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