Where are all the fashionable women in America? According to Business Insider’s “This is The Most Fashionable City in America” 2012 article a majority of these fashionistas reside in California and New York. Where does Philadelphia compare to the rest of the U.S? Sadly, we’re ranked 37th out of the 50 chosen!
Being just hours away from New York, how can it be that Philadelphia is not at least in the top 10? We may not have Park or Madison Avenues, but we do have a thriving Center City. If Philly has all the potential to be just as stylish and innovative, then why haven’t we received the recognition?
The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City opened its doors last year to five local emerging designers. Giving them production, office, and showroom spaces to indulge and create their works of art. Along the way they were given guidance and direction from some of the region’s leading professionals.
This March will mark the end of designers Autumn Kietponglert (Heartless Revival), Kaitlyn Doherty (Kaitlyn Elizabeth), Melissa D’Agostino (D’Agostino Fashion Textile Design), and Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson (Aso Damisi) one-year stints at the Fashion Incubator.
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The program allows designers to gain insightful knowledge that will continue to help them build successful businesses after they leave the program. They are given the necessary tools to understand marketing, finance, and production with the hope of strengthening Philadelphia’s fashion position in the world.
March 1st, 2013 a new class of designers will embark on their own journey at Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. As for the other five designers, it is now up to them to take all the knowledge and opportunities presented over the past year and get to work.
Many of the designers have already started to venture out. Kaitlyn Elizabeth, has already showcased her collection of handbags at Magic Market Week in Las Vegas.
Each designer is unique in their approach, technique, and vision. They introduce their own personal design aesthetic to their pieces. Sisters Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson have created the brand Aso Damisi, which is inspired by their place of birth. The infusion of patterns from Africa with modern American design makes their designs both unique and beautiful.
My visit to the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator POP-UP Shop at Knit Wit allowed me to see first-hand some of the incredible work these up-and-coming designers have created. But are their creations really worth the price they’re asking for? Do these designers represent Philly’s fashion sense? I would have to say I’m not to sure. I expected more.
What do you think Philadelphia? Are these designers going to help put Philadelphia on the map? We want to hear what YOU think about these local emerging designers.
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