Category Archives: Events

NEW Wholesale Fabric Show – Low Minimums!

That’s right, a fabric show targeted to the independent designer, with low minimums! The show is so new that there is no name, website, or registration, but don’t let that deter you from attending. I am re-blogging the show information from Kathleen Fasanella’s website

The show will take place on February 6-7, 2012 in New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania.

Hotel Pennsylvania: 401 7th Avenue, 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001
Show Hours: 9:30 to 6:00

Additional details can be found on the event’s Facebook page, or on

Please pass on this valuable information to any other designers or manufacturers that you know, the more successful the show is, the higher chance it will happen again! This is very important for independent designers.

A partial list of vendors who will be in attendance:

Appliques with Glitz
Barbie International
Carr Textile
Dill Buttons of America
Elliott Berman Fabrics
Fabric Avenue
Fishman’s Fabrics
Global Leather
HWC/ Hamburger Woolen
Labels IG
Kendor Textiles
Novatex Int’l
One World Button
Philips Boyne
Products From Abroad
Robert Kaufman Company
Sextet Fabrics
Shannon Fabrics
Solid Stone Fabrics
Stylecrest Fabrics
W and W
Zinman Textiles

Stay tuned for more details.

Fashion Focus Chicago

Chicago fashion has been growing steadily over the past few years. With the creation of the Mayor’s Fashion Council in April 2006, interest from the community has exploded and things are greatly improving for local designers. This year the events are sure to be even better than in years past.

A full listing of events can be found here at

There will be headlining shows sponsored by Macy’s, CS Magazine and, as well as the returning student show, Dress Code. Designers will also have their own shows, some of those include Borris Powell, Kristin Hassan, Vert Couture, and Horatio Nieto.

There are even some FREE events, including some great Industry Education events! Some of these include special trunk shows by Chicago boutiques and designers, including Alice Berry, Elise Bergman, and le Dress.

FREE events during Fashion Focus Chicago can be found here at

For those interested in the Industry Education Day events, visit for a list of all the events. Register early! These are free but will fill up fast!

Also during Fashion Focus Chicago, the Chicago Fabric and Trim Show will be at the Merchandise Mart (pedway) on October 21st and 22nd. For more details go to AIBI. This event is for industry professionals only, and registration is encouraged in advance. You will need a business license and/or EIN, and your business card. Contact the offices at AIBI for more information or questions.

All in all, a pretty exciting time in Chicago!

AIBI Fabric and Trim Show

This 2-day event put together by AIBI is one that all Chicago area designers need to check out for good resources for fabrics, trims, and more!

Xochil’s favorite fashion resource, Jay Arbetman, will have a booth in the show. She will be hanging out at the show during portions of both days to meet designers and answer any questions.

Jay is a great resource for all types of fabrics, linings, zippers, buttons and more. And unbelieveable pricing.

Fabric and Trim Show

May 13th and 14th – 9am – 4pm

Chicago Merchandise Mart

Borris Powell Fashion Show

I had the pleasure of working with Chicago designer Borris Powell on patterns for dresses for his upcoming show, The Rise of an Empress. View his beautiful evening wear designs at his upcoming fashion show, Friday March 19th. For tickets and more information, please visit An added bonus to those who attend: partial proceeds will be donated to the Haiti Relief Foundation.

Fabric and Trim Show

An event all Chicago area designers need to check out for good resources for fabrics, trims, and more! Xochil will be sharing a booth with fabric, trim and zipper rep extroidinare, Jay Arbetman, on Thursday October 22nd. She will be open to discuss pattern making and sample sewing, or to answer questions concerning your designs. Jay is a great resource for all types of fabrics, linings, zippers, buttons and more. And unbelieveable pricing.

Fabric and Trim Show

October 22nd and 23rd – 9am – 4pm

Chicago Apparel Center

Designs to be Featured at Ai Chicago Alumni Gallery Show

Xochil’s designs to be featured at Ai Chicago Alumni Gallery Show. The show will be held October 13 – November 11, at The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago. Also, there will be a gallery reception Thursday, October 22nd from 5:00pm to 8:00pm where you can meet the designers in the show. The show will feature alumni from all majors from fashion to web design and visual communications.

Xochil’s Urban Swan Collection Available at The Image Studios

The Image Studios


Xochil’s clothing collection, Urban Swan, is now available for purchase at The Image Studios, located in Chicago’s West Loop.

The Image Studios provides wardrobe styling and other services for individuals and corporations. Please make an appointment or stop by to view and/or purchase items from the Urban Swan collection. All clothing items can be customized both in size and styling.

The Image Studios – Chicago
22 North Morgan Street, Suite 215
Chicago IL 60607