This past Memorial Day Weekend (May 26 – 28, 2017), the Arizona Apparel Foundation hosted its first “Local Fashion Designer & Boutique Benefit Sale.”
The Arizona Apparel Foundation (AAF) is a non-profit organization located in Tempe, Arizona whose mission is “to provide the knowledge and resources needed to foster Arizona’s fashion industry.”
The AFF fulfills its mission through vocational trainings for young adults with disabilities, free education programs, mentoring for small fashion-related businesses and more (To learn more about it, visit this link!).
Ellen Dayan, AAF’s Volunteer Event Manager and owner of Tiger Lily Dress Shop, spearheaded the organization and production of this event with the support of Sherri Berri, Co-Founder & Secretary of AAF, and Angela Johnson, Co-Founder & Chairman of AAF.
The following local designers and boutiques were part of the lineup (Click to learn more about them!):
- Dalynn Cosmetics
- Gail Friend Designs
- Haus of MIW
- House of Holmes
- Laura Tanzer
- Mabella Chic
- Mahsa Fashion Group
- ME Linda Creations
- Monica Mauro Designs
- Nicki Mayers, Your Wedding Affair
- Nostalgic Boutique
- ThE COalition for Fashion
- Tiger Lily Dress Shop
- Woman’s Touch Apparel
The event took place at the F.A.B.R.I.C. (The Fashion And Business Resource Innovation Center) building in downtown Tempe, Arizona, which offers free and reduced rate event, meeting, photography, sound and design studio space to the public.
Tours of the Fashion Incubator building were offered while guests shopped for clothing and accessories for the whole family (including their dogs!).
A portion of the sales was donated to the Arizona Apparel Foundation.
I had the opportunity to style some of the mannequins for the event. As a stylist, I’m always looking to get my hands on beautiful clothes and accessories and what a better opportunity to give back and support the work of this talented group of individuals and the mission of AFF.
To learn more about F.A.B.R.I.C. and support the fashion industry in Arizona, visit www.fabrictempe.com!
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