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  • FW MN Spring 2024 is returning to the Twin Cities in full bloom April 14th-20th!

    Hello Readers! Being initially from Minnesota, I get excited every spring to see what's happening for FWMN! I am pleased to share their most recent press release and that Inside Fashion Design will be on-site to catch the captivating moments from the runway and events! Stay tuned for our follow up reports after the show! I am also pleased to hear that their ethos fosters financial sustainability, enriches their local fashion ecosystem, and placing priority on supporting designers. FW MN Spring 2024 is returning to the Twin Cities in full bloom April 14th-20th! Below, you will learn 6 ways Fashion Week MN is committed to placing designers at the heart of their endeavors, acknowledging them as the driving force behind our event. Fashion Week MN is committed to placing designers at the heart of our endeavors, acknowledging them as the driving force behind our event. March 25, 2024 - (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) – Fashion Week MN (FWMN) is thrilled to announce that FWMN Spring 2024 is returning to the Twin Cities in full bloom April 14th-20th. In the area? Join in to support the local design industry! For tickets and more details on Fashion Week MN, please visit Bringing a new approach for the 2024 season, FWMN is pleased to introduce a new model designed to foster financial sustainability and enrich our local fashion ecosystem. This year, we are taking significant strides to reimagine FWMN, centering our efforts on uplifting designers and local small design and fashion businesses. Our commitment to this ethos is a testament to our dedication in supporting the vibrant talent within our community and providing a platform for emerging voices in the fashion industry. Check out MSP Magazines Guide to MN Fashion Week In a bold move towards creating a more prosperous future for all involved, FWMN is proud to unveil the "All Boats Rise" model. This new approach is aimed at cultivating a more profitable and sustainable environment for designers, producers, models and all stakeholders, ensuring that FWMN continues to thrive and expand in the years to come. Additionally, we are delighted to announce that Haus of Sonder will be stepping in as the executive producer of FWMN. This strategic partnership will allow for more direct oversight and ensure a consistent and high-quality experience across all shows, from the front to the back of the house, including attendees, models, and sponsors. A cornerstone of our new model is our unwavering commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). DEI principles will be intricately woven into every aspect of FWMN, from the runway to behind the scenes, ensuring our shows are a true reflection of the diversity and richness of our community. We look forward to a future that is not only financially sustainable but also inclusively represents the best of what our community has to offer. "Sarah Edwards Founder & Producer" All Fashion Week MN event spaces have been generously donated in kind. Unique new venues this season include The Lowlands, The Luminaire and Star Bar + Bistro. Returning venue partners include Glass House, Machine Shop and Hutton House. Fashion Week MN sponsors include  Citizen-T, Stephanie Dillon, Luther Jaguar Land Rover Minneapolis, MLLW, Tyler Street Stacks, Bader Companies, Media Bridge, iHeart,Outfront Media, Cleopatra's Envy | Makeup Academy, Fox Den Salon,   Haus Salon,   Sweetgreen and  Prairie Organic Spirits. Fashion Week MN aims to create a vibrant and inclusive platform that celebrates and elevates the artistry of local and emerging fashion designers. We are dedicated to fostering a community that centers and supports designers, offering them a stage to showcase their talent, creativity, and unique perspectives. Through collaborative and empowering initiatives, we strive to unite fashion enthusiasts and industry professionals in celebrating the diversity and innovation of our local design scene. Fashion Week MN is the fiercest advocate for designers, where their creativity takes center stage. We aspire to build an inclusive and sustainable fashion ecosystem that empowers designers, bolsters their careers, and embraces the rich tapestry of voices within our local fashion community. By fostering connections, fostering innovation, and celebrating the ever-evolving world of design, we aim to inspire, uplift, and redefine the future of fashion in Minnesota. Fashion Week MN is committed to placing designers at the heart of our endeavors, acknowledging them as the driving force behind our event. We will achieve this by: Amplifying Designer Voices: We will provide designers with a prominent and inclusive platform to express their creativity and unique perspectives, allowing them to shine in the spotlight they deserve. Supporting Emerging Talent: We will actively support emerging designers through mentorship, resources, and opportunities, ensuring that the next generation of fashion creators can thrive. Diversity and Inclusion: We will prioritize diversity and inclusion, championing designers from all backgrounds and promoting an environment where every voice is heard and celebrated. Collaboration and Community: We will encourage collaboration among designers, artists, and industry professionals to foster, fostering a sense of community that strengthens and inspires all participants. Sustainability and Responsibility: We will promote ethical and sustainable practices in the fashion industry, encouraging designers to embrace responsible design and production methods. Innovation and Evolution:  We will adapt, learn, and grow alongside the fashion industry, pushing boundaries and continuously redefining what Fashion Week MN represents. With this guiding ethos, we aim to create an event that truly centers the designers, while also engaging and exciting the broader community of fashion enthusiasts and industry professionals who appreciate their craft. Fashion Week MN will be a beacon of inspiration and support for our local fashion scene, striving to lead the way in celebrating the art of design. In line with our commitment to centering designers and advancing our new ethos, Haus of Sonder will be the Executive Producer of Fashion Week MN. With a rich history of championing design, innovation, and inclusivity, Haus of Sonder brings a fresh perspective and expertise to the event, ensuring a future that aligns seamlessly with our vision for Fashion Week MN. Haus of Sonder's dedication to excellence and their unwavering support for emerging talents will play a pivotal role in nurturing and celebrating our local design community. Our vast experience in fashion event production and commitment to diversity, sustainability, and responsible practices will be integral in shaping a Fashion Week MN that truly centers the designers. Under the leadership of Haus of Sonder, Fashion Week MN will continue to evolve, inspire, and provide an even more vibrant and inclusive platform for designers to flourish. The Fashion Week MN Management team includes Sarah Edwards, CEOand Co-founder, Sade Young Social Media and Content Manager, Annie Clark Event Producer and Charlie Crocker, Senior Brand Manager, all with extensive experience and expertise in their respective areas of focus. The full Fashion Week MN: Spring 2024 Official Lineup includes: Sunday, April 14 Fashion Week Minnesota and Producer Keiona Cook of Lovely’s Sewing & Arts Collective present I AM Fabulous - a captivating Paris themed afternoon that celebrates models aged 60 and above. Witness the grace of these stunning women and dapper gentlemen as they strut the runway at Hutton House. Designers include: J Hillburn North Loop, TPPX (The Poncho Palace Xchange) TAAS Designer Studio, AJ Store, Twin Cities Frocktails, Jean Manrique Fiber Arts, NKHLE, Te La Vie Collection, Natoya Doulatt, Jordan Marie Brands, Pieces of Kandkaes and Nashipai. (Venue: Hutton House. Doors open at 11 am for a social house and vendor shopping with the runway show at 12:00 pm followed by pop up shopping until 1:30 pm. Tickets are available here.) Tuesday, April 16 Danielle Everine presents: Into the Studio: Sustainable Style, A Fashion Revolution - a vibrant runway show of the latest collections from local Minnesota designers. Each collection utilizes different aspects of the slow fashion movement: from using natural, organic, and recycled materials to featuring ethical and fair-trade production processes. Meet the designers who will share insights into their design process and the inspiration behind their sustainable practices. Into The Studio is part of the larger Fashion Revolution Week, which is a global movement dedicated to raising awareness about the true cost of fashion and promoting more sustainable and ethical fashion practices. They believe that fashion can be beautiful, innovative, and sustainable, and are excited to share their vision. Shop pieces right off the runway and take them home with you. The designers will also be accepting orders from wholesale buyers interested in sourcing sustainable and eco-friendly clothing and accessories. Featured designers include: Danielle Everine, Fridays, WAY the Label, Rebekah Anne, Lily Turner, Ellekin, INDIGO & SNOW, Jen Beaupre Designs, Orinlaen, JosephineDenae, Chosen & Free and Crayon Kelly. (Venue: Machine Shop. Doors open at 6:00 pm with the runway show at 7:00 pm and pop-up shopping before and after the runway show. Tickets are available here.) Wednesday, April 17 Golden Magazine presents Golden Era: Revival - an ornate runway show inspired by the golden era of designer fashion houses. Utilizing vintage and thrifted pieces only, we aim to encapsulate the essence and style of iconic brands such as vintage Chanel, Dior and Maison Margiela. Step into a realm of timeless elegance and boundless creativity with an enchanting journey through the Golden Archives of fashion history. Presented by a University student led fashion magazine, this immersive event invites you to rediscover the magic of vintage fashion and celebrate the enduring allure of iconic designs from fashion's most illustrious eras. Golden Revival is a celebration of fashion's most treasured moments, curated to honor the timeless beauty and innovation of vintage design. Inspired by the rich heritage of legendary fashion houses, this event promises an unforgettable experience that seamlessly merges the past with the present. Journey Through Time: Embark on a captivating journey through the Golden Archives of fashion with a twist, where every garment tells a story of elegance, sophistication, and creativity through the eyes of local creative. Vintage Market: Immerse yourself in the world of vintage fashion with interactive exhibits and displays, offering insights into the craftsmanship, innovation, and historical significance of each showcased piece which you will be able to shop some of your favorite looks of the night. Designers include: Dusted Archive, Madeline Madden, Back Pocket Vintage, Vintage Rack, Better Together, Maker! Jeans & Apparel, SMR Thrift, RETHINK by Kristen McCoy. (Venue: The Lowlands. Doors open at 6:00 pm with the runway show at 7:00 pm and the Vintage Market available to shop before and after the runway show. Tickets are available here.) Thursday, April 18 Gayle Smaller Jr presents MAN DOWN: The Green Edition - an all-menswear runway show using fashion as a vehicle to bring awareness to men's mental health.Every 6 out of 10 men have experienced or will experience at least one trauma in their lives. MAN DOWN is partnering with local nonprofit and community organizations in an effort to bring awareness and raise funds in support of men's mental health, MAN DOWN will spotlight designer's menswear collections as well as male and masc presenting models. Designers include: Andy Vilaisak, SENTI Designs, Alex Bah, TheMe Clothing Brand, Leo Spry, Anyse Fashion, Dare to Darling, Altelier Creative, Leather and Velvet, Lost Adventures, Jordan Carpenter Fashion, Ria Ann Designs, Black Beauty 6, Ndara’s Jewels. Mental health partners include Reviving Roots, Creative Kuponya, NAMI Minnesota, The Family Partnership and Sigma Lambda Beta – Alpha Beta Chapter. (Venue: The Luminaire. Doors open at 5:00 pm, enjoy Pop Up Shopping and Resource Fair until 6:00 with the fashion show at 6:15 pm. Tickets are available here.) Friday, April 19 La Rotonde is an immersive runway experience that celebrates the collaboration of young and emerging artists in Minnesota. The name draws inspiration from a historic café in Paris where famous artists would gather in the 1920s. La Rotonde replicates this experience on the runway by inviting four artists of varying mediums to collaborate with eleven fashion designers. Designers include: Afro Curvy, AmazoniaElisabeth, AnnMonica, DinhVWY, DesignZolasina, BrandJULI et LEE, gracecassidy, Erin Briggs, CreativeDare to Darling, Olivia Bergerson and Celestial Supreme. (Venue: Glass House, Doors open at 6:00 pm for pop up shopping with the runway show at 7:30. pm. Tickets are available here) Saturday, April 20 The Fitting Room presents Evolve - the finale event of Fashion Week Minnesota celebrating local up and coming and established designers as they present their spring collections on the runway and in our pop-up. Featured Designers include: Danielle Everine, Cece Cabana, Strey Designs, Tomaschya, Joeleen Torvick, 1004 Designs, Wet by Bre, Scott J Lehmann, Van Quigg, James Reilly, Ema, Rebekah Anne, Tila and the Textiles, Moongold Goods, Alma Mia, Karen Morris Millinery, Lindsey Ries Studio, SHExclusive, J Lux Jewelry, El and Gray Jewelry, Dottir, PPTaller, Vikse Designs, Gina Mount Jewelr, Amy Sabatier Designs, 3jag design and Huxley Eyewear. Music by Ringtoss Twins. (Venue: Star Bar + Bistro. Doors open at 6:30 for pop up shopping with the runway show at 7:45 pm. Jungle Lounge VIP Champagne Room includes access to the pop-up starting at 6:30 pm, a champagne toast and a seat in the VIP Jungle room. Tickets are available here.) For tickets and more details on Fashion Week MN, please visit For all press inquiries, please contact: Natalie Auger, VimLab PR,, 612.229.8522. Thanks for reading today! Follow us!

  • Want To Help Us Celebrate? Party With Inside Fashion Design!!!!

    Hey, fabulous Conscious Fashion Friends! Can you believe it? Inside fashion Design is celebrating its seventh year! Oh, what a journey it's been – filled with more inspiration, insights, community connections, and stylish surprises than we ever imagined! Join us celebrating our anniversary! From the bottom of my heart, I am grateful for the chance to dedicate my time to my passion and shape the future of IFD and what we can bring to you. None of this would be possible without the endless love and support from the fantastic design community. Sure, being an entrepreneur in the fashion world has its share of challenges, but let me tell you, the thrill of providing you with fresh, insightful content all year round? That's what keeps me going and has become My Big Purpose! Whether exploring sustainable fashion, chatting with up-and-coming designers, or exploring the latest in fashion tech, career tips, and ethical design, we're all about keeping you informed, inspired, and empowered to shape your Conscious Fashion future! As we toast this milestone, I want to give our loyal readers and supporters a big shoutout. You guys are the true VIPs, and we're committed to serving up even more valuable content that fuels & supports your fashion journey! Have ideas and suggestions? We welcome them! Leave us a comment or send a note- we are always on the look out for emerging designer stories, industry tools and resources and career features. Let's keep the party going by walking down memory lane. Do you have a favorite IFD moment? Let us know with a comment on our social media or in comments below. What's fashion without a little shared love and shoutouts? We are curious what has resonated with you the most! A trip down memory lane! Are you in the Portland area? We are celebrating in person! Join us for an evening of fun and comradery! Free and open to all. And speaking of fabulous gatherings, who's ready for some Community Conversations? Last year's series was a blast, and we're gearing up for an even bigger and bolder lineup in 2024! Trust me, you will want to join us! Join us each week- by treating yourself to a 30 minute break to get inspired and connect! Mark your calendars for May 9th, when we kick things off with the incredible Anna Cosentino. Grab your latte or lunch because we're in for 30 minutes of inspiration, insider insights, and killer connections to brighten your day. Let me tell you a little about our featured guest, Anna. She's a true powerhouse – think producer, creative director, curator, branding whiz, and all-around fashion guru. With a resume that reads like a who's who of the fashion elite, she's here to spill the tea on how you can find Your Big Purpose in the fashion world and living your values like the style superstar you are! So, whether you're a seasoned pro or a fresh face in the fashion scene, join us for an inspirational chat with Anna. It's free, fabulous, and open to everyone ready to take their fashion game to the next level! Oh, and remember to shower us with some birthday love! Share your favorite ifd moments on social media or drop us a comment – because there's nothing we love more than hearing from our fierce fashion community!! Here's to seven years of learning, growing, connecting, and having lots of fun along the way! Cheers conscious fashion friends! 🥂✨ Check out some Previous Community Conversations Watch this session and others here Here's to another great year!! Thanks for reading today! We appreciate you!! Have story suggestions or questions?  Reach out to let us know Know someone who would like this article?  Please share! Follow us on:

  • Earth Day Toolkit: How To Sustainably Shop For Your Clothes

    With Earthday this month, we are sharing some wonderful toolkits from website relating to fashion and steps you can follow to help the planet. Find the link below to this toolkit and many others that will inspire you to do your part for the planet! About: EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet. "How we shop and care for our clothing are easy ways to reduce our carbon footprint and protect our planet’s soil, fresh waters, and oceans." Find the ToolKit here: Simple Tips to fill an environmentally-friendly closet with a wardrobe that looks great and lasts a long time

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  • Values to Profit Action Guide

    How to Use Your Action Guide You’ll get the best results from any course you participate in by completing the Action Steps at the end of each module. They will help you apply what you learn directly to your business and your life, maximizing the investment you’re making. Use the following Action Guide to record your answers, insights, and other notes for the Action Steps, which are outlined in your Course Book. You’ll want to refer to each module’s content as you complete the related steps. While we have left space in the guide for each action step, you may feel more comfortable using a separate notebook or digital application for your work. Use whatever method you feel most comfortable with and don’t feel constrained to using the space in the Action Guide alone. In addition, your course may have other Action Sheets, such as spreadsheets or planning templates, which are separate from the guide. Look out for those with your other course materials. Finally, you don’t have to complete all the steps at once. Instead, try setting a specific time on your calendar to work on them. And don’t feel that you have to get it right the first time. Learning is a process that happens as you apply your new skills and knowledge. You’ll want to return periodically to your Action Guide and both remind yourself of the work you’ve achieved and edit your answers as you see their impact. Have fun with it and enjoy the progress and successes that will happen as a result of your work!

  • Top 10 Best Practices & Mistakes to Avoid

    Top 10 Best Practices Take the time you need to identify and refine your core values because they're critical to every aspect of your business. Communicate your core values to your customers explicitly on your About page and other points of contact with them. Get your employees involved in the process of identifying and defining your core values. Take your personal values as inspiration for your professional values; they're often very similar. Seek your customers' opinions and use this feedback to determine whether or not you're living up to your core values. Carefully screen applicants during the hiring process to find those who already adhere to your company's values. Check all of your business's operational protocols against your core values to make sure they adhere. Read the core values of the brands and companies you are inspired by to get ideas for your own. Define your values in language that's as specific as possible. Emphasize the values that set your company apart from your competition. Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid Neglecting the issue of core values. These values are critical to a business's success, so they need to be carefully considered. Using slogans as core values. Each value should be real and meaningful. Creating core values that aren't practiced. Each of your core values should be at the foundation of your company's day-to-day operations. Assuming you're getting through to your customers. Gain customer feedback to help you see whether you're communicating your values effectively or not. Creating core values based on trends. Trends come and go but core values are constant. Acting inconsistently with your values. Once you've identified your values, make sure that every aspect of your business adheres to them. Defining values with vague language. Make the language as specific as possible. Borrowing ideas from other companies. Your core values set your company apart from your competition, so make them unique. Choosing core values that describe rather than define. Your values shouldn't be simply a description of what your business does, but rather what is important to you and your mission. Betraying your personal values. The core values of a company nearly always reflect the personal values of its leader or founder.

  • From Values to Profit for Success Workbook Bundle

    Want this course at 50% off? Available through our community platform where you'll gain access to resources, tools, tips, industry connections and discounted learning. Visit: This workbook will explore the steps you can take to uncover your core values, from examining your life experiences and priorities to identifying your strengths and passions. By following these steps, you can better understand who you are, what you stand for, and what matters most to you personally & professionally, empowering you to live a more fulfilling and purpose-driven life. Strong core values are the glue that holds together a business and allows it to thrive in day-to-day circumstances and stay true to its unique mission. They lie at the heart of its business model and affect every area of its operation. It's no exaggeration to say that they can be the key to whether the business succeeds or fails. What you will discover: Module 1 - The What & Why of Core Business Values Module 2 - What Do Core Values Look Like? Module 3 - Identify Your Personal Values Module 4 - Identify the Values That Will Drive Your Business Module 5 – Put Your Core Business Values Into Action Every business needs to identify its core business values and make sure they're reflected in every aspect of its operation. Doing this offers a wide range of benefits that includes better branding, improved customer service, and a business that’s run more effectively.

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