All posts by B. shigglesworth

Dreamer / Doer / Founder of Fashion Denver

Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair returns to Denver July 29th & 30th

Highlighting Over 150 Trendsetting Artisans From The Handmade Community.

July 29th & 30th, 2017
Fair Hours: 10am – 5pm
McNichols Building, Downtown Denver

The Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair announces the return of its summer fair, with over 150 curated booths to fill Downtown Denver’s McNichols Building.  This free and family friendly event returns to Denver from 10am to 5pm both Saturday, July 29th & Sunday, July 30th.  Jackalope offers attendees a perfect place to find a unique gift, grab a bite from a local food truck, and participate in DIY crafting workshops.   

In addition to the 150+ indie artisans that will be selling their wares, there will also be a live music on the front lawn of McNichols, as well as a full schedule of art focused workshops for attendees to take a dip into the DIY crafting world.  Artisans will be hosting creative workshops, allowing attendees to get a better idea of the craftsmanship that goes into the one-of-a-kind handmade goods and products found at the fair.  Workshops range from free to $35 and include all supplies to take home DIY creations.  There will be activities for all ages available throughout the weekend.

New to 2017, Jackalope will also be partnering with ArtReach and accepting donations to promote their programs and services.  “One of our main goals as an artisan fair was to create a free and open environment for anyone to be able to attend and learn more about handmade artistry and supporting small businesses.  ArtReach is similar in their mission and even takes it a step further,” Melissa Shipley, co-founder of Jackalope Arts.  ArtReach enhances lives within the community by providing access to arts and cultural experiences for people of all ages who would not otherwise have the opportunity.  The organization exists to ensure people who struggle with physical, mental, behavioral, or severe economic challenges have an opportunity to experience arts and culture.

Join Jackalope Arts on July 29th & 30th at Downtown Denver’s McNichols Building for a unique, curated shopping experience featuring the top trendsetting makers & designers of local goods.



Highlands Square Summer Sidewalk Sale
Friday, June 28 – Sunday, July 30, 2017
Highlands Square, 32nd Ave. and Lowell

(participating retailers are located along 32nd Ave. from Julian St. to Perry St.)

Eleven Highlands Square Boutiques Join Together for Neighborhood-wide Sidewalk Sale

DENVER – With plenty of warm-weather days ahead, the Highlands Square Summer Sidewalk Sale is the perfect time to spruce up your summer wardrobe! This incredible mid-summer event features 11 vendors offering up to 70% off clothing and accessories, and other deals. Additionally, free sips and snacks will be served in stores all weekend long.

Dragon Fly participates in the Highland Square sidewalk sale
Dragon Fly participates in the Highland Square sidewalk sale

“This year we are relaunching our Summer Sidewalk Sale and we hope to make it an annual event in the years to come,” says Angie Vossler, manager of Ruby Jane Boutique. “The Highlands Square retailers love joining together for these types of events in which the entire neighborhood and visitors can enjoy everything we have to offer.” 

FEATURING: Deals on clothing and accessories from Rustic Thread, wordshop, Dragonfly Apparel, Kismet, 32nd West, Vert Beauty, Ruby Jane Boutique, Strut, Starlet and The Perfect Petal. 

The Highlands Square Summer Sidewalk Sale will be held July 28 – 30, 2017 and features 11 retailers offering up to 70% off discounts on summer apparel, along with free sips and snacks. 

Dragon Fly participates in the Highland Square sidewalk sale
Dragon Fly participates in the Highland Square sidewalk sale

For more information about the Summer Sidewalk Sale, visit

About Highlands Square

Situated just west of downtown, nestled along 32nd Avenue, Highlands Square features quaint architecture and a relaxed, family-friendly vibe. Locals and visitors can shop for everything from unique gifts to contemporary fashion to rare books, and foodies can choose from an assortment of varied cuisines, spanning the spectrum from casual dining to special occasions. A summer farmers market and seasonal events and activities ensure that there is always something to do! For a full list of Highlands Square businesses and details on upcoming events, visit

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Denver Design Week July 15th-21st

Denver Design Week

After a successful first year in 2016, Denver Design Week (DDW) is back July 15-21, 2017. DDW celebrates the region’s best architecture, interiors, brands, and technology with 30 thought-provoking events over the course of seven days in the Denver metro area. From intimate panel discussions with local experts to large keynote presentations by international design leaders to guided tours and interactive workshops, DDW showcases why Denver is a hotbed of design innovation. With dozens of Denver’s top creative minds leading sessions, DDW builds an understanding of the vital role design plays in our lives and increases public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design.

Many programs are crafted for Colorado’s creative community, but every design professional, student, and enthusiast is invited to participate. Tickets are on sale now at Daytime sessions are just $10; evening sessions and keynotes are $12 and the Launch Party is $15. Select evening events include bites and drinks. Monday and Wednesday daytime sessions take place at CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning, 1250 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202.

This is the initial schedule. We’ll be announcing more talks and tours soon.

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Call out for Condom Couture Fashion Show


October 7, 2017 at the Boulder JCC
Condom Couture: Ignite the Runway
A Fashion Revolution

Condom Couture is a runway show featuring condom-inspired fashions created by local designers and community members. This fabulous and fun annual event creatively promotes sexual and reproductive health while raising funds for Women’s Health programs and services through the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center. 

Interested in designing?

Fill out this form and email it to
Applications are considered on a first come, first serve basis.

Colorado Fitness Expo

Call out for designers and fashion fitness companies
Colorado State Fitness Expo
July 8th and 9th 2017
The Colorado Convention Center

Fashion Denver and Bradley Allen Apparel are excited to announce that we are partnering up with Jeff Wheeler Productions and The Colorado State Fitness Expo to create an experience that fuses fashion and fitness all in once place. Our focus will be to provide the opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and services on one central stage throughout the expo, giving brands further recognition and opening up opportunities for exposure to the fitness audience.

The Colorado State Fitness Expo will be the largest health and fitness expo to ever hit Colorado. Meet celebrities from all avenues of health and fitness. Highlights include Ninja Warrior, Pro MMA, Pro Boxing, Slackline, Parkour, Model Search, NPC Bodybuilding State Championships, Dance, Strongman, Powerlifting and much much more! Jeff Wheeler Productions anticipates 50K+ attendees at this exciting event!

From a business-to-business perspective, The Colorado State Fitness Expo wants to help you get in front of retailers and ahead of your competition by providing a venue that not only encourages relationship building, but helps create it for you. This is an opportunity for you to showcase your skills, product and your portfolio to buyers, distributors, and marketers of like-brands. Whether you want to get your brand in front of real players, or preview new product to potential customers, the Colorado State Fitness Expo wants to help!

Whether it’s participating in a group fashion show, having your own fashion show, or even doing a company demo, we want to make sure that you reach this amazing audience in a fun and effective way!

Bradley Allen Apparel
Bradley Allen Apparel at the Red Ball fashion show


Sizzlin’ 6 with Rachel Marie Hurst

Brandi Shigley and Rachel Marie Hurst in 2009 celebrating 10 years of being an entrepreneur.
Brandi Shigley and Rachel Marie Hurst in 2009 celebrating 10 years of being an entrepreneur.

Rachel Marie Hurst was one of our very first designers who was part of our Fashion Denver showroom back in 2008 and has been in our Fashion Denver family ever since then. It has been such a joy to watch Rachel’s fashion career grow and expand! Rachel has done several of our fashion markets over the years and to be able to have her at our 13th anniversary just makes me smile!!! 

Brandi Shigley in a Rachel Marie Hurst dress.
I wore this when I was hosting a red carpet event during the Denver Film Festival.

1) What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

I was first drawn to the architecture of my college campus and the art and mosaics that were on the walls.  They had such amazing colors and designs and that led to my love of prints and colors. 

2) What motivated you to start your own fashion business? 

I felt that I had a vision that I wanted to share with others and that could only be done as my own boss. I love telling my own stories through my designs and expressing myself to others through fashion and the creative process.

3) Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

There are so many amazing women out there that I admire for their fashion. Currently I am obsessed with Blake Lively and Zendaya. They both have a unique but cool girl feel that is also very feminine. I love that their clothing screams that yes they are women and yes they are strong, amazing and bold. 

Rachel Marie Hurst designs beautiful dresses for the woman who follows her dreams!
Rachel Marie Hurst designs beautiful dresses for the woman who follows her dreams!
Haley wears Rachel Marie Hurst. Photo by Nathan Leech-Proffer.
Haley wears Rachel Marie Hurst. Photo by Nathan Leech-Proffer.

4) What inspires your designs? 

the need to create clothing for women that chase after their dreams and defy societal norms, those women inspire me to create.

5) What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver? 

Denver is like family. We have our ups and downs, but I will always cherish our fashion community and love them no matter what.


Rachel Marie Hurst modeled by Maya
Rachel Marie Hurst modeled by Maya

6) What is one of your favorite pieces that you have ever designed and why? 

My favorite piece that I have designed is my floral print gown. The Print is perfection but the cut and just overall feel gives off a women in charge that is comfortable with her femininity and is sexy and bold. (Pictured)

7) 3 Things if stranded on an island? 

The practical person in me would say food, matches and water but the other person that doesn’t care, my alter ego, would say my computer with my sims game and a solar charging station of some sort lol. 

Featured anniversary designer: Idlewild Designs

Designer Tina Jolliffe of Idlewild Designs
Designer Tina Jolliffe of Idlewild Designs

I’ve known Tina Jolliffe, designer behind Idlewild Designs  for many years and have always been inspired by her style, kind soul, and talent. When we (Fashion Denver) opened up our first boutique on 11th and Cherokee, Tina was part of the growth of that and then eventually ended up taking over the space as her own studio, boutique and office.  Tina left Colorado for a little bit, but boy are we happy to have her back! I’m so excited to feature her designs at our 13th Anniversary. Get ready to get your #SummerDressGame on!!!

Let’s get to know Tina, shall we?

My first memory of fashion inspiration would probably be a combination of my Mother and Grandmother. When I was young my mother made all of my clothing, I always thought that was amazing! As I got older I would search through all my grandmothers closets and storage room for vintage clothing she was willing to part with. I would alter them to fit me, then soon after I was making my own creations because things I could buy in the stores were never 100%

What motivated me to start my own fashion business was this great girl who owned this cute shop in Sacramento CA while I lived there for an extremely short period of time. Maybe a month! It was this great little boutique that she repurposed vintage clothing. I was talking to her one day, I said how I wish I could have a shop like this one day and she just said “do it then” like it was so simple. But then one day I did, and that was rad!

Idlewild Designs at Fashion Denver's 13th Anniversary Bonanza
Idlewild Designs at Fashion Denver’s 13th Anniversary Bonanza

My main inspiration behind designing clothing is mostly just making ladies of all shapes and sizes feel good! I like making things for others to appreciate. I enjoy creating pieces that can make you feel like you!

What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver?

I’ve been out of the loop the last couple years. But it seems to keep growing and that’s wonderful! When I first started designing clothing in Denver about 10 years ago it was a small group of designers and most of us knew each other, planned small event together, and now it’s grown so much! I’m excited to meet so many new talented people who share similar interests.

One of my favorite pieces was designed for this Vitamin Water event. Mondo was one of the judges. My best friend Cassie was my model and it was a contest. I can’t even remember what the winning design got (I obviously wasn’t the winner) but it was a really fun night!

Idlewild Designs at Vitamin Water fashion competition
Idlewild Designs at Vitamin Water fashion competition

If I was stranded on an island and got to bring 3 things the first would be GB (Kyle Oppold) my partner. I never get tired of him, he is great entertainment, he can sing awesome songs, and he can help me build a boat to get off the island. Or help build a house so we can stay on the island. The second thing would be an amazing unbreakable knife. For all my chopping, carving and whittling needs. The third thing I’d like is a female sheep so I can use its wool to spin yarn and make fabric by knitting or weaving. Also I’m going to make cheese some how with that sheep milk.

Fashion Denver turns 13! Come and celebrate at our Fashion Bonanza!

Fashion Denver 13th Anniversary Bonanza
Friday, June 16th 4pm-10pm
2875 Blake Street (Bierstadt Lager & C Squared Cider Beer Hall)
Free and Open to the public!

Fashion Denver celebrates 13 years this June 16th with a fashion market bonanza! Throwing back to the wild wild west, the Bonanza celebrates its history in the RiNo district and the several designers that have contributed to Fashion Denver over the years. The bonanza will feature local designers to shop through, 2 fashion shows (7pm and 9:30pm) and will also benefit the Denver Rescue Mission with a hygiene supply drive.

Fashion Denver turns 13!
Fashion Denver turns 13!  Featured designers Michelle Hale and Katy Bell fashions in this photo. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer.

The Fashion Denver Bonanza will feature local designers and their collection of jewelry, handbags, and belts to apparel to custom couture for men and women. With prices ranging from $5.00 to $300.00 there is something for everybody!


Fashion Denver
Raven on the left wears Jeremy Willard, Haley wears Rachel Marie Hurst. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer

“There are so many things coming back full circle,” says founder Brandi Shigley. “We’ve done our fashion markets all over this neighborhood over the course of 13 years  and seen this neighborhood go through extreme changes. I’m really excited to do our summer market with Chris Rippe, owner of The Rackhouse. We partnered together 10 years ago when we did the market at Flying Dog Brewery!”

Fashion Denver is partnering up with the RiNo Arts District, Flaunt Salon and the Mayor’s Office for this celebration of fashion, Denver, and all the beautiful things Denver has to offer!

Fashion Denver celebrates 13 years! Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer
Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer
Fashion Denver celebrates 13 years! Haley wears Instructions Designs Couture. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer
Fashion Denver celebrates 13 years! Haley wears Instructions Designs Couture. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer

Featured Designers:

Born Ugli
Designs by M
Forever Stranger
Hope Couture Bridal
Instructions Designs Couture 
Jeremy Willard
Lady Jane
Prickly Hearts
Rachel Marie Hurst
Resouled brand
Scoop Nemeth
Spruced Designs, LLC
The Mechanic’s Wife
Topping Designs LLC
Idlewild Designs
Stylish Sparrow

History of Fashion Denver Markets

2004-2005 Andenken Gallery at 21st and Market
2005-2006 The Walnut Foundry at 30th and Walnut
2006 Flying Dog Brewery at 24th and Blake
2007 Cervantes at 27th and Welton
2008 Empire Theater at 29th and Larimer
2009 Taxi at 35th and Ringsby
2009-2010 City Hall at 11th and Broadway
2011-2015 The Grant-Humphreys mansion on 8th and Pearl
2014 Space Gallery
2015 The Byers-Evans house museum
2015 Illegal Pete’s on S. Broadway
2015 Green Spaces on 26th and Walnut
2016 The Breakers
2016 Green Spaces on 26th and Walnut

Sizzlin’ 6 with Stylish Sparrow’s Lisa Sharpe

Lisa Sharpe of Sparrow Designs
Lisa Sharpe of Stylish Sparrow

I first met Lisa Sharpe of Stylish Sparrow last summer and really fell in love with the eye that Lisa has for style and the services that she offers to others. This will be Lisa’s 2nd time doing one of our markets and it is truly a joy to have her light shine at our events. Come see Lisa next Friday at our Fashion Denver 13th Anniversary Bonanza!

For me, the most important thing in life and in the world, is people. All people.”- Lisa Sharpe

What inspired your pop up? 

Synergy is something that fuels my work with people and fashion.   Collaborating with people who are fun, free spirited fashion lovers is inspiring!  Celebrating special occasions ignites a little fire in me, brings joy and results in a little more excitement as I prepare for an event.  All of these elements will come into play as I select the merchandise I’ll bring to the 13th Anniversary Fashion Denver Bonanza! 

Stylish Sparrow at last summer's White Party
Stylish Sparrow at last summer’s White Party

What inspires what you carry in your collection and where do you find your goods? 

My colllection comes from adventures in thrifting in Denver, Miami and Orange County.  I look for pieces that speak to me and capture my eye.  If I can visualize a great way to style the item and convey the outfit to the client, then I know it’s a winner.  I also source my collection from clients’  closets when I am working with them during wardrobe consults and personal style appointments.  I apply the same criteria to my purchases from clients’ closets.  It is a thrill to see who each item goes home with, and I love seeing the delight on clients’ faces as they discover these treasures for themselves.

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Sizzlin’ 7 with Maria Harlan, brains behind Prickly Hearts

Maria Harlan of Prickly Hearts
Maria Harlan of Prickly Hearts

I first met Maria Harlan 12 years ago when she was a student at CSU. She volunteered at one of our first fashion markets and has since then graduated, moved to Arizona, had a decade a life and life brought her back to Colorado! It is so fun to have Maria IN our fashion market, all grown up 🙂

Let’s learn a little bit about Maria and her line of jewelry Prickly Hearts. …

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

I remember visiting my Grandparents in Iowa every summer and them having these huge JCPenny catalogs.  I would spend hours going through them and tearing out all of my favorite styles and creating vision boards with them.  I must have been 7 or 8!  

What motivated you to start your own fashion business?

I was avid browser on Etsy and decided one day that I should just go for it!  I opened a shop and never looked back.  I was itching for my creative outlet to mean more than a hobby to me.

Prickly Hearts at Fashion Denver's 13th Anniversary Bonanza
Prickly Hearts at Fashion Denver’s 13th Anniversary Bonanza

What inspires your designs? 

The seasons and color! 

What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver?

It has been great to see it evolve over the years bring so many creative minds together.  There is so much amazing talent in Denver and I know it will only grow into a bigger industry here!

What is one of your favorite pieces that you have ever designed and why?

Prickly Hearts at Fashion Denver's anniversary bonanza
Prickly Hearts at Fashion Denver’s anniversary bonanza

I designed this oversized statement necklace with green chrysoprase and a natural stone bird feather pendant with gold edging.  The design came to me so effortlessly and I remember how happy I was so see the idea transfer over into the actual piece!  In that moment I felt nothing but happiness for my passion and knew I made the right decision to take the leap in starting my own business.

 3 Things if stranded on an island?

Unlimited music supply