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Companies needing interns

To my fellow fashion businesses (designers, stylists, salons and boutiques). Check out this amazing internship opportunity that Goodwill is providing this summer!


Goodwill Industries and the City and County of Denver are excited to collaborate on this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and we would love to partner with you Center to host a youth intern or employee. 

What do we need from you?
We are seeking employers in the public and private sectors to host youth employees or interns aged 16-21. These youth employees can fill open positions within your organization, or you can create an intern or job position for them. Summer Youth Employment Program will pay for each youth to work a maximum of 120 hours at minimum wage ($9.30/hr). You give them the job, we pay them the wages!

Once a youth is designated to your organization you can work directly with them on their schedule. 120 hours of work between the dates of June 12, 2017 and August 16, 2017 are required, but you can break that up in the best way that works for you and your employee(s). Please arrange for students to know their schedule at least seven days in advance. Each youth will have an assigned job coach to provide support and encouragement to you and your SYEP employee. We will ask that you submit the youth’s schedule, time worked, and feedback on their job performance to the job coach, as well as allow job site visits by the coach. Processes will be put into place to make this as streamlined and efficient as possible.

What you gain from a summer youth employee?

*Maximum of 120 hours with a youth intern/employee who is paid (min. wage) by SYEP.

*An intern/employee who has demonstrated job readiness knowledge and skills.

*A job coach assigned to your SYEP employee to provide support and encouragement.

*An opportunity to hire the youth after their 120 SYEP hours.

*Changing the life of a young person who has barriers to employment.

Next Steps

If you wish to move forward with requesting a Summer Youth Employee please complete the attached SYEP Employer Application and return to  no later than May 12th, 2017.

Once completed, an SYEP Manager will contact you by May 19 with further instructions.

Don’t hesitate, space is limited! 


Lunch and Breaks – Per the Colorado Minimum Wage Order “employees shall be entitled to an uninterrupted and ‘duty free’ meal period of at least a thirty minute duration when the scheduled work shift exceeds five consecutive hours of work” as well as “a compensated ten-minute rest period for each four hours or major fractions thereof shall be permitted for all employees.” If food is served onsite at your organization, please let us know if lunch is provided for the student (this is not required).

After SYEP

Once a student has worked 120 hours, they have completed the SYEP program. If you have the capacity to hire the student and wish to do based on their performance after they complete SYEP, you are more than welcome to do so.

Background Checks

All SYEP Employers are required to complete and pass a background check. Verification can be provided by your organization if background checks are already completed as a condition of employment. If your organization does not run background checks, SYEP will ask for employers to complete a background check release form.


Students will be ready to begin work on June 12th, 2017 and need to work their 120 hours before August 16, 2017. You can work with the student to schedule their hours in whatever way works best for you both.

 Please direct all other inquiries to Elizabeth “Bethie” Walter

DESIGNER Q&A for kids!

For the little fashionistas! 

Mona Lucero, Denver designer, is inviting students who are enthusiastic about fashion to come to her studio on  Friday, March 24th from 2 – 4:00 pm, for a Q & A session. Mona will do a short presentation of what she does and then open it up to questions. Always wanted to ask a real designer what it takes to be a part of the fashion industry? Here’s your chance.  

Where: Studios on Blake in Rino District

What: Open to students between 12 to 18 years old.

Since space is limited, please RSVP to

Mona Lucero

The World is our Runway! Let’s walk it together!

Join us October 14th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm for an evening walk as we turn our sidewalks into our runway! Wear what makes you feel like you are a shining star on the runway and let’s start walking! Whether its a full outfit, stylin’ shoes, or the perfect hat. Feel welcome to to join us and have fun.

Clementine’s Salon supporting Breast Cancer Research

Clementine'sClementine’s Salon (ranked by Elle magazine as one of the top two salons in Colorado) is offering a special promotion to contribute funds to breast cancer research. For ALL  Sara Happ products purchased during the month of October, Clementine’s will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen Colorado. 

Bumble & Bumble will also donate $5 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every Pret-a-powder sold (Clementine’s is a Bumble & Bumble exclusive salon).


Side note: I met Dani Everson (owner along with her husband) years ago through the fashion scene here in Denver and just fell in love with her bubbly energy and calming spirit. She’s a ray of sunshine in our city and it is so awesome to see her and her Clementine’s team thrive!

Clementine’s is located at 2009 W 33rd Ave, Denver, CO 80211

GreenLeaf to Host Farm-Raiser Benefit Concert for Nonprofit Youth Leadership Program

Our Fashion Denver headquarters is located in an amazing warehouse full of entrepreneurs, one of them being GreenLeaf! They are doing amazing things and we are thrilled to celebrate with them! Mark your calendars for September 17th….

Pink Hawks
Local band Pink Hawks to perform at this family-friendly fundraising event celebrating the successes of GreenLeaf’s crew of powerful youth leaders who have spent the year building a new farm at the Smiley Campus

GreenLeaf, a Denver nonprofit, is excited to celebrate their recent move to the Park Hill neighborhood with the 2016 Farm-Raiser Benefit Concert featuring world dance band Pink Hawks. This family-friendly fundraising event will be held on Saturday, September 17th, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at The Art Garage at 6100 East 23rd Avenue, Denver, CO 80207. Proceeds will go to support GreenLeaf’s year-round youth leadership development, urban farming, and food justice programming. Early-bird tickets start at just $15 and can be purchased by visiting

Press photos 3In addition to live music and dancing, the Farm-Raiser event will feature an exciting silent auction, youth-led games and tours of GreenLeaf’s new farm at the Smiley Campus two blocks away, a delicious potluck-style dinner with food and drinks from local restaurants and breweries, and opportunities to purchase fresh produce from the farm and get involved with GreenLeaf’s award-winning programming.

Press photos 4The celebration will be focused on successes over the past year since GreenLeaf was forced to close their long-time farm home downtown and relocate operations. Thanks to a new partnership with Denver Public Schools, the GreenLeaf youth have built a brand new quarter-acre farm on the historic Smiley Campus in North Park Hill. GreenLeaf youth crew members work together to plan and manage the farm, including a weekly farm stand and small Community Supported Agriculture program, which help offset the cost of running the farm.

To donate goods or services for the 2016 Farm-Raiser Benefit Concert, and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cody Meinhardt at

Fashion Denver Happy Hour Wednesday, April 27th

Wednesday, April 27th
3053 Brighton Blvd.

Fashion Denver Happy HourOften times we get a lot of questions on how to tap into the local fashion scene, what resources are available, are there volunteer opportunities, and so much more! A good place to start is by checking out our links on the right hand side of our website. We’ve got lots of resources there. AND!!! We’ll be hosting a Fashion Denver Happy Hour where we’ve invited the fashion community to come together to connect.

Join us for a gathering of fashionistas from around the city and come and learn. Beer and sake will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring lots of business cards and be ready to connect! I’ll be sharing about the history of Fashion Denver and what we offer as well as introducing different fashion community leaders.

Fashion Denver

Our happy hour will take place at the space previously known as Tengu. Right now the space is in a creative brainstorm session, but owner Johnny Klein has graciously opened it up for our private event.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Shoes for Haiti

This past spring, I teamed up with the The Urban Angels for our dress drive and we sent out over a 150 dresses to Haiti and the children in the orphanage that I was in in the Philippines. Now with the holidays around the corner, the Urban Angels have organized a shoe drive and will be sending a special Christmas gift of new shoes for the kids in Haiti!  

If you would like to help, Cash donations or new children’s shoes can be dropped off to the Fashion Denver office at Green Spaces at 1368 26th Street by December 6th.

All gifts will be sent to and distributed by Love A Child, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

For more information, please contact Peggy Kastning!



The Cotery Pop Up
Friday, September 4th at 6pm and runs Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
Buffalo Exchange 51 Broadway

Lauri MurphyBoulder-based startup The Cotery is collaborating with Denver’s Buffalo Exchange back gallery to host a unique art show and pop-up shop bringing exclusive, locally designed, limited-run fashion to Denver.

The Cotery is an online marketplace where creatives can design and sell limited edition, small batch USA made garments with no upfront costs. The Cotery handles the production and the shipment to the customer (AKA the hard stuff), allowing the artist to focus on what they do best!  

Mantra by SDK-1The fashion art show “Cut and Sew” will showcase limited-run garments designed by local artists, accompanied by the original artwork which gave life to the clothing. Featured artists include Ancient + Future, Heather Taylor, JDP, Katy Zimmerman, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Samuel Mata, SDK, and Will Day.    

The event will be hosted by new and used fashion retailer Buffalo Exchange in Denver, and customers will have access to pre-selling designs as well as in-stock pieces which have been produced recently by The Cotery. Be sure to come by and get your hands on some of these limited-run designer garments, and don’t miss the whisky tasting sponsored by Blank & Booth Distilling Company on opening night! 

The Cut and Sew fashion art show and pop-up shop will be hosted at the Denver Buffalo Exchange at 51 Broadway Street, Denver, CO 80203. The show opens on first Friday, September 4th at 6pm and runs Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Questions? More Information?  Contact Tricia Hoke- 720-987-6807



Fashion Camp Success

Saturday, July 25th we held our 2nd annual Fashion Camp at our new headquarters at Green Spaces down in the RINO district. We had 13 kiddos ages 7-11 and what a blast we had!

A HUGE shoutout goes to Back on the Rack, Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys, and Lowbrow Denver!

Thank you for providing clothing for our styling segment!
Thank you for providing the dolls to makeover!
Thank you for providing the art supplies Lowbrow Denver!

Here is an overview of our day of fashion fun!

It was so much fun to hear about Michael Sullivan’s experience in the fashion world, diving in with all of his passion and making his dream come true.

Michael Sullivan speaks about LOVE
Michael Sullivan shared his experiences as a designer and one of my favorite parts, taught the fashionistas about self-love! Here they hug themselves, accepting who they are in all of their brilliance!

After the designer talk, we dove into making fashions for old dolls from the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. These dolls needed major makeovers!

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Our campers dove into the fashion challenge giving the old dolls makeovers.
Fashion Denver Fashion Camp
Some of the girls brought their own dolls and made a new outfit.
Fashion Denver fashion camp lineup!
Our dolls all lined up! Thank you to the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys for the doll donation. Some of these dolls are the campers favorite dolls.
Fashion Denver fashion camp
Even our speakers Michael and Dorian designed dresses!

After the dresses were made, we got into making paper purses. My paper purse career was how I first got into the world of fashion back in 1983. Making these paper purses turned into a real business when in 1999 I started B.Shigley designs. It was so fun to see the creations that the campers designed!

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Making paper purses
Fashion Camp
Jade and Parker collaborated on their bag! Parker shows us her ID!
Fashion Camp
Making paper purses
Fashion Camp Paper Purse Time
Fashion Camp Paper Purse Time

Now! We’re off to the boardroom to listen to Dorian Phaero of Phaero Creative talk about STYLING! Dorian shared how to style keeping in mind the other person’s interests, comfortability level, and much more! They campers listened contently as Dorian shared his expertise.

Dorian Phaero talks styling
Dorian Phaero talks styling

A HUGE thank you to Back on the Rack for lending us clothing for this segment of our fashion camp!

The campers went straight to work partnering up with another camper that they DIDN’T know!
Styling underway with our campers

NEXT! To walk the runway! Or in our case… the alleyway!

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Campers learn from Dorian how to walk the walk in their styled outfits from a fellow camper!
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A big thank you to Back on the Rack, a children’s clothing consignment boutique in Denver!

What a fun day we had! It was such an amazing experience to see these fashionistas in action, collaborating, creating, and most of all having fun!

I think we’ll do another fashion camp in December! Stay tuned!!

“Empowering Women Through Fashion & Beauty”

Denver’s Salwa Owens Presents “Empowering Women Through Fashion & Beauty” 

Saturday, May 23rd 12:30pm – 3:30pm                                                                   Hotel Monaco Lobby 1717 Champa Street                                                            Ticket Information


Denver fashion designer Salwa Owens invites you to attend a glamorous day of fashion shows, indulge in exquisite sweets and cocktails, enjoy live musical entertainment, have 11206474_734940663289276_6430198465262132549_oexclusive trunk show access, and be treated to beauty services to help you feel extra spoiled and empowered on Saturday, May 23rd from 12:30 to 3:30pm in the lobby of Hotel Monaco, 1717 Champa Street in Denver. In honor of some of the most empowering women out there, Moms, this event will be friendly to all ages and mini fashionistas are welcome. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ohio Health Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group, which assisted Salwa in her time of need. or

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