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Speaking at … Chicago Textile Expo

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In just a few short weeks, I will be speaking with my friend and colleague Jessica Crane at the upcoming Chicago Textile Expo, hosted by Fine Fabric Sales showroom. We have been invited to speak again, and this time our presentation will be about Tech Packs, which are a must-have in the sewn products business. Many newer designers don’t know how important this tool is! We will be discussing  the many components that make up a tech pack and what you need for a successful production run.

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The seminar will take place on Monday June 1, 2015 at 1:00pm.

The Chicago Textile Expo runs on Monday June 1 and Tuesday June 2. In addition to the seminars and access to wholesale fabric and trim vendors, there will be an industry networking event on Monday evening. Come say “hello!”

To see the seminar schedule and to sign up, visit: www.chicagotextileexpo.com

TAMGTL: Tailored by Tradlands

I teamed up with my good friend Amy at The American Made Guide to Life for this guest blog entry, Tailored by Tradlands. I reviewed the up and coming women’s shirting company, Tradlands, and spotlighted a couple of my favorite American-made brands in this fall photo shoot.

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Recap: More 2014 Fashion Focus Chicago Events

Fashion Focus Chicago is always a crazy week if you’re in the industry… after Tuesday’s Town Hall kick-off event, the rest of the week was filled with shows and events.

I attended the Sanford-Brown University’s student fashion show on Wednesday evening, with my husband. The student show is always fun to watch, and see what new and creative ideas they are experimenting with. I’m also on the Academic Advisory Board for the fashion program at the school, so it’s a little personal as well. The show was held at the Cultural Center, and I have to say, a better show than last year’s event! The theme was pop art, so models wore colorful wigs and held up comic signs reading things like “Pop!”, “Wham!”, etc. Very fun.

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Thursday evening I attended the AIBI Open House, visiting my good friend, designer Lauren Lein, who sells in the Made in Chicago store that AIBI has in the heart of the Magnificent Mile shopping district. I also met a few new faces, and saw my friends Flo and Diana from Fine Fabric Sales.

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The StyleChicago.com‘s Art of Fashion show at Millennium Park is the big event of the week, held on Friday, and was not one to miss. My husband again came to check out my world of fashion, and we had a fun time. The show was fantastic and featured 12 designers. My favorites were Shernett Swaby (whose dress I wore that night), and Voyeur by Vex.

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Saturday and Sunday are more low-key, but the week is definitely not over yet! StyleChicago.com had their annual FashionChicago Designer Shopping event in the tent, and Northern Grade also hosted their shopping event in another tent on the other side of the park. I enjoyed checking out both events, and got a head start on my Christmas shopping. At Northern Grade, I got to visit a few friends (Glass House Shirt Makers and Stock Manufacturing), and learn about some new companies. We also ended up purchasing a great wool jacket for my husband from Tradition Creek, where I also picked up a pair of deerskin mittens for myself for future snowmobiling trips this year.

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Recap: Fashion Focus Chicago & Fashion Town Hall

This recap is a few weeks behind, but I wanted to share my experience at Fashion Focus Chicago 2014. The week started on October 14th with the Fashion Town Hall kick off event at the Chitownhallphotocago Cultural Center. The program, headed by Mayor’s Fashion Council director, Tonya Gross, featured speakers from the various fashion organizations, including AIBI and Fashion Group International, the Macy’s Fashion Incubator program, and all of the local colleges with fashion design programs.

One of the interesting organizations I learned about was HIVE Chicago, which networks high school students with local designers and companies for internship and learning opportunities. I also found out that the SAIC’s fashion resource center is open to the public, I will definitely need to make time to check that collection out!

 

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The presentation highlighted some great companies and designers here in Chicago, including Shernett Swaby, Lagi Nadaeu, Oxford Clothing and Optimo Hats.

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Nena Ivon gave the keynote address, and was very interesting to listen to. She’s a current instructor at Columbia College, and has an extensive background in fashion from working as a the marketing director for Saks Fifth Avenue. She gave advice to designers about promoting themselves, and the importance of wearing your own products (or bringing a model with you to events if you design for another market):

“I’ve one of one, I’ve never been one of many.”

“Who knows you better and your product better than you do?”

She also pointed to some figures that show that the Midwest will become the hub for the country by 2025 (let’s see!)

Following the program, emcee Ryan M. Beshel led a panel discussion with some industry figures including Nena Ivon, Maria Anderson (of Agency Galatea), Diana Michelle and Jivesh Toor from J. Toor (honored in September by FGI as Rising Stars in Menswear), Lagi Nadeau (honored by FGI as Rising Star in Women’s Apparel), and Jonathon Smith of StyleChicago.com.

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Some take-ways from the discussion (paraphrased):

Ryan M. Beshel: Take your blinders off and look outside of the city, and country for inspiration.

Jonathon Smith: Figure out the business side of fashion before doing runway shows. Take advantage of mentorship expereiences.

Nena Ivon: Listen to honest feedback, it’s not personal. 

Diana Michelle: Know yourself and how to communicate and define your personal brand. Also, maintain relationships and figure out who do you want to do business with.

And some exciting news, the Chicago Fashion Resources listings are back!

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Recap: Chicago Textile Expo Fall 2014

On the tail end of Fashion Focus Chicago, the first Chicago Textile Expo was hosted by my friends at the Fine Fabric Sales showroom, Diana Muzzy and Flo Fiore-Battaglia. I was invited to be a speaker and my seminar was called, How to work with your Pattern Maker.

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I brought my experience as a freelance pattern maker as well as my experience working for a full-scope development service provider. I discussed pattern terminology, and how to communicate your design effectively through tech packs, reference garments and went over the basics of pattern “warranties”, grading and marking. It was great to answer questions from the group and meet new designers and students who attended the seminar.

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The Expo itself was great as well, it’s always fun to see what’s new in fabrics and trims from the various vendors. All in all it was a successful show, which we celebrated during the industry networking night on Tuesday 10/21.

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Pictured above with (left to right) Flo Fiore-Battaglia, Diana Muzzy and Jessica Steffes.
 
EDITED: As of November 2014, I am no longer associated with The Apparel Agency.

Speaking at … Chicago Textile Expo

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I’m excited about speaking this week at a new show, the Chicago Textile Expo, which is hosted by my friends Diana Muzzy and Flo Fiore-Battaglia of Fine Fabric Sales. I was invited to put together a seminar about pattern making, and I’ve been working on my presentation all week in between work projects and attending a few Fashion Focus Chicago events. My colleagues at The Apparel Agency are also speaking on the topics of material and consumer trends.

My presentation will focus on the process of pattern making and product development, and how to work with your pattern maker to ensure you have a good working relationship and get the results you seek in your products.

PATTERN DEVELOPMENT: HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR PATTERN MAKER

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Xochil Herrera Scheer – The Apparel Agency
Wednesday October 22, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Learn about the pattern development process, terminology on technical specs, types of patterns, grading and markers. Great for those looking to take their concept from design into prototyping, who want to know how to communicate and work effectively with their pattern maker, taking the guesswork out of making your patterns production ready.
Xochil is Production Manager for The Apparel Agency and has a background in technical design and pattern development for apparel and accessories.
The show starts tomorrow, Monday October 20, and runs through Wednesday. In addition to the seminars and access to wholesale fabric and trim vendors, there will be an industry networking event on Tuesday evening. Come say “hello!”
To see the seminar schedule and to sign up, visit: www.chicagotextileexpo.com/
EDITED: As of November 2014, I am no longer associated with The Apparel Agency.