I knew it felt busy, but when I started to write out all of the connections, shows and press coverage my bags have been getting, I’m very happy and looking forward to even more!
Miami designer named one of Fashion Industry Insiders â€œDesigners to Watch, Spring 2009â€³
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Mode President Alexander Michaels and Mode Models with Cortese Design Bags at Havana Club, Miami
My stars and planets are definitely aligned! Read the full story CORTESE DESIGNS on Handbag Designer 101 and please do add your comments here and/or there!
In early January, the Fashion Industry Insiders held a casting call to review the work of various member designers and the turn out was outstanding! Designers were critiqued on quality, design, being on-trend, and wearability. While castings were being held, FII members had the chance to network among themselves, exchanging ideas and admiring each others’ work.
The designers chosen from this casting are the official “FII Designers To Watch.” As part of a new FII initiative, twice a year (Spring and Fall), member designers will be chosen to participate in this elite group, leading up to the year-end “FII Designer of the Year.” The two groups of designers will have the opportunity to participate in an FII-produced fashion show at a local venue, presenting specific pieces of their lines to their peers, buyers, media and clients. Our goal is to provide a platform for our designers to launch a full-scale business. This initial platform will offer exposure and open doors to magazine editorials, new industry contacts, purchase orders and the ability to grow to the next step of their career. The designer who best takes advantage of these opportunities and continues to grow as a designer, as well as in their business, will have the potential to become the “FII Designer of the Year.” This title is given to the member who best exemplifies quality artistry with a mix of business saavy.
Congratulations to our Designers To Watch, Spring 2009
Apparel: (brand name – designer or member)
Miranda M – Margarita Miranda, Brazilian swimwear
Olivia Lucas – Miriam Carnase, resort
Voluptuous You – Desiree Fleming, plus size resort
Doni Designs – Diana Moyet, evening resort
Eliane – Stephanie Camputaro (Sales Rep), resort
Passeig Barcelona – Sara Martinez, resort
Float Designs – Ramona Senese, resort
Elite Clothing – Jared Braverman, graphic tees
Accessories and Jewelry:
Romaly – Pilar Rodriguez
Cortese Designs – Debra Cortese
Gem Couture Inc. – Melody Saleh
Fevi Reyes Designs – Fevi Reyes
Belle Pour La Vie – Eva Estime’-Polynice, Yvette Estime`
Celestial Designs – Sofia Amadi
Designers to Watch, Spring 2009 Fashion Show
INVITATION TO “RESORT WEAR”
Please join us on Thursday evening, February 26th at the “FII Designers to Watch, Spring 2009” Resort Show. Appetizers and mingling start at 6:00pm; show starts at 8:00pm. Mix Ultra Lounge, Hollywoods newest Martini Bar, will be hosting this event and offering guests free appetizers and one free drink. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. FII members and their guests can RSVP at www.meetup.com/Fashion-Insiders. Non-members can RSVP by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org