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.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Shero's Book Release Party

RSVP at Facebook Event Page Link to attend and join the June 24th "Shero's" Book Release event at 1130 The Restaurant for brunch and books!!!!

These authors are the first of many that will come to share their "Shero's" life, trials, and tribulations of their journey.  This is the launch not only of a series but of a movement that will be celebrating the lives and the courage these women.

Brenda Combs and her company, BRC Publishing has created an amazing platform that will showcase these newest authors.  This is just the beginning and they will be sharing more announcements soon about additional events and activities that will be all about celebrating "Shero's".

A red carpet, book signing event and brunch will be hosted on by the authors so you can meet, greet, and purchase your signed copy of the book.  There is no cost to attend the event and a special menu for drinks and food will be offered.

The event will go from Noon until 3pm.  Don't miss your chance on getting your signed copies.

Each of the authors will have their books available on their personal websites as well as the book is also available on
Come out and support our own, Eva Louis and Toy Taylor, of Chronic Behavior LLC and Film & Fashion Futures who are two of the five co-authors featured in the new book "Shero's!: Stories from Real Life Shero's (Volume 1)".  

Playing to Your Own Beat - Images of Eden - Interview Series - Part 1

Music is the pathway to the soul for many and for me I have to say this is especially true.  So when you have any opportunity to get the story behind the music, that just makes my heart sing literally!!

I had the most awesome experience this week getting to interview the band, Images of Eden and to see them on stage performing some of the songs for their new album called, "Soulrise", that will be released on August 17, 2018.

We had such a great time with the interview, I decided to make it a series since we were able to capture some video with the band.  Here's the first video clip from the pre-concert interview that happened on June, 14, 2018.

Introductions to the Band (Left to Right):

Steve Dorssom: Drums/ Percussion
Gordon Tittsworth: All Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Eric Mulvaine: Bass Guitar
Carlos Urquidi Perez: Lead Guitar
Dean Harris: Piano & Keyboards

Follow Images of Eden on Facebook and their website for the latest release details and more interviews with the band will be posted soon!!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Arizona ECO Fashion Week: Education, Fashion and More

AZ Apparel Foundation | LabelHorde | AZ Fashion Source
F.A.B.R.I.C. 132 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281


Contact: Angela Johnson


Tempe, AZ March 20, 2018– On April 24th to 28th, 2018, Arizona ApparelFoundation, LabelHorde, AZ Fashion Source, ASU and sustainable Arizona fashion brands and experts will unite at F.A.B.R.I.C. for a week of education, engagement and entertainment exploring eco fashion, slow fashion and sustainability in the business of fashion.

The week will include a screening of the movie True Cost, expert panel discussions, student conversations, and a green trunk show.  The event will culminate in a “reFABRICate” fashion show highlighting sustainable local brand’s collections as well as launch F.A.B.R.I.C.’s reFABRICate initiative, coordinated by local designer Ellen Dayan in which she works with a team of local designers to breathe new life into AZ Fashion Source’s manufacturing scraps. Right after the fashion show, reFABRICate apparel will be available to purchase at the Eco Pop-Up Shop.

Arizona ECO Fashion Week is a collaborative effort” says AZ Eco Fashion Week Conference Director, Neha Kusum Purohit. “We hope to engage Arizona designers, businesses, academics, youth, students, experts, and leaders in the community to explore a new frontier in the business of fashion: ECO Fashion.”

AZ ECO Fashion Week invites community members to engage, envision, and execute events centered around sustainability and fashion throughout the valley during Earth and Fashion Revolution Week. With the support of Fashion Revolution, AZ Eco Fashion Week encourages Arizonans to join in on the conversation at #azecofw and ask #WhoMadeMyClothes on social media during the event. This international effort raises awareness to pressing issues in sustainable fashion and brings international attention to the solution that F.A.B.R.I.C. offers with local, small batch manufacturing and design resources.

Angela Johnson and Sherri Barry, co-founders of Arizona Apparel Foundation and F.A.B.R.I.C. Tempe, visionaries behind AZ Eco Fashion Week, want to build an opportunity for local community to participate in this zero waste project, based on the principles of circular economy, while creating economic value and reducing environmental impact through fashion design and local manufacturing.

For a schedule of events, tickets, panelists, participating designers and more, visit

F.A.B.R.I.C. is a fashion incubator where emerging designers can grow their abilities and their businesses. Featuring co-working and event spaces, workshops and classes as well as mentorship, micro-manufacturing and marketing opportunities, F.A.B.R.I.C. allows designers to take their idea from concept to sewn to sold. The facility is a unique partnership of the City of Tempe, the 501c-3 Arizona Apparel Foundation, LabelHorde and Arizona Fashion Source and is located in downtown Tempe just off of Mill Avenue and on the Arizona State University footprint as well as online at

ARIZONA APPAREL FOUNDATION is an Arizona non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that is located inside of AZ’s fashion incubator, F.A.B.R.I.C. and can be found online at The Foundations mission is to provide Arizona’s emerging designers and brands with innovative, small batch manufacturing and strategic business resources, so they can build sustainable fashion businesses locally. Its vision is to support cutting edge research and innovation in wearable tech and to build a sustainable and exciting new industry in Arizona. 

LABELHORDE is a category-driven, online directory of fashion businesses enabling users to easily locate local emerging and established designers, boutiques, manufacturers, photographers, models, stylists, industry supplies, fashion schools and all things fashion related in Arizona. also features a Fashion Classifieds page for local fashion jobs, a Fashion Calendar that lists all local and important national fashion events. LabelHorde is located inside of AZ’s fashion incubator F.A.B.R.I.C. where it offers lessons/classes, tech pack services, consulting, and design studio resources that designers need to start and run their businesses. 

ARIZONA FASHION SOURCE is a small batch apparel manufacturer located inside AZ’s fashion incubator F.A.B.R.I.C., that uses sustainable and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to create samples and production runs with no minimums. AFS manufactures heavy- and light-weight knits and wovens on industrial sewing equipment and the latest CAD programs and can be found online at


Monday, March 19, 2018

The Fashion Humanitarian Award Goes to Angela Johnson - Link to acceptance speech

Congratulations to Angela Johnson of @TshirtBallgown , Arizona Apparel Foundation @growazfashion / LabelHorde @LabelHorde / F.A.B.R.I.C. @FabricTempe for being awarded the Fashion Humanitarian Award from The Garment League - watch her Acceptance Speech here!!

#fashion #love #growazfashion #AAF #designer 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

When Styling is Done Right in Arizona

Our favorite time of year is right around the corner and we've got six opportunities that will prove just that.  Phoenix Fashion Week's major fashion kick-off event of the season is "Spring into Style" event hosted at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa with the amazing beautiful backdrop of the Camelback Mountain to set the scenic tone of the evening location.  The event is always highly anticipated and attended which gives  Phoenix Fashion Week the chance to notch it up some levels.  So far we've never been disappointed with this major springtime event!!

Styling includes understanding the way in which something is made, designed, or utilized.  

"These Top (6) stylists were chosen by the Style Team at Phoenix Fashion Week.  Each year we all take industry suggestions, listen to the local scene and take note of successful local creative stylists.  The (6) stylists then each matched their vision with one of the season's top trends," said Brian Hill, Executive Director, Phoenix Fashion Week 

These stylists represent the best of the best in Arizona and clearly they know a thing or two about styling.  The stylists line-up this year, their trends and influencers are as follows: 

Ashley Paige, styling “Americana;” with influencer - Valerie Loo, Face of the Foothills; 

 Ashley Paige
Ashley Paige

Beth Yohanny, styling “Men’s Short Shorts;” with influencer - Mike Spangenberg, State Forty Eight

 Beth Yohanny
Beth Yohanny

Fanny PHX, styling “Fringe;”  with influencer - Jenny Strebe, Confessions of a Hairstylist 

 Fanny PHX
Fanny PHX

StayClassy TV, styling “Chic Bling;” with influencer - Tyler Butler, Giving in Style.

 StayClassy TV
StayClassy TV

Shannon Campbell, styling “Sporty Chic;” Kristen Keough, Channel 12 News
 Shannon Campbell
Shannon Campbell

#SmartBlondes, styling “Shades of Sorbet;” Julie Xander, Lifestyle Jules


Phoenix Fashion Week continuously seeks the best of class when it comes to venues.  "Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the world’s best new hotels on its 2017 Hot List, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa combines mid-century modern design with local art to create an exceptional Sonoran Desert experience..."

We look forward to getting to know these stylist better and are ready for the runway action to be on fire in 2018!!

Stay connected for highlights of the event on March 24 and there's still time to get your tickets while you can - go to this link for yours NOW ==> Spring into Style Tickets