Arizona Apparel Foundation Local Fashion Designer & Boutique Benefit Sale


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!).


Mahsa Fashion Group

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.

Tiger Lily

Ellen Dayan from Tiger Lily Dress Shop

The following local designers and boutiques were part of the lineup (Click to learn more about them!):

me linda

ME Linda Creations by Mari Fagre

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.

Monica Mauro Designs

Monica Mauro Designs

Tours of the Fashion Incubator building were offered while guests shopped for clothing and accessories for the whole family (including their dogs!).

Fabric benefit sale

Top left to right: Nostalgic Boutique and Mabella Chic. Bottom left to right: Woman’s Touch Apparel and ThE COaltion for Fashion

A portion of the sales was donated to the Arizona Apparel Foundation.

Laura Tanzer

Designer Laura Tanzer

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.

Haus of Miw

Haus of MIW by Jessica Kelley

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About Sandra Mateu

Personal stylist, Sandra Mateu helps business women and talent look their best at events, speaking engagements, videos productions, photo shoots and everyday life. She works with them online and/or in person in the state of Arizona to help them achieve the professional image they desire. Whether you live near Gilbert, Phoenix and Scottsdale or anywhere else in the world, Sandra can help you with your style needs.

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