Friday, September 14, 2018


From Phoenix, AZ


Welcome to a world of peace with an ethereal-esque vibe mixed with simplistic creativity. Yep, that's what I felt when I met this little lady at Phoenix Fashion Week's Shop Garment District. Her spirit is something special.

Meet Ariel founder of Ama Sea Pearl. One of the accessory designers gracing the runway with her delicate wares. Her idyllic personality shines through her brand. She's just so precious!!

This young lady is such a breath of fresh air. Her jewelry which includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings are meant for any girl of any age.

Here's a closer look at this wonderfully thriving jewelry designer...

Give me one word that best describes your style of accessory? 
"Unique." Why?  "I would say unique, because of the nature of the pearls and why it is a material that is relatable to the human experience." 

What was your first piece ever created? Do you still have it?

"I made a bronze star locket in my first metals class, I carved it from wax and used lost wax casting to create it. Yes, I still have it and I could never part with it."

Aw that's so cool! I made a foot stool in Shop class in 8th grade and I still have it lol. It's so hard to part with those first loves.

What matters to you most as an accessory designer?
"Creating a piece that is just not about aesthetics, but has a meaning that the wearer can relate to."

What part of the accessory game excites you most?

"Being able to create accessories that individuals can relate to. Giving an accessory more meaning is what really gets me ecstatic."

What type of materials do you work with?

"Freshwater baroque pearls, fine silver, and sterling silver."

What is your favorite part of conceptualizing a new design?
"I’ve always found the process of coming up with any idea in the mind and finding solutions to bring that idea to fruition. Even more so going through the challenges as a designer to go from idea, to 2D sketch to finally an actual tangible design." 

Wow, I couldn't imagine where to begin in creating that next piece. Being the perfectionist that I am, my challenge would be starting the project uh seriously. I continue to find amazement in the level of creativity in designers.

Do you have any other experience in the jewelry industry?
"No, I don’t I’m still new to everything but I don’t let that discourage me. Since I am a full time graduate student I’m always learning. Learning from both sides of being a studio jeweler and learning about the industry."

Where do you find the inspiration to create your unique brand?
"The material I utilize, which are unusual pearls. I feel we are all like pearls, unique."

What has been your biggest challenge so far?

"So far is being the only one to make jewelry by hand."

I would think that would be a plus for you as a designer. Handmade jewelry is its own specialty being one of a kind craftsmanship. 

What is the best part of the designer bootcamp?

"The various challenges given, pushing myself to do my personal best."

What is the hardest part of the designer bootcamp?
"Defiantly trying to duplicate myself to fit the many roles to run a brand, since I am the only one. I often times have to delegate what is the priority."

With all the current trending fashion, how do you come up with new looks in order to standout from others?

"To be honest I actually don’t follow what is trending, I’m very insular for my design process. I am more so inspired to capture a feeling or a thought. Then I try to figure out how to convey that in a storytelling fashion into an actual piece that is tangible."

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Make sure you catch this young lady and her brand on the big runway at Talking Stick Resort on October 18-20, 2018. Get your Phoenix Fashion Week tickets here.

See you on the runway!

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Thanks to the Chronic Behavior team for their excellent coverage of the event. They are the team helping to support and promote the brand. We appreciate you for your continued support.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018



by Toy Taylor  - Phoenix Fashion 

Week keeps their emerging 

designers working hard for their 


Business learnings, exposure to 

the world of retail, classroom 

time with mentors like True 

Religion's Kim Gold brings a 

tremendousamount of knowledge 

to the table for these rising 


I had the pleasure in getting to know JC 

Donaldson, the man behind  BEING DAPPER, a

little better and pick his brain for a bit.

Here's how that went down:

(Ths is my favorite question to ask)

Give me one word that best describes your style/brand?  "Dashing"! 

Why dashing?  "I would say this right on point with my brand it proceeds a  the certain type of attitude that personifies elegance, adventure, and being stylish."

What does fashion mean to you? "It means your outward expression of confidence and personality through fabric. You can learn a huge amount of information about a person on what they select for their wardrobe colors."

How did you start with these swagged out tees? Is there a
hidden story that needs to be told?

"I wanted to make a powerful statement through typography and artwork with Great Gatsby era influence." 

What matters to you most as a designer? "That my clients feel connected with my brand."  Explain. "That when I design clothing it makes people feel more confident about themselves." 

Do you have any other experiences in the fashion industry? "I have been men’s fashion blogger is 2011, that’s what the IVMMXI stands for April 04 2011."  How did that work out for you? "This is my 1st experience in fashion regarding designing it comes along with a ton of work very different from blogging. But some the things that I learned from doing that I can also apply as a designer." 

What is your favorite part of conceptualizing a new design? "Just looking at everyday men’s fashion and putting my unique spin on it."

What was your first piece ever created? "The Nahbro shirt, I remember looking

at a pack of Marlboro cigarettes and laughing and saying there should be a shirt that says Nahbro with the same font and powerful image of someone smoking so I created it."

We all know how strenuous the 4-month bootcamp with Phoenix Fashion Week can be with the required tasks given. All the information obtained by the designers has to be overwhelming at times, I'm sure. 

What is the best part of the designer bootcamp? "Exposure and knowledge."
In what way?  "The fundamentals of building a brand business plan, media, lookbooks, and a strong social media cadence." 

What is the hardest part of the designer bootcamp? "Time it can be a challenge. There is a great deal of work that is assigned to you with tight deadlines. Its balancing act you are trying to turn in quality work and get in on time."

What has been your biggest challenge so far? "Manufacturing relationships."
How so?  "Consistent communication and meeting deadlines this seems to be an ongoing issue."

I am always so amazed by the emerging designers and the level of creativity. I often wonder how long a designer will be relevant 12-months down the road. Your brand strikes me as one that can and will be around for a long time.

What are your fashion goals? 

"To grow a global brand that captures a gentlemen’s entire lifestyle. Meaning everything from accessories, hats, tank tops, tee-shirts, jackets, sweaters and suits."

Well I love your brand. The fact that you can take a staple item and implement your own classic twist is on point. 

I'll be on the lookout for that women's Being Dapper line. #hinthint 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?   "The household name in men’s fashion. Known for refinement in not just in clothing but education, cooking, as well furniture. And a nonprofit program built to help young men to accomplish their dreams through grant programs and scholarships."

Being Dapper can be found across all social media outlets. Wanna see Being Dapper on the main stage at Phoenix Fashion Week? Get your tickets here. The big event is Oct 18-20, 2018. 

See you on the runway!

IG - @being_dapper

Presented by   @chronicbehavior

Thanks to the Chronic Behavior team for their excellent coverage of the event. They are the team helping to support and promote the brand. We appreciate you for your continued support.

Monday, July 16, 2018

#PhxFW Finalist Press Release: Being Dapper

For Information, contact For Immediate Release
JC Donaldson Found/Being Dapper 210.216.0449


Designer JC Donaldson, selected to participate in Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer Boot-camp leading up to the final showcase at Phoenix Fashion Week

Phoenix, Arizona (JULY 9, 2018) – Phoenix Fashion Week, announced Phoenix label, Being Dapper, as a finalist (Top 12) to participate in the Emerging Designer Bootcamp 2018 (June – October).

This leads up to Phoenix Fashion Week’s premier showcase at Talking Stick Resort, 18-20 October 2018, where one designer will walk away with the title of Contemporary ‘Designer of the Year' and a $10,000 prize package comprised of goods and services to help the winning brand succeed.
JC Donaldson will be launching his latest collection at Phoenix Fashion Week on Friday, October 19th, 2018. The brand was discovered by Phoenix Fashion Week scouts back in January. Using powerful imagery and telling a story through fabric by blending the style of the modern man with an art deco finish into a collection that is unique and timeless.

"Phoenix Fashion Week is proud to have Being Dapper in our 'Bootcamp' competing for Designer of the Year," said Brian Hill, Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week
“Clothing is an artform and the consumer is silent as their body is the canvas while the designs speak loudly” – I am designing powerful pieces that capture the gentlemen’s mindset ”- JC Donaldson

Follow Being Dapper on Instagram (@being_dapper) and Twitter (@beingdapper). We encourage followers to use BeingDapper and Phoenix Fashion Week’s official Instagram and Twitter hash tags #being_dapper #phxfashionweek #DesigneroftheYear #PHXFW #Designerbootcamp. Become a fan of Being Dapper on Facebook to stay up-to-date with all the latest happenings. ( To request photos, interviews or for more information about the Being Dapper or Phoenix Fashion Week contact JC Donaldson


ABOUT BEING DAPPER Being Dapper Is A Lifestyle
Being Dapper is a Phoenix based lifestyle brand focused on developing high quality garments that express what a modern gentleman looks like. Restoring and building confidence in men through powerful statements expressed through fabric. Being Dapper is more than just fashion, it is a gentleman’s pursuit for excellence. For more information

ABOUT PHOENIX FASHION WEEK Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest. Our core purpose is to build sustainable brands from the ground up while pushing the Arizona fashion industry forward. The organization’s mission is 'Bridging Designers & Buyers' through three pillars of fashion, education, and community. Through educational fashion seminars, year-round fashion events and charitable partnerships, Phoenix Fashion Week continues to gain rapid acclaim for its community service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest. For more information visit:

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Meet the 2018 Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designers

It is time! Time to meet this year's Phoenix

Fashion Week 2018 Emerging Designers and

Accessory Designer along with the new season

of Top 40 Models. Omg wait till you see these

models...tall, fierce, and watchout!!!! This is

going to be an interesting season for the


The big reveal was held at the downtown

Phoenix hotspot The MonOrchid, which is right

in the heart of the Roosevelt District.

Everything is down here! This part of the

valley has definitely been revived and is going


Anyhoo, let me introduce to you the 2018

Emerging Designers and Accessory Designers. I

am very pleased to say that Arizona is

represented by 7 local designers this year. These

collections range from swagged out tee shirts,

rocking street gear to some stylish couture. And

the accessory designers have an aire of

feminity to BAM in your face fashion.

Drumroll please:


1. SiSi Aduke         @sisi_aduke       
    (Chandler, AZ)     


2. Chau Chic Designs     @chauchicdesigns
    (New Orleans, LA)

3. Cody Chris     @codychriscollection
    (Phoenix, AZ)

4. Being Dapper     @being_dapper
    (Phoenix, AZ)

5. WVSH       @wvshofficial
    (San Diego, CA)

6. Activ Intimates      @activintimates
    (Scottsdale, AZ)

7. MollyKate Cline        @mollykatecline
    (Columbus, OH)

8. Nani Swimwear             @naniswimwear
    (Logan, UT)

9. Zelenco          @zelenco_fashion
    (San Jose, CA)

10. Orlando Dugi         @orlandodugi
      (Santa Fe, NM)

11. Amanda Casarez          @amanda.casarez
      (St. Louis, MO)

12. Rockin Street Wear            @rockinstreetwear
      (Phoenix, AZ)


1. Pam Hall Jewelry        @pamhalljewelry
    (Nashville, TN)

2. DawnStar    @dawnstarcollection
    (San Diego, CA)

3. Raven Collection       @raven_collection
    (Phoenix, AZ)

4. Ama Sea Pearl           @amaseapearl
    (Phoenix, AZ)


Make sure you keep an eye on the emerging designers. Have you picked a favorite yet? Keep up with Film and Fashion Futures for a more intimate look at your 2018 Phoenix Fashion Week lineup. Get your tickets here for the big fall event. This WILL be a sold out event.

See you on the runway!








Presented by   @chronicbehavior

Thanks to the Chronic Behavior team for their excellent coverage of the event.
They are the team helping to support and promote the brand. We appreciate
you for your continued support.