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Future Frontiers: Crossing the Boundaries of Innovation & Design.

Updated: Mar 25

January 10th 2020

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Missed the event? No worries! A live video recording is now available!

Hello There! We have been basking in the after glow of our DWP event Future Frontiers event! Didn't get to attend? We have put together a photo recap just for fun! Included is information about our panelists and exhibitors. We had so much fun, were so excited about the turn-out, the panel talk and the great time connecting with the community!

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Early afternoon, models and team of hair and make-up experts overtook our studio as the staging area. Notice Kevin Balmer, our videographer in the background....stay tuned for his mini-doc Future Frontiers in the works!

future frontiers models on a sidewalk

Before the event, Photographer Tom Lupton captured the designers & models in the Pearl District, Portland. Jackets and Dress by Asher Levine

asher levine & models posing wearing leather jackets

Asher Levine, recently relocated from NYC to LA, joined us to share his talents and expertise! To hear his journey from sewing as a kid to making custom designs for celebrities, check back for our mini-documentary, coming soon!

Edward Harber; award winning designer shared his futuristic one-of-a-kind laser cut and leather molded dresses. To learn more visit:

edward harber along with his models

Billie Whitehouse founder of WearableX flew in to be our guest. We enjoyed hearing her share her tech knowledge, experiences and funny stories (and in her great Australian accent!)

billie whitehouse and her wearablex collection

Cocktails, Exhibit and Networking!

designers in a convention

Included in the exhibit was student work from Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, T.Y.E. Program, Portland State University and De Tao Master Academy, Shanghai

Oregon college of arts and craft, T.Y.E students modeling their work

Troy Hankins from Indicate Technologies showing 3D printing technology

Troy Hankins from Indicate Technologies showing 3D printing technology

Francis Bitonti, from Studio Bitonti also joined us. A trained Architect, turned designer and futurist, says the design process is a collaboration with artificial intelligence. Based in Brooklyn, Francis came to Portland to share his point of view on the future of design.

francis bitonti

Lion Heart Coffee kept us all buzzing with delicious caffeinated beverages! Wanting to try some yourself? Visit here to find locations

lion heart coffee

A feast! Provided by The Night Wood Society; A women owned collective puts a new spin on catering.

the night wood society feast

Drau Sketchbook Series; looking for a way to capture quick apparel and footwear ideas? Grab one of these at booth

Just a little mixing and mingling

designers mingling with eachother

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Ice cream & alcohol? Who knew? Two Birds vodka infused ice cream- dangerously delicious! Created right here in Portland! Visit: www.twobirdsicecream

two birds spirited ice cream

Two Birds vodka infused ice cream.

Systems of Motion London. A brand created by Prabha Rathinasabapathy. London raised, and now Portland based Founder and CEO. To see her brilliant brand, visit:

somo london booth

somo london apparel

Jim Chi, Asher Levine, Billie Whitehouse, Francis Bitonti & Todd Harple

Jim Chi, Asher Levine, Billie Whitehouse, Francis Bitonti & Todd Harple

Thank you to our guests who flew in, our moderators, planning committee and volunteers!

fashion convention guests and volunteers

Here at Inside Fashion Design our vision is to connect makers, educators and brands; to get in touch, reach out anytime to We love hearing from you. Blessings, Britta

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Thank you for stopping by! For more on this event click the link below. Asher Levine: Spotlight on Designer Asher Levine


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