Broccoli and Burritos

IMG_6971We’ve had quite the morning here at Fashion Denver, from singing in a garden of fruits and vegetables about broccoli and friendship, to sharing donuts, burritos, and kind words with the lovely Natalia (pictured below in the center) and Peter of UPS. This is what community is all about!



Chloe Groom Joins The Team (that’s me!)

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Greetings! I’m Chloe Marion Groom (yes like a Bride and a Groom)

I was born in Redwood City, California but home is in Aspen, Colorado.  I am currently in my last quarter of college at the University of Denver pursuing my Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and Marketing.

The next thing you may be wondering is what my plans are for after graduation. Well that’s a great question and I’ve actually been wondering the same exact thing lately. What I do know is that I’ve never taken a traditional path in life. I took a year off after high school to do community service in the South Pacific for the first half of the year and later took a backpacking trip in Europe. I did my first year of college in New York City and ended up transferring to DU in the fall of 2013.

Apart from loving the outdoors, my dog Nigel, my friends and family, and the occasional Moscow Mule, I love fashion and here’s why: Straight from one of my favorite songs by Theophilus London I Stand Alone, and if you’ve heard this song before please sing it out loud right now: “The clothes don’t make the man, it’s the man that makes the clothes” this just says so much about fashion.  One of my many goals as Fashion Denver’s marketing/PR  intern is to not only join designers and fashion lovers together but to show the people of Denver why and how fashion is so much more than just clothes on a body, but rather a form of self-expression that can always bridge a gap between people. I want to explore the fashion world and meet the people that truly make the clothes that we fashion peeps love and have a kick ass time doing it!


Fall Internship at Fashion Denver

Fashion Denver InternshipsFashion Denver & our umbrella corporation B.23 Productions are seeking a position with our team for the fall semester. Internships are for school credit and experience only.

Application at the bottom of this page.

Marketing, public relations, and social media:

The internship will focus on Fashion Denver events as well as small business development with B.23 Productions’ clients.

From writing press releases to event planning production, to small business marketing campaigns and social media strategy, this internship will leave the student with tons of small business experience as well as connections in the fashion and creativity industry in Denver.

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Advanced Film Screening [The Intern]

September 22nd

Experience never gets old. See Robert DeNiro intern for an online fashion site at a special advance screening of THE INTERN on 9/22 in Denver! Visit and enter RSVP code: DenverIntern to download your complimentary passes. (Passes admit up to 2, while supplies last. Passes do not guarantee admission as theater is overbooked. ARRIVE EARLY!) #THEINTERN in theaters 9/25. 


In theaters Sept 25Rated PG-13

In “The Intern,” De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).


Babes on Bocce recap!

This past Saturday, Fashion Denver held our mini market Babes on Bocce at Illegal Pete’s S. Broadway location. This event featured CR LeeBroccoliAndCrystals, Mukee, and Haus with 3 different fashion shows held on the bocce ball court.  Flaunt Salon did the hair and makeup and we bad a ball! A bocce ball!!

Here are some photos that snapped at our event!

Babes on Bocce

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:





Instagram (personal)

Instagram (business)




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?


A visit with Thomas Paul Althaus {Canned Goods}

Canned Goods founder, Thomas Paul Althaus
Thomas Paul Althaus, brains behind Canned Goods.

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure to spend time with Thomas Paul Althaus, brains behind Denver accessory company, Canned Goods. One thing that I’ve always noticed about Thomas is his absolutely positive energy that radiates to all that come in contact with him.

Canned Goods have been a staple in my wardrobe for over a year. As far as my wardrobe goes, I’m pretty simple, so I rely on my accessories to make outfits pop. And when I’m in Canned Goods, I feel glamorous! Upon further inspection of the fashionable pieces that he designs, one may be surprised to find out that they are all made with tin cans!

Learn about the Canned Goods story here from his interview on 9 News earlier this year!

Canned Goods can be found in boutiques all across the US and of course, in some of the best Denver boutiques too! The latest collection experiments with new shapes, cutouts, and even colors of tins. You can pair earrings with a a cuff and create a set, wear them separately, or even wear 2 different earrings (which I’ve done often)! Every piece of Canned Goods sold gives one can of food for each item purchased through the CAN DO GOOD program!



Canned Goods
Today, I’m wearing this little combo that I love by Canned Goods!

One of the things that I love about Canned Goods is how light and effortlessly they feel when worn! My ears don’t like heavy earrings, but these earrings make a statement and I hardly even know that I’m wearing them!

It was so much fun hanging out with Thomas! I learned about his career in fashion that spans several years, producing fashion events nationwide, and being part of a hair product company that grew by leaps and bounds and is a global company now.

We’re all lucky that his path lead to where he is now! He’s able to be be a stay-at-home dad while pursuing his passion with Canned Goods, all the while, making us look good!

For more information, visit and become a fan on facebook !

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