Featured Babes on Bocce designer {Aura Lavender}

Designer Interview: Aura Lavender

Questions asked by Brandi Shigley | Fashion Denver

1. What one memory do you remember that sparked your interest in the fashion world?

When I was 5, my mom taught me to sew by hand for the first time and, I made clothing for my tiny dolls. It kept me busy in my bedroom after school for years. Eventually I gave my dolls and everything to my nieces.

2. What is the mission of your business?

Aura Lavender with broccoliandcrystals

The main mission of Broccoliandcrystals is to provide vegan options for our wardrobes. I also design the clothes in such a way that focuses on the color therapy aspect of clothing. Of course, I’m really passionate about the cruelty free aspect too, like including vegan furs. Recently I’m working on adding an ADD/ADHD focused shopping experience to the mix since those with ADD/ADHD brains work slightly differently but also very creatively. Although Broccoliandcrystals clothing is really for anyone who wants to put color in their wardrobe with classy silhouettes or some that are Avant Garde silhouettes, knowing its vegan.


3. What do you think of our fashion community in Colorado?

I think the fashion community in Colorado is perfect. It’s just finally starting to blossom and it is here to stay as a perennial. If the Denver Fashion industry was a plant, I’d say it finally got to the point where the roots are well established, the leaves have grown and the buds are ready to blossom in fertile soil. It’s a great time to establish your-self and the only competition is your-self. There are plenty of people willing to collaborate, trade for services and get paid for their work, yet not at a ridiculous price; since everyone is trying to find their style, path and go-to contacts. It’s an inspiring place to work and be your own boss. There’s no one to intimidate you and say you’re not good enough. 

5790846_orig4. Describe your style, both personally, and in what you are designing.

With Broccoliandcrystals I tend to design classy silhouettes with focus on colors (monochromatic, color blocking, minimalist) and some Avant Garde silhouettes. I like designing something that will last and the seams don’t bug the wearer. Then I throw in a few surprises like vegan fur dresses.

When it comes to adding jewelry on the runways/photo shoots , I do not include that much jewelry or none at all. Maybe it’s because I am still looking for the right kind of jewelry or because I barely wear jewelry myself. But I think the less fuss, the more awe but, things can change anytime. 

Personally my style has evolved every year. I’ve tried many ‘style personas’ throughout the years. However since I need to keep dressing up simple, I stick to textures, solid colors and, silhouettes. On weaved fabrics, my favorite prints are floral and, spiritual indie prints in small doses. Sometimes I like stripes. But when it comes to anything knit or crochet, that’s where I go crazy with patterns.

5. 3 things if stranded on an island?

Pack of veggie seeds, pack of flower seeds, and a mix pack for berry bushes. Good to go. Unless there’s vegetation already there, hopefully the island is not just a bunch of sand or I need to grow sea vegetables. 

Links to social media and websites:

Etsy www.broccoliandcrystals.etsy.com

Blog www.broccoliandcrystals.weebly.com

Website www.broccoliandcrystals.com

Portfolio www.auralavender.crevado.com

Instagram (personal) www.instagram.com/auralavender

Instagram (business) www.instagram.com/broccoliandcrystals

Facebook www.facebook.com/broccoliandcrystals

Pinterest www.pinterest.com/auralavender

Twitter www.twitter.com/theauralavender

Youtube Channel Broccoliandcrystals

Featured Babes on Bocce Salon {Flaunt}

For our September 5th mini fashion market at Illegal Pete’s, we are thrilled to team up with Flaunt Salon who will be doing the hair and makeup for our 2 fashion shows that are taking place on the bocce court on the patio at 5 & 8.

Flaunt Salon

Personally, I’m very excited to work with Flaunt Salon as it is co-owned by one of my childhood friends and neighbors Jennifer Satterfield Armand. We have known each other since 1984 and it is so much fun to be able to work with each other in our adult life, all grown up! Jenn and her husband Andrew own Flaunt, located at 2219 Larimer.

For all of our Fashion Denver friends, Flaunt Salon is offering a 20% discount on ALL SERVICES, when you mention “Fashion Denver”


What one memory do you remember that sparked your interest in the fashion world? 

I’ve always loved Vogue Magazine and  loved the look of Lauren Bacall and Stevie Nicks in my younger years. My first fashion MUST HAVE was definitely GUESS jeans!

What is the mission of your business?  

To make people look and feel beautiful! We have always wanted to provide a “Cheers” like atmosphere for our staff and clientele. A place you always look forward to coming to EVEN IF YOU DONT HAVE AN APPOINTMENT!

What do you think of our fashion community in Colorado? 

I adore our fashion community. I have been blessed to k ow some amazing local fashion and accessory designers. We love to support their passion and drive! 

Describe your style, both personally, and in what you are designing.

I love eclectic looks…

3 things if stranded on an island? 

My family, a good book, and my favorite lipstick! 

Apparel manufacturing summit


This event will be very informative to those ready to take things to the next level! The objective is to connect apparel and sewn-product brands of all sizes with resources and solutions across the supply chain that reduce or eliminate barriers to growth.

For more information, and to purchase your ticket, follow this link!




Featured Babes on Bocce designer {R.Lee}

September 5th, Fashion Denver will hold our mini end of summer market Babes on Bocce at Illegal Pete’s! We are excited to have R. Lee at this market! She is knew to the Fashion Denver scene and

Plaid dress: Bridgette Halter $185 available in S-M

1) What one memory do you remember that sparked your interest in the fashion world? 

My first visit to San Francisco when I was a 6th grader. It wasn’t fashion in particular but it was Art as a whole. Through the years my love of creating kept growing and by the time I was 16 yrs old I wanted to be a designer.

IMG_20150822_1940102) What is the mission of your business?  

Our mission at R. Lee is to create and give you an experience like no other in feeling beautiful and finding your style. Buy one of kind garments straight off the runway , limited edition garments or special order a custom garment especially made for you. Everything is designed and made here in Denver, Colorado by myself or my team. We put our hearts into each garment and feel they tell a story while you wear it. Share our story and most of all, share your story with others by choosing to wear R. Lee.

Dress with Coral Jacket: Bustier dress $185 available in 6 & 10

 3) What do you think of our fashion community in Colorado?

Honestly I am new to the independent designer or what most would refer to the as the fashion community here in Denver. I have lived here in Denver for 3 years but have been immersed in the corporate side of design working for Roper Apparel and doing Freelance. I haven’t really had time to really form any opinions of the Denver Fashion Community, however I am excited to start this new relationship with Denver. 

4) Describe your style, both personally, and in what you are designing.

My own style is eclectic but roots in classic, sporty with a dash of boho.

When I design I lean more towards classic silhouettes but I really love to experiment with color and patterns. I don’t believe clothes should be fussy, my designs are clean and easy to wear and mix well with any wardrobe. I am never overly trendy in my design process because I don’t believe in throw away fashions/fast fashion. I love the idea of investing in a wardrobe and want my customers to feel like they are investing in me as well as themselves when choosing to wear R. Lee.

 5) 3 things if stranded on an island? 

I would need my dog Tulsa first and foremost. Second I would want a Bible and lastly  I guess I would want bug repellent/sunscreen.

Where can we find your designs? 

Win Tickets to the Higher Ground Music Festival

Higher Ground Music Festival

Since Fashion Denver has moved into Green Spaces, we have been able to interact with such amazing individuals and businesses, one of them being the Higher Ground Music Festival crew!

Higher Ground Music Festival
This is my view of their HQ from the FDHQ

The Higher Ground Music Festival will take place in the RINO district (where our office is) and will feature local and national acts for a three day, action packed music festival of fun starting tomorrow!

We are honored to be giving away 1 set of VIP tickets to this event and some single day event tickets! To win tickets, follow us on facebook and get clued in on how to win!




Blackberry Maverick Opens new design studio

Blackberry Maverick Grand Opening
Thursday, August 20th
2785 N. Speer Blvd #05
Denver, Co. 80211

Blackberry MaverickThe time has finally come! Blackberry Maverick is ready to bust open the doors of our new commercial design studio in Denver! Come see where all the sewing, painting and creative magic happens.

This is a cocktail fashion event so put on the Ritz!

While you’re at the event grab a swag bag with a coupon for 25% off a custom piece or a dress from our current collection!

  • Lounge in the hookah pit.
  • Enjoy creative appetizers by Justin Castor
  • Select cocktails provided
  • On site photographer and Logo backdrop
  • Fire dancers and other entertainment

“We are Blackberry Maverick and we “take the retro woman to the edge” by merging the Classic Betty & the Unpredictable Fox. An unprecedented combination that brings together Lexis love of the vintage 50’s and Leslies bold, edgy force of the 80’s- with a modern twist. We are a woman’s apparel brand creating fashion for the fearless female.”

Baker-front_grandeThe gamine blonde (Leslie Robertson) grew from a weirdly dressed outcast to a feature on the Today Show, Time Magazine and fashion celebrity at Colorado College. The fiery redhead (Lexi Raney) grew from an imaginative kid nicknamed “bobbins” to a graduate from FIDM fashion school in San Francisco.

They met,  got lost in their own world of conversation finishing each others sentences and sketching the same designs. They knew they were each others yin and yang, with that Blackberry Maverick was born.

For more information, visit http://blackberrymaverick.com

CALL OUT FOR DESIGNERS: Fashion Denver Summer Market!

Fashion Denver Sizzles
A Fashion Denver Mini Fashion Market
Illegal Pete’s
270 South Broadway
Saturday, September 5th 2015

Fashion Denver and Illegal Pete's

We are so excited to partner up with Illegal Pete’s on South Broadway to bring a mini fashion market featuring 12 Colorado designers and fashion businesses to this hip and fun community full of burritos, beverages, and lots of summer fun!

We’ll feature 2 fashion shows at 5pm and 7pm on the bocci court at Illegal Pete’s! This is going to be so much fun!!

If you aren’t familiar with Illegal Pete’s, visit their website. Besides being a fun restaurant and bar they really do an amazing job of supporting the arts and music community.. and now FASHION!

Fill out the application and get in on the fun. SPACE IS LIMITED!

What’s sew special about Fashion Camp?

Saturday, July 25th
Green Spaces 26th and Walnut
Register here: 

I remember a time in my life, when Barbies were my all time favorite toy. Any store I went to, I’d look for the toy isle searching for the new addition to my Barbie family. There was one thing that made the decision of who would stay and who would be purchased: their outfits. Suddenly, it hit me, Barbies clothes could be made by staples, glue, and old clothes I was too big to fit.barbie

From this moment on, my creative spark began to flow inspiring me to design my own pieces of clothing and jewelry. My experience, has taught me creative expression starts at a very young age.

Kids now a days, I feel, aren’t given opportunities to put their minds to work through physical exercises. With this age of constantly growing technology, kids are focused more on things built in devices instead of progressing in the world around them.  Ages 7 to 11 is a very pivotal time in a child’s life. They begin to experiment with the idea of what their future will hold, create dreams of a life expanded outside of reality, take on new adventures like making friends and understanding what their interest are.

Fashion camp is a perfect place to bring your 7 to 11 year old to have a hands- on- day of creative expression. Boys AND girls welcome, Fashion camp is designed completely around the children’s interest of what looks best to them. A judgement free zone, Fashion camp will be a jam packed day full of designing outfits for your favorite doll, styling their friends in clothes donated from  a local children consignment shop, creating their own paper bag/ purse, and manage a photo shoot of their partner of which they have dressed themselves. glaseess_thumb

Who could say no to a  rich five hour learning experience. Get your kids out into the world and let them encounter the world they want to create.

Supporting Colorado designers since 2004 through production of fashion markets, fashion shows, and business development

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