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Friday Forum: Moving Fashion Forward in Portland
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Date(s): May 2, 2014
Time: 12:15 PM  PST - 1:15 PM  PST
Sentinel (formerly The Governor Hotel), 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR

Program Information: Doors open at 11:30am; Program begins at 12:15pm. Between 11:30am and 12:15pm, walk around the ballroom and take a look at designer's work!

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Moving Fashion Forward in Portland

Portland is home to an abundance of boutiques, designers, and 5 Project Runway winners. Since we are home to hot designers, why aren’t we cool enough to keep them around? A panel of voices in from fashion, investment and economic development will discuss Portland’s fashion scene, and leave us with innovative solutions to put Portland higher on the fashion map- for our closet and local fashion industry.

Panelists: Seth Friedermann, Director of Designer Relations at Manufacture New York, and well-respected advocate for designers' career success and branding. David Howitt, founder & CEO of Meriwether Group investment firm and author of Heed Your Call. Becky Ross, apparel and accessory designer, and Project Runway contestant. Seth Aaron, is the winner of two Project Runway titles. Seth has a high-fashion collection currently being sold on QVC. Sharon Blair, Owner of Portland Sewing. She is a fashion designer, and teacher to many local companies. Mort Bishop, President of Pendleton Woolen Mills. Sheila Hamilton will moderate the panel. She is the News Director for KINK Radio and winner of five Peabody prizes for journalism.

Doors open at 11:30am. Before the start of the program at 12:15pm, walk around the ballroom and talk with the following designers who will be displaying their work:

  • Seth Aaron: Fashions from his unique line, currently being sold on QVC.
  • Becky Ross: Accessories and fashions from her designs, including women's handbags.
  • David Howitt: President of Meriwether Investment selling signed copies of his book, Heed Your Call. 
  • Sharon Blair: Fashions from her designs, with information about her classes at Portland Sewing.
  • Tito Chowdury: FashionNXT show advertising (October, 2014).
  • Amy Sim: Fashions from her designs, and also accessories.
  • Mort Bishop: Fashions from Pendleton Woolen Mills designs.
  • Seth Friedermann: Brochures from ManufactureNY and his work to support designers in NY, and keeping fashion production in the city.

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