DESIGNERS SEPTEMBER 2018
Season 15 of STYLEWEEK Northeast will be taking place on September 19 – September 22 at the RI Convention Center. Designers will be showcasing Spring/Summer collections.
Designers who participate in STYLEWEEK Northeast 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.
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.
Cecile Thieulin is an architect and the founder and Ceo of Simone Simon. Simone Simon is an innovative Paris & Boston based fashion brand.
She uses technologies (3D-CAD, VR,+ military engineer techniques) to create unique, comfortable and ethical building blocks for the dynamic woman’s wardrobe.Because she wants fashion to adapt to women and not women to adapt to fashion.
She was an entrepreneur in Residence’17 in the Babson WINLab. She also teaches at the Boston Architectural College, her passion for creation, materiality, art, light, space, and proportions.She cares for the sustainability of the materials and the means of production. Being an ethical fashion brand is a fight for a better fashion.
She is a true Parisienne but loves and lives the American life.
Providence based designer, Kent Stetson, began making handbags in 2003 out of frustration over being unable to sell his artwork after graduating from Brown University. This led to Stetson cutting up his canvas’ and sewing them into bags- which sold immediately. After 15 years of success, the Kent Stetson brand is still going strong and his eccentric clutches can be seen in the hands of celebrities such as Martha Stewart, Billie Lee, Gabrielle Ruiz, and Angelica Cross.
Stetson’s designs are a great way to spark a fun conversation. Whether one of the signature clutch pieces (each comes with a handy crossbody strap), or the larger day bags, Stetsons intention is to make something that breaks the ice and turns everyday adventures into an opportunity to make new friends.
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.
Amy Lane graduated with departmental honors from Massachusetts College of Art and Design earning herself a BFA Degree in Fashion Design. Lane is currently tending to the growth of AMLN in hopes that it will gain traction and become a full time job indefinitely. Her brand [AMLN] caters to the free spirited with one of a kind handmade sustainable garments and vintage accessories. Lane works hard to create clothing sustainably repurposing fabrics and reworking garments. Using materials already in existence to create modern and trendy boho clothing is our number one initiative. We offer a variety of services here at AMLN catering to our clients every need including Custom [client-based] commissions and made-to-order styles sold through Etsy.com.
Jonee Anderson is a self taught fashion designer who has been creating from a young age. She grew up in Boston, what she started designing with her first Barbie sewing machine at the age of 7 and watching Project Runway from season 1.
Jonee has always lived all aspects of fashion; buying, styling, photo shoots and illustration. She was conflicted in where she wanted to be in the fashion industry but from interning for Karmaloop in Boston, she decided to go with her long time love of creating fashion.
Jonee decided to attend her first fashion show in April 2018 and has been in love with the experience since.
She aspires to create for every woman and event that she may attend with printed fabrics and spontaneous ideas through Jonee Anderson Designs.
Lavanya Coodly is a luxury clothing brand designed to resonate with the urban woman who is bohemian at heart. It speaks to the curious minded woman who is open to new experiences and confidently expresses her personal style. She dresses to please herself.
The Vision: At Lavanya Coodly, we strive to offer a breadth of options to address the needs and moods of the urban woman that wants a closet reflecting her diverse interests. She is someone that appreciates, collects and wears garments carefully hand- embellished by skilled artists. In our mosaic, tailored styles are juxtaposed with flowing gowns. It is Bohemian-luxe and glamour with restraint. It is feminine and career chic. The range extends from haute couture to everyday styles. It is comfortable and versatile.
Our inspiration comes as much from exotic places far, far away as from common, everyday happenings. The world is our go to place for ideas, thoughts and memories, all of which trigger a desire to create, express and indulge. Through our work, we want to preserve traditions, encourage innovation and protect each talented and dedicated member of the team who make it possible for us to do what we love and bring our ideas to life.
The Designer: The woman behind the brand is Lavanya Coodly. For Lavanya, designing luxury dresses was a quietly nurtured passion that segued into a full time career in 2013. After spending many years in the world of science, it was time for a big change. Re-tooling with a degree in business, developing her women’s wear label became the obvious second career of choice. Thus, a company was born. And with it, the opportunity to own, create and develop a brand built on new ideas.
Christopher Sean was born and raised in Southern Massachusetts where he first began his education in electronic engineering. There, he felt the pressured to fit in and be like everyone else but it was difficult for him because of his sexual identity. Most kids at school would pick on him for being gay but Christopher would always laugh it off. After high school, Christopher completely changed his education to follow his passion and went to study Textile Design at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth because it was closely related to fashion.
During his college education Christopher studied at Central Saint Martins in London. There, he grew to appreciate London’s culture and society particularly pertaining to the openness and acceptance of their citizens in terms of identity. That’s when he came to acknowledge the fact that he wanted to improve the acceptance of the LGBTQ community and help them to become comfortable in their own skin.
Focusing on gender fluidity and breaking the taboo of dress in menswear, Christopher Sean creates garments that allow people to embrace and express their sexuality. Worn by women the garments give her a masculine edge, but worn by men the garments give him a soft femininity. His brand embraces and fights for the beauty of fluidity.
International designer Melina Cortes-Nmili’s road to fashion has been anything but conventional. Part entrepreneur and part designer, Melina has never taken the standard path. Frustrated with the frantic, flash-in-a-pan pursuit of the latest fads, Melina had a vision for a new take on a timeless concept – “beauty that transcends the trend.” Said in a simpler way, she believes in a luxurious, classic, yet contemporary design that always looks beautiful, and never goes out of style.
Born and bred in the vibrant Dominican Republic countryside, Melina embraces the diversity of colors, textures and patterns of her childhood. From her design studio in Boston, lalla bee’s structured silhouettes, colorful palettes, and painstaking attention to detail reflect the values and struggles of her past. Rather than following the latest trends in fashion, Melina’s designs are intentionally timeless. Melina’s designs are ethically made from quality fabrics sourced directly from the finest factories across the U.S. and Europe.
Like the self-made women who raised Melina, lalla bee’s dresses tell a story of strength, effortless beauty, and unwavering confidence. “The kind of woman I envision wearing one of my dresses is a woman who is confident in her own skin. When she walks into the room, she owns it. She feels smart, beautiful, and her strength shines,” says Melina. “I firmly believe that she can and should be simple, fearless and beautiful. “Melina lives in Boston with her husband. The couple has a son and a daughter.
ROSE & THREAD
Rose & Thread is a socially conscious women’s clothing brand founded by Robin Barrett Wilson. The company was started with one goal in mind: to make classic, timeless, and quality pieces for women, while fueling the US economy.
If each of us spent just an extra $64.00 a year on American made goods, it would create 200,000 new jobs. At rose & thread, we believe supporting our local economy is the best way for us to help others. By producing our designs in NYC, we help keep highly skilled workers employed, we know they are treated with respect, work in a safe environment and are paid a fair wage.