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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jess Abernethy presented by Flaunt RI
Jessica, a Providence-based designer, creates clean, forward and wearable apparel. She was born in Connecticut and moved to a small town outside of Nuremberg, Germany as a teenager. Jessica received degrees in both Design and Pattern Making from the esteemed ESMOD University in Munich. While in school, she completed an internship with Marc O’Polo, a Swedish clothing brand. Jessica returned to the United States in 2001 and launched her own line. Rather than focusing on trends, Jessica’s designs channel a sharp, effortless sophistication, reminiscent of her German education and the New England upper crust. Jess will be showcasing her line on Saturday, September 23 at 7:15PM.
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, September 22 at 7:15PM.
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.” Peace designs for the woman wh likes to be on-trent 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 Wednesday, September 20 at 8:15PM.
Chevalier Homme is an up and coming ready to wear brand started by Reginald Merome, in the fall of 2010. Chevalier Homme’s brand clothing is not only versatile and perfect for casual occasions its also stylish as well as elegant. Chevalier Homme’s goal is to provide gentlemen between the ages of 24 through 40 with timeless, modern, high-end fashion that is environmentally conscious and affordable. It’s goal is to redefine the environmentally conscious clothing market, by providing garments that are masculine tailored and stylish, with high-end refinement without forfeiting the vibrant beauty that makes any garment distinctive. Its mission is to provide modern men with stylish versatile luxury clothing, shoes and accessories that are affordable. Environmentally and socially conscious yet stylish and appropriate for any occasion, Chevalier Homme brand is chic and innovative yet, refined and gentlemanly in presentation. Chevalier Homme will be showcasing their line on Thursday, September 21 at 8PM.
Amy Page DeBlasio
Amy Page DeBlasio, a Providence native, views the world through an artistic lens. Since she was a child, Amy’s life has centered around art in one form or another. She has been an artist since her earliest memories. After years of exploration, she discovered her most creative expression in the world of fashion. Amy graduated the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s of science degree in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design (she was a top award winner in the 2016 spring fashion show), and a bachelor of arts degree in Italian Language and Literature. 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. She now designs apparel and jewelry 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, pushing 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. Amy’s pieces radiate movement and energy. Each design invents its own message.
Amy resides in Providence, Rhode Island, a city and state she loves for their resolute support of art and culture. Amy Page Deblasio will be showcasing her line on Friday, September 22 at 8PM.
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 Friday, September 22 at 8:15PM.
Jeffrey Dickerson in a Providence born designer. Creating has always been natural to Jeffrey, from his imagination to everything he has brought to life. Unlike normal designers, he didn’t start this career due to his love for fashion but for his love for construction. Inventing and being able to understand how something is put to together or figuring it out step by step is what Jeffrey found interesting and exciting. He studied business management for the first year of college before deciding that it could not feed his creative side. He then considered The School of Fashion Design Boston and it had changed his life. Studying at the school from 2011-2015, he designed his first collection in 2014 as a part of “The Launch”; a program designed by the founder of Boston Fashion Week to allow select students to have a platform to design and showcase their first collection. After receiving his diploma from The School of Fashion Design, Jeffrey interned with different local Boston designers and studied under them to build his skill. He began designing for a boutique in downtown Providence, participating in his first fashion post-school fashion show with Styleweek and acquired a job with a startup customizable clothing company, Alice Walk, in the late spring of 2016. His design concept is to create garments to fit the self-empowered individual. Tackling different styles in each collection while also trying to push the provocative envelope and infuse each piece of work with artistic energy. He considers himself an adventurous designer that empowers the individual through fashion. Jeffrey will be showcasing his line on Thursday, September 21 at 8:15PM.
GYPSETGIRL presented by Blush Tan
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, September 22 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, September 23 at 8:15PM.
As a full figured woman, Yona Love understands how difficult it is to dress a woman of a certain size. As a business owner, she spent years having clothes custom-made to her own specifications, because she could not find the looks she wanted in her size. She finally decided to create her own line of plus size fashion, to meet the needs professional women just like herself: Professional women who want to be taken seriously. Yona Love believes that beauty is not about size, but about style and confidence. She wants women to feel liberated in her clothing. To enjoy what they are wearing so much it makes them smile to think about it. And to be able to feel comfortable and confident in any situation. Because that is truly beautiful. Yona’s fabulous plus size clothing is made in New York City. Yona Love will be showcasing her line on Wednesday, September 20 at 8PM.
Deanna Marie, a new and upcoming Northwest Chicago designer, creates designs that are simple, elegant, classic and comfortable but often lends an edge to any person. Deanna has an associates degree in Business Administration and held high level corporate positions as Vice President of Key Accounts/Business Operations for a wholesale manufacturer. She is highly competitive and self-motivated. As a hobby, she stays close to wellness and fitness. She has competed in several Triathlons, Figure Competition (placing first), achieving a Personal Training Certificate and Life Coach Certificate.
Her education and experience lead her to launching a career in fashion to bring her back to her roots. Her passion for fashion began at an early age where she began making clothes in her childhood home. Her fierce and vibrant personality is seen through her designs. Deanna will be showcasing her line on Saturday, September 23 at 8:30PM.
Masen Fox is a classic contemporary vintage-inspired menswear brand. Having an appreciation for the iconic 60’s, Masen Fox is a blend of Mad Men, James Bond and Steve McQueen favoring suits, sports and leisurewear with heavy accents on the British “Mod Look.” In early 2010, Rhode Islander, Kim Barbieri, met CFDA designer Janet Howard in Los Angeles, two women entrepreneurs with backgrounds in fashion and marketing. They joined forces to launch The Martini Factory which is a full-service fashion design and manufacturing agency for sampling and production with hands-on approach to managing every aspect of the design and development process from concept to consumer.After 7 years, Kim Barbieri got the itch to design her first menswear collection inspired by the 20th century vintage era. Masen Fox will be showcasing their line on Thursday, September 21 at 6:30PM.
Alexandra Nam is a New York based designer who attended Parsons Design School for a Fashion Design BFA. Her thesis collection was selected to run the catwalk at Parsons Benefit Fashion Show as well as to be displayed on main show window at ‘Saks fifth Avenue New York.’ After graduating in 2012, she furthered her fashion education in a Master class from the Arts of Fashion Foundation in Paris where she cultivated her interest in mixing classics with architectural shapes, honing her craftsmanship in Le Sage embroidery. Her capsule collection was exhibited at the Hall des Marechaux at Les Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre. Her S/S 2016 collection was selected to be presented at Fashion Scout London Exhibition September 2015. Alexandra will be closing the week with her collection on Saturday, September 23 at 8:45PM.
Valentina is an Italian fashion designer, now living in the Boston area. Formerly a fashion photographer, she combines her experience in different fields of visual arts to design and create uniquely colorful and stylish handbags and clothes.
She had the opportunity to showcase her work on several runways along the East Coast (Providence, Boston, NYC, Atlantic City etc), and Europe (Paris Fashion Week 2015, London).
In 2016, she co-founded Nstilla, a Waltham (MA)-based brand of bags and accessories, all vegan-friendly, featuring original prints inspired by Italy (The ROMEntic Collection), and made in limited editions.
At STYLEWEEK September 2017, Valentina will present a new collection of handbags and garments, after a 2-year hiatus as a clothing-designer. The collection will be a mash-up of the Italian spirit that characterizes her brand and a whimsical take on Victorian fashion and lifestyle. Valentina will be showcasing her line on Opening Night as the opening show, Wednesday, September 20 at 7:15PM.
Amy Stetkiewicz presented by Maid Pro
Stetkiewicz is a womenswear line by Amy Stetkiewicz.
Educated at Parsons School of Design NYC in the early 1990s and inspired by all things modern, stetkiewicz is a reflection of the designer’s own personal style. Her aesthetic blends edgy minimalism grounded in technical perfection and unexpected fabrics, construction and styling. The Spring 2014 Collection debuts this August at StyleWeek Northeast. Expect clean lines, luxe fabrics and a chic downtown vibe. Amy will be showcasing her line on Closing Night as the opening show, Friday, September 23 at 7PM.