With a tagline of “Adorn Differently,” both my company and my personal brand style statement have always embraced imperfection, eclecticism, and whimsy inspired by color, impact, and joie de vivre. A significant part of that ethos relies on purchasing from and supporting independent, usually small and emerging, designers.
I crave the powerful storytelling behind an up-and-coming designer’s personal commitment to their business because they have a hands-on role within their company, therefore building a stronger sense of care for the job they do. Additionally, small ambitious companies are more flexible in their customer support – with a willingness to bend rules if necessary (such as alter a return policy) or deliver VIP treatment when least expected (such as home delivery during a rain/ice storm).
In addition, emerging designer businesses deliver powerful community character and economic advantages to the town they are positioned in. Strengthening partnerships among neighbors, residents, other small business owners, community leaders and even schools by offering social and economic relationships. Many emerging designers also support local causes by donating products to charity auctions and events, creating even more good within a community.
Finally, consider that small businesses do not always stay small – such as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Rachel Zoe, and many other American designers. All began as just dreams filled with a tremendous amount of hard work, long days, and tired nights, and today, they are among the most recognized brands in our country. Yet while most small business owners will not see this type of growth, their value to our economy and more specifically – your local economy – are just as important.
The Dallas chapter of Fashion Group International, FGI, has 18 selected “Rising Stars” who make us all shine brighter. We’re honoring them with awards for Fashion, Accessories, Art, Make-Up Artist, Photography, and Interior Design. So join me, and FGIDallas, for an evening’s celebration:
The FGI “Rising Star” Awards to be held on Tuesday, March 8th, in the Dallas Galleria, where we’ll be recognizing emerging talent in fashion and design industries.
This year, we’ve selected 18 nominees who will compete for the Rising Star award in six categories…
- MAKE-UP ARTIST
- INTERIOR DESIGN
Get your ticket TODAY! The #RisingStars is always a sell-out event for FGI Dallas because these folks are “… gonna hit the big time. Gonna be a big star someday.“