Our 2011 Designers in Residence (DIR) have been chosen and we are so happy to start a new chapter with them under our beautifully feathered wing! The six new designers will be given the opportunity to learn the economics, marketing and merchandising of fashion from industry experts as well as mentors from Macy’s and the broader fashion community.
To celebrate the exciting new additions to our team, CFI will partner with the 900 North Michigan Shops on a pop-up shop to showcase the achievements of the alumni designers and to announce the next DIR through a dedicated retail store and series of exclusive events and trunk shows. The pop-up shop will spotlight CFI designers from the last four years starting on Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, April 23, 2011 and will be located on Level 5 of the 900 North Michigan Shops. The pop-up shop hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Thursday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The new class of designers will be be formally announced at the kick off opening LAUNCH/CFI, a fundraiser and reception, on Tuesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. in the pop up shop. To purchase tickets (at $25) for LAUNCH/CFI, please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/153902. Another sartorial treat to look forward to at LAUNCH/CFI, will be the limited edition soy, organic, cotton blend “Made in Chicago” t-shirt with a graphic design by Associate Designer Brandon Breaux of Ends Wealth Corp. Available for purchase during the five week long pop up shop, only 170 t-shirts will be issued with all proceeds from the $35 garment benefiting CFI.
LAUNCH/CFI will be an event you won’t want to miss---Refinery29 agrees! Come out and indulge in the creativity and brilliant design that is The Chicago Fashion Incubator. Join us for an evening of fashion and fun---hope to see you there!