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September 08, 2015
The Fashion Group International of Greater Washington DC
Did Someone Say Fall?? Yes, Fall Is Right Around The Corner
Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Labor Day weekend and an even better Summer. I can't believe it but Fall is almost here. Is it just me or did Summer go by way too fast?? Nonetheless, we are ready to kick off the season!

Before I mention some of the cool programming we have coming up, I wanted to thank everyone who came out to our inaugural #FGIDCWorkshops series (recaps are on the blog) at General Assembly in June. Having almost 100 attendees across 3 sessions, in 3 weeks was incredible. The feedback you gave us was also extremely encouraging and definitely let us know this type of programming struck a cord with you, so expect more.

For all of you who joined us at the Penthouse Pool Club in July, you are troopers! Despite the summer rain and rolling clouds you showed up and allowed us to get to know you better. Looking forward to seeing you at our next Cocktails & Conversations. Lastly, for those who sent us feedback regarding our new blog and how much you like it (yayy!!! if you haven't visited yet, be sure to do so and for all the new members who joined in the past few months, we say thank you! 

Looking forward, we are extremely excited about the programming we have coming up for you. Our activities will range from our biannual trend presentation, to our ongoing workshops, to an art and men's event and then capping off the year with a must-attend holiday party. Planning is still in the works but stay tuned for more deets coming soon! In the meantime, drop us a line at if you have any feedback, questions or concerns.

See you soon!
Elaine Mensah, Regional Director
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Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc. presents
Fall/Winter 2015 Trend & Fashion Presentation courtesy of CityCenterDC & Fig & Olive
Join us for a screening of FGI's curated trends from New York, London, Milan & Paris. Followed by live fashion presentation of the trends from CityCenterDC retailers presentation followed by a live fashion presentation of trends from CityCenterDC retailers - Zadig & Voltaire, Canali, Allen Edmonds, Morgenthal Frederics,Paul Stuart, Vince - and discussion with industry style experts (and our members!) Robin Fisher of Polished Image & Style, Alton Barber of Best Dressed Man On The Planet, Marissa Schneider of Gilt City DC, and James Cornwell Celebrity Stylist and Co-Owner of Iva Bella Salon.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 
Fig & Olive
CityCenter DC
934 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

Members - $20
Non-Members - $35
Eventbrite - FGIDC F/W 2015 Trend & Fashion Presentation courtesy of CityCenterDC and Fig & Olive
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Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc presents
Fashion Business Workshops
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BUILD, RUN AND PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS with Fashion Lawyer, Founder and CEO of Fashion Boss, and Designer Brittany Rawlings

September 30, 2015
General Assembly
1133 15th St NW Washington, DC 20005

FGIDC Members – $10
Non-Members – $20
At the Door – $25

Eventbrite - Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc presents EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BUILD, RUN AND PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS

We look forward to connecting, learning and engaging with you!

#FGIDCWorkshops: A Workshop series aimed to provide fashion and creative industry focused entrepreneurs with knowledge, tools, and resources that will grow and strengthen their businesses.
FGIDC Member Opportunity
Anna O Bags Seeks Luxury Market Sales Rep
Anna Bags is a small, family-operated establishment designing and creating luxury leather handbags. Anna Bag is seeking a sales representative who has experience in sales within the "hard" luxury marketplace, and preferably with clientele in that marketplace. Compensation is competitive. Contact if you are interested or know someone who is.
FGIDC Member Spotlight
Kenya Wiley Pens Article on Fashion, Tech, & Gender Gap
"There has been an uproar over the past year about the lack of diversity in tech, especially for women. Numerous reports have referred to “30” as the average percentage of women working at major tech companies....As fashion companies continue to integrate technology into their products and overall business models, more women in fashion are connecting with tech companies."  Read More 
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FGIDC Member Event
Kelly Kirchberg of Divine Style + Bloomingdale's Fall Collection Preview
Join Divine Style for a Fall Collection Launch at Bloomingdale's Chevy Chase on Saturday, September 12th 2-4 p.m.  More Info 

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FGIDC Member Event
Elaine Mensah of SVELTE, LLC Launches #TheFashionSource 
Multiple FGIDC members are featured in DC's new comprehensive fashion guide launching Wednesday September 9th 6-9pm @ Renaissance Dupont.

Join us in giving a warm welcome to our newest FGIDC members:
Heather Shaw Menis, Principal Fifth & Main PR
Lori Parkerson, Owner Redeem Boutique
Sirdonea Davis, Founder Urban Sweetheart 
Anton Gibbons, Owner Barberic Essentials
Shafaq Saeed,  Owner Shafaq Saeed Collection LLC
Nadine Naskoviak, Brand Manager Simple Girl Designs
Kathie Pepper, Regional Account Manager Trollbeads
Have an Event, Announcement or Promotion You'd Like to Share with FGIDC Membership?
Contact with brief summary, corresponding image or invitation, and any additional pertinent information and we will share in the next month's issue of the newsletter! 
FGIDC 2015/2016 Board of Directors
Regional Director - Elaine Mensah, Founder, SVELTE, LLC
Treasurer - Linda Lee, Adjunct Professor, VCU Fashion Dept
Membership - Robin Fisher, President & Chief Stylist, Polished Image & Style
Programs - Alison Beshai, Fashion Stylist, Alison Beshai Style & Ambyr Hanks, Digital Strategist, TAAPR | Stylist & Blogger, The Written Runway
Marketing & Publicity - Heather Menis, Founder & Principal, Fifth & Main PR
Development & Sponsorship - Laura Lee Williams, Founder & Lead Designer, Laura Lee Designs & Jen Walawender, Media Buyer/Planner, JRA Advertising Agency
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