Designers who participate in SWNE will receive a top-notch, professional experience. We at SWNE understand that the designers who show at our fashion week, are our clients and they are treated as so. Participating designers will receive: photography from their show; styling team; dressing team; sound; video and marketing and public relations from the SWNE organization. If you are interested in adopting one of our designers email email@example.com.
Bridgett Artise is a pioneering force behind Born Again Vintage, selling her sustainable fashion from Soho to Tokyo. Bridgett Artise has appeared on TV shows like Great Day Houston, Mirror Mirror and has over 20 how to videos on Ehow.com. B. Artise teaches two self created vintage classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and her book “Born Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent and Recycle Your Wardrobe” (Crown Publishing) has been reviewed in over 50 different publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. The New York Times brands her as a “Vintage Expert”. She is releasing her second book 27 Dresses, September 2017 to further spread sustainable awareness. Go to www.born-againvintage.com for more info. Bridgett will be showcasing her line on Friday, February 23 at 8PM.
Peach Carr presented by RI Medical Imaging
Peach Carr burst onto the fashion scene as a cheeky self taught Chicago designer on Season 8 and Season 2 All Starts of PROJECT RUNWAY. Drawing from her 60’s and 70’s childhood, Peach finds inspiration for her designs from the music, art and vibe of that era. Dubbed by Time Gunn as “Country Club Chic,” Peach designs for the woman who likes to be on-trend yet comfortable and polished. When designing, Peach always asks herself if Edie Sedgewick would have worn it. Her pieces are all stretch (and machine washable) ranging from bold wrinkle free day wear to chic evening pieces to elaborate gowns. Peach is eagerly awaiting approval for a patent on a top-secret device she invented which will impact the fashion manufacturing industry. Fingers crossed!! Peach will be showcasing her line on Friday, February 23 at 8:15PM.
clothes•horse (ˈkloʊzˌhɔrs, ˈkloʊðz-) n. 1. a person whose chief interest and pleasure is dressing fashionably.
With a concentration on ethical and environmentally conscious construction, Clothes Horse Clothing produces every item by hand to order in our Rhode Island studio. Using vegan suede, pleather and silk in this A/W collection, Clothes Horse aims to change the perception of these materials by creating super luxe pieces using these cruelty free, man made materials. Clothes Horse is for the girl on the go. Our muse has a day job and a day dream. She’s quirky, adventurous, intelligent, independent, creative and driven. She has a natural sense for style and impeccable taste. Clothes Horse Clothing will be showcasing her line on Friday, February 23 at 7:15PM.
Carlos De Moya presented by Neighborhood Health Plan of RI
Dominican fashion designer, publicist and university professor, he has presented his collections in DominicanaModa, Panama, Miami, Alaska, New York and in renowned fashion events nationally and internationally, he won the award for “Best Pre-Porter Collection Femenina” in DominicanaModa 2009 with its collection “En Pointe.” Designer of the Dominican national costume, responsible for the costumes of important musicals and shows in the Dominican Republic, in addition, some industrial production projects developed for important companies in the Caribbean. Carlos De Moya will be showcasing his collection on closing night, February 24 at 8:15PM.
Providence, Rhode Island native, views the world through an artistic lens. Since she was a child, Amy’s life has revolved around art in one form or another, from drawing to painting and sculpture. She has been an artist since her earliest memories.
Before studying design, Amy taught herself how to make jewelry, often pairing conventional materials with unexpected components, and while in high school even designed and sewed her own prom dress to fit her fashion standards and express her own unique style because she did not want an “off the rack” look.
Amy went on to graduate from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design. While obtaining her degree, Amy was a top award winner in the University’s 2016 spring fashion show. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian Language and Literature at the University of Rhode Island.
After years of experimenting and manipulating fabrics and designing and constructing her own pieces, along with creating her own jewelry, Amy knew it was time to take this creativity to the next level. Amy now designs clothing and accessories and uses her unique style to reach and impact others in a meaningful way. Her bold and exotic designs, created by pairing different patterns, fabrics, colors, and textures, intend to provoke thought and excitement. She pushes conventional norms – engaging the wearer to dare and imagine. An exuberant personality and edgy artistic perspective inspire her designs and express a distinct, flirty urban attitude. Each of Amy’s pieces conveys its own message, while radiating movement and energy. AMY PAGE DEBLASIO’s designs blend contemporary high-fashion sophistication with attitude and street wear chic. Amy Page Deblasio will be showcasing her line on Saturday, February 24 at 7:15PM
Devinto presented by Ting Barnard
DEVINTO is an eco and ethically conscious label established in Montreal, Canada and relocated to Cape Cod, MA. It is designed and produced locally on Cape Cod using natural and eco friendly fabrics without compromising style. DEVINTO designs are equally focused on comfort, glamour, and fair principles during the creation and production process. Aiste Zitnikaite is the label’s creator and designer. She was born in Lithuania when it was still part of the USSR where, because of necessity, most women made their own clothes and took care of them to make them last. That environment led Aiste to have a more personal approach to clothing even once she immigrated to Canada at the age of twelve. After her studies in Fashion Design at LaSalle College in Montreal, she went on to work for several Montreal based designers working as a seamstress, sample maker and pattern maker. While working in the industry, it was apparent that most apparel companies in Montreal were outsourcing production overseas and losing the connection to the hands on approach to production that was really important to Aiste. She decided to strike out on her own and to do it differently. Aiste’s mission was to build back the type of personal connection we should have to our clothes that she had growing up in Lithuania – a part of a healthier, more sustainable and ethical alternative to fast, “disposable” fashion. Aiste’s goal for DEVINTO is designing another option to the more common eco fashion aesthetic – a more modern yet classic and timeless look that can be both cutting edge and casual. Devinto will be showcasing their line on Thursday, February 22 at 8PM.
Melissa Hillas is the Founder and Creative Director of GYPSETGIRL. Bitten by wanderlust at a young age, Melissa has traveled the globe embracing each new destination and culture. An entrepreneur since the age of 25, Melissa did not foresee becoming a designer in her future.
However, with the rise of her blogazine, the clothing and accessories she collected during her travels and the different textures and colors she stumbled upon, GYPSETGIRL as a clothing collection evolved organically.
The entire creative process and those who provide her with a different outlook on life influence Melissa. Living day by day, Melissa enjoys the unknown of the present day and believes in making decisions as it unfolds. When Melissa is not designing or gypsetting the world to the most unique and desirable locations, she enjoys surfing, skiing and spending time with her friends. GYPSETGIRL will be showcasing her line on Friday, February 23 at 7PM.
CFDA member Janet Howard is a women’s and men’s contemporary designer best known for her signature tailoring style and design which lead her to the covers and pages of the most prestigious magazines in the world.
Janet started her career about 30 years ago as a buyer for the designer department at Nordstrom’s. Inspired by the early breakout designers of the 90’s, David Cameron, Patrick Kelly and early Marc Jacobs, Janet decided to break out on her own and launch her first women’s contemporary collection/brand, MISC. by Janet Howard. The brand was an instant success and sold at Fred Segal, Barney’s, Nordstrom… MISC. by Janet Howard brand propelled her career with 2 runways shows, tons of press, and a nomination and won “California Rising Star Award.”
In early 2010, some freelancing and consulting in designing, developing and producing collections for others, Janet decided to seek out a business and marketing partner to start an agency. By late 2010, Martini Factory, LLC. was hatched and is one of today’s strongest and sought after fashion design and manufacturing agencies, offering services, globally. MF specializes in product development for the better to designer market, offering full package services ranging from designing, creating, sourcing, and developing women’s and men’s apparel from sample collection through full-scale production. For the new, emerging and established designer and private label. Janet Howard’s expertise in direction, tailoring, and overall experience in the women’s contemporary market has made MF a huge success that it is today. Janet Howard will be showcasing her line on Saturday, February 24 at 8PM.
Born in Providence Rhode Island, designer Jamall Osterholm graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017. Since graduation, Jamall’s first collection has been featured and shot for platforms including the CFDA, I-D mag, and Vice. At age 23, Jamall is currently based in Providence RI pulling together resources to launch a new collection. This would be his second col-lection flowing his thesis debut shown at NYFW FW 2017. Jamall is busy promoting his brand identity and gaining a following through social media while also taking advantage of collaborations with other artists and designers in NYC. Jamall hopes to soon be based in NY where he can continue to make future collections, build his brand, and take advantage of all that the city has to offer. Jamall Osterholm will be showcasing his line on Thursday, February 22 at 6:30PM.
Tallulah & Poppy presented by Blush Tan
Meghan Doyle’s aspirations of becoming a clothing designer and entrepreneur began when she was a freshman in high school. She grew up in Winchester, MA, a suburb northwest of Boston. As a teenager, Meghan was constantly sketching designs, deconstructing and reconstructing garments, and also took sewing lessons. While in high school she made a plan to earn both a business and design degree because she felt both were necessary for the foundation of owning and operating a successful clothing brand.
Meghan earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Roger Williams University in 2009. She then continued her studies at the School of Fashion Design in Boston and graduated in 2013. Throughout her education at the School of Fashion Design she held various design internships at local clothing companies.
Upon graduation from the School of Fashion Design, Meghan worked as a Technical Designer at Appleseed’s, a women’s apparel brand on the North Shore of Massachusetts. In the fall of 2013 she participated in Boston Fashion Week, launching her first capsule collection. In January 2014 Meghan launched her second capsule collection at StyleWeek Northeast. She then worked in Product Development as both a Technical Designer and Designer at the TJX Companies. Meghan was committed to furthering her design education and enrolled in the Continuing Education program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design from 2014 to 2015; where she took courses in Digital Tools for Fashion and Textile Design. While at the TJX companies, Meghan also did freelance design work for local clothing brands , which led her to creating her company and apparel line, Tallulah & Poppy. Tallulah & Poppy will be showcasing her line on Saturday, February 24 at 7PM.
Carissa is a self-educated local designer based in Fall River, MA who became curious about the world of fashion back in 2011 by reconstructing old band t-shirts with a close friend. This practice sparked a serious interest in furthering the craft and through pure determination accompanied by real passion, she began creating dresses for personal enjoyment. Over years of showcasing collections, self-promoting, and an overwhelming positive response, it became very clear that this was her calling.
As a do-it-yourself designer, client consultant, and seamstress, Carissa works closely with her clients to create truly unique custom pieces. Whether it is for a wedding, prom, First-Communion, holiday party, or other red carpet event, the look you desire is not only attainable in dreams. She is inspired by vintage fabrics and classic trends and uses her background in movement and sculpture to deliver modern day tastefulness. There is always an element of romance or playfulness in a Carissa Lynne Design to bring excitement back to self-presentation. The importance of representing yourself through expression is something that she holds very near and dear to her heart and hopes to inspire others with this platform. Carissa will be showcasing her line Thursday, February 22 at 6:45PM.
Nathalia J Mag
Nathalia Jmag is a Boston based women and mens wear designer who honors people animals and the environment through her work. Her aim is to find balance between honoring the earth and interesting and unusual designs, she does this by remixing vintage denim and sourcing the least harmful fabrics she can find. She also aims to find the balance between the male and female energies to create genderless designs. Nathalia will be showcasing her line Thursday, February 22 at 7:45PM.