman...
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21 Sep

JC Lagares (@jclagarescouture)

Fashion designer, marketer and creative director and CEO of fashion firm JCL Bespoke Couture. A young man who discovered his passion for design when he was 17 years old when he was working at the sewing studio of his father Cristian Lagares, where he was always aware of how the pieces were made and the design process they wore. Studied fashion design at the Chavon high school, marketing at the Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE and a master's degree in Fashion Product Management and Management at the Instituto Europeo di design (IED) in Madrid. where he learned fashion techniques from large Fashion houses such as Loewe, LVMH and Adolfo Domínguez. During the Covid-19 pandemic his brand JCL have been creating Clothing...
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21 Sep

Macchiavellica (@macchiavellicart)

■● My collection is actually composed by LA AUTOCTONA (inspired by my south american roots using natives fabrics with ethnics prints). ●■Macchiavellica #ecofriendly ♻ Our fabrics are natural fibers as Yute, linen , cotton etc mixed with Italian silks and some other materials. We are always trying to improved to couse a low impact in the enviorement. ●■Macchiavellica #animallover Our products are 100% animals friendly , we use sintetic leather for our handbags. Our goal would be that with the sales of every year help the animals from the streets in Ecuador. ●■Macchiavellica #socialproyect The production is handcrafted by a small group of single ecuadorian women which have to mantain their family. They work very fast and our goal...
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10 Apr

Elan Furs

Elan Furs is a family owned business of more than four generations with two locations in the Midwest – Indianapolis, Indiana and Morton Grove, Illinois. Many American and European designers such as Michael Kors, Zandra Rhodes, Pisani, Zuki and Louis Feraud, as well as our own designs, fill the showrooms in fur, leather, shearling and accessories. Sizes range from petite to extra plus for men, women and children. We specialize in custom designs – fashioning unique creations for every whim and fancy. In addition, we can create fashion makeovers for your older or inherited garments. Home furnishings such as pillows and throws, accessories and novelty items, such as teddy bears and doll coats can also be found in our salons. Other...
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6 Apr

Sylwia

SYLWIA is a clean and esthetic line of sophisticated silhouettes. Our fabrics and way of tailoring deliver comfort and practicality, as well as a modern approach to classic rules of accentuating strength and femininity.Through the years, our designs have appealed to many women, from young and chic business professionals to ladies that wish to stay elegant attending luncheons, charity or family events. We take pride in details. SYLWIA designs are made from finest materials with special importance of quality. Our carefully chosen fabrics allow us to achieve a tailored look while also providing wearable comfort. The designer of SYLWIA, Sylwia Wilczynska, started in the fashion world by teaching herself step by step the craftsmanship of designing and tailoring. First, trough her childhood,...
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6 Apr

Darren Buchanan

Fabric da Vinci is truly a modern-day Renaissance man. Difficult is the task to categorize the rapper, designer, gentleman, and scholar; as he is also a globetrotter, entrepreneur, fine artist and leader, among many other things. The creative is obsessed with practicing vertical integration throughout his work. Thus, the interdisciplinary intellectual controls most of the creative process from the direction of photography and video editing to the graphic design, page layout and copywriting. With this said, the polymath seeks to use his content to educate, inform, inspire and entertain his audience ...
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5 Apr

Arela Kharis

A designer coming from the inner city Gary, Indiana.  Once dreamed a dream that would last forever. At once it all began as just a hobby but turned then into a deep Love, passion and way of life. A passion that has lead her down a road to be known as an ambitious, faithful dreamer.  Creating a brand that would eventually be birthed from the meaning of Gods Grace. She seeks to take on the fashion world one step at a time. Keeping those things in mind that has inspired her the most (God-Her Leader/Her#1, Family-who holds the keys& Aaliyah—Ultimate Legend) . She goes on to develop designs that takes on a range from concept ,to urban to an individual of sophistication. She is...
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2 Apr

Katy Newton

Katy Newton is the Art Director and Designer for Pan Narrans Artistry. She is a charismatic multimedia artist and teacher with 4+ years of experience. Katy hold’s a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and currently studies Art Therapy at Herron School of Art + Design. She specializes in effectively and economically creating upcycled ensembles through ingenious craftsmanship of recycled, repurposed and reused materials. Her ensembles have been featured on Indy Style, OffBeatBride.com and in local fashion shows at Indy Convergence and RUCKUS Makerspace. Katy was also featured as the guest presenter and designer for the Indiana Recycling Coalition for the annual REVENT Gala to speak about her ecofriendly craftsmanship and to give attendees an intimate look at several of her original ensembles. She is...
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2 Apr

Catou

Berny Martin is a fashioner designer, a style consultant, and a custom tailor. As a fashion designer, the inspiration for the clothes I design comes from everywhere and anywhere I go. From the corner market to the farthest corners of the world. I love to travel and gather colors and textures and looks from exotic places. I also like to stay close to home – and walk through my neighborhood and watch the people around me. I closely study how people choose to express themselves. Or could better express themselves. I like museums and art fairs and festivals. Anything where creativity is allowed to flow. Fashion design allows me to create pieces entirely outside of my own personal area of expression…...
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2 Apr

Sujata Gazder

Sujata Gazder designs apparel for women who express themselves and celebrate their femininity. A hint of mystery mingled with a dash of pep make her designs much sought after by women who want to make a statement about themselves. Her elegant ensembles are timeless, combining tradition with a contemporary edge, the classic with a spicy twist for a fresh, luxurious look. Sujata has presented her signature collection at the American + International Designers Show in New York City. She has designed costumes for the cast of the daytime television show “All My Children” as well as one of the stars Susan Lucci. In September 2006, Sujata was featured in Chicago Magazine as one of the “Rising Stars of Midwest Fashion”. That same...
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2 Apr

Bhavana

Bhavana Jain, PharmD, has launched BhavyJ Designs, a woman’s wear line that offers unique and versatile pieces for the modern professional woman. Practicing as a Pharmacist for 12 years at a local hospital in Chicago, Jain decided to pursue her dream of launching her own fashion line. She started taking fashion classes at College of DuPage while working full time in Pharmacy. She then starts putting the pieces together to create her brand. Three years later, she has now launched her own line, BhavyJ Designs, which offers unique and versatile pieces for the working woman. In this new collection, Jain is offering both a denim line, a more formal line and accessories to complete the outfit. Bhavana Jain currently lives in...
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2 Apr

First Impression Clothing Press Kit

Bold fabrics, limitless concepts, and meticulous research all go hand and hand with her ambition and drive to create something fresh and modern. With 5 years of design experience, Briana has presented First Impression in various trade and fashion shows across the city, and have had clients such as Karlton Humes (@NotKarltonBanks) share and support her designs. The Indy-born designer is a self-taught seamstress with beginnings in fine art and visual communications.Inspired by ideas that resist all “norms”,Briana discovered fashion to be the epitome of self-assurance and point of view. ...
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