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Rosanna Krekel
Regional Director

Robbie Butt
Creative Director

Sarah Digangi

Margarita Hansen

Anna Lassiter
Co-Program Director

Neely Powell
Co-Membership Director

Krista Beth Huff
Technology Director

Ashley Caldwell
Social Media Director

Advisory Directors:
Marshall Simon
Linda Burnside
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Nominations for 2014 Officers

An email was sent on December 2nd with a proxy ballot and slate of FGI Board nominees for 2014.  You must fill it out and send it back by December 21st to:

Fashion Group International of Charleston
1010 Middle Street
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
Attention: Karen Edwards

The FGI Charleston region will hold its annual meeting on January 16th.  This important meeting will announce the new Directors for 2014, review the accomplishments of the organization and discuss some highlights for 2014.  Details to follow...

Member Profile: Gwen Rawls 
Gwen Rawls Italian Shoe Boutique

Gwen Rawls, owner of Gwen Rawls Italian Shoe Boutique, believes that a woman’s wardrobe is created from the ground up. “An elegant shoe serves as the ultimate foundation for fashion and I firmly believe there’s nothing more elegant than a finely crafted Italian shoe,” said Rawls. “More than any other part of a wardrobe—or from any other part of Europe—Italian shoes elevate a woman’s sense of style and give her the utmost of confidence to step forward in fashion.” 

A South Carolina native with a love for European fashion, Rawls has traveled extensively throughout Europe but always found herself returning to Milan to explore the world’s fashion capital. “I’ve always loved fashion but my passion for shoes began in Milan,” said Rawls. “During my travels, I met more and more shoe designers and was consistently impressed with the extraordinary craftsmanship and artisanship one only sees in Italy.” As she began traveling back to Italy on a regular basis, Rawls jokingly says her background in international shipping was enormously helpful as she shipped “countless treasures” back home to South Carolina. 

Like many women living in Columbia, Rawls felt her shoe shopping options were limited. In addition to buying abroad, Rawls typically traveled to boutiques in Charlotte, New York and Atlanta to find the stylish brands she loved. “But more than anything I dreamed of a boutique right in my own hometown that could offer the same Italian brands that have defined my sense of style.” That’s when Rawls first conceptualized an Italian shoe boutique that could help women in Columbia—and throughout the southeast—find their own foundation for fashion right here in the capital city.

Influenced by the Italian expression “passo con passione” (“to step with passion”), Rawls forged relationships with some of Italy’s most desired shoe designers including Roberto Cavalli, Loriblu and Luis Onofre. “I wanted to bring these incredibly crafted shoes home to the women of South Carolina,” said Rawls. “And even though a small number of these designers can be found in other markets, most of the designers we feature will not be seen anywhere else in the United States.” Adding to the exclusivity and limited selections, Rawls has also worked with several Italian designers to create her own “GWEN RAWLS” brand that will also be exclusive to her boutique. 
For more information about Gwen Rawls Italian Shoe Boutique, visit the website at or email Gwen at To see all of Gwen's beautiful shoes, visit her store at 4840 Forest Dr., Suite 17, Columbia. Call (803) 661-7607 for more information.
Featured Event Recap:
Spring/Summer 2014 Ready-to-Wear International Collections Presentation

Fashion Group International's bi-annual presentation of the Best of the Runway was generously hosted by the University of South Carolina's HRSM school on December 4th, 2013 in Columbia. The Spring/Summer 2014 trends included white shirts, dainty pleats, and sporty details. Patterns ran the gamut from folksy to floral. 

The video presentation, curated by renowned fashion journalist, Mary Lou Luther, was followed by a lively discussion and Q&A with FGI Founding Director, Rosanna Krekel and FGI Creative Director, Robbie Butt. The forum discussed topics such as the best trends of the season, new designers to watch, how young designers should present their brand to retailers, and the role social media is playing in the business of fashion.

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