Derby season is coming up!

We wish that there were more reasons to wear fancy hats these days! It’s a good thing the derby is coming up here shortly! We’ve got quite a big selection on beautiful bold hats designed by Natalee Moldenhauer!

Natalee Moldenhauer derby hats!

With prices ranging from $65.00-$300.00, there’s gotta be a hat that’s perfect for you!

Favorite piece of jewelry you can’t live without…

Do you have that one piece of jewelry that you never take off? These Lapland bracelets by Anita Gronstedt are just those pieces! Each Lapland bracelet is handmade of reindeer leather, antler & pewter. The more you wear it, the more beautiful it becomes! Prices vary from $75-$150 and are an investment in style! We bet you’ll never take yours off 🙂

Swedish inspired accessories
Lapland bracelets by Anita Gronstedt

Do what you love. Love what you do! Workshop April 6th!

My next workshop for dreamers & doers is coming up and I’m so excited to have it at our newly remodeled Fashion Denver space!  Here is the info..

CNN Money
Shigley on CNN Money

April 6th, 2011, Denver’s very own entrepreneur and fashionista, Brandi Shigley starts the new year off by offering her workshop for aspiring fashion designers and business owners. ‘Do What You Love, Love What You Do’ workshops are designed to help local designers and emerging artists take their creativity and passion to new heights by learning how to turn it into a business. Join Brandi Shigley for the next workshop at the Fashion Denver Headquarters 6:30pm to 9:30pm to learn the art of channeling creativity into a successful business by getting tips and lessons from award winning designer and entrepreneur.

In addition to having her work published in numerous magazines and newspapers, Brandi Shigley has been recognized for her inspiring energy and creativity in the fashion industry by major publications such as CNN Money and Denver Business Journal— naming her one of the ‘Top 40 Under 40’, ‘Top Up & Comer of the Year’ in5280 Magazine and ‘A Designer To Watch’ in International Design Magazine. Her award winning work and passion for fashion has made Shigley a successful business owner and designer who continues to inspire other aspiring entrepreneurs and designers to follow their dreams and succeed in the world of fashion.

“Growing up in a family-owned and operated business, I only know entrepreneurship,” said Shigley in Asian Avenue Magazine. Adopted from the Philippines at 16 months old, she grew up in Colorado with her family who taught her the art of owning and operating a business since she was a child. She began her own business at age 23 when she started her own line of handbags called b.shigley designs. Even though it began as a hobby, it quickly grew into a small business, taking her designs to boutiques in Paris, London, New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and San Diego. She later began her own business development company called b.23 productions and is currently the CEO of Fashion Denver, lead singer in her band b.sous, and maintains a passion for helping other aspiring entrepreneurs and designers start their businesses with her workshop ‘Do What You Love, Love What You Do.’

In her workshop, Shigley covers topics on creating the perfect work space, developing a brand identity, building websites, marketing your product or service, constructing and writing a press release, producing events, and so much more! Tuition and materials for the workshop is $65.

Happy Friday!

Spring is definitely in the air.. well, last night, winter was in the air again, but now, spring again 🙂 Oh Colorado! We love your weather!

This has been an amazing week at Fashion Denver! We’ve met with several new designers that will be joining the showroom / boutique in the next few months and are on board to do the Spring Fashion Market at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion on May 15th! Nothing inspires me more than to meet these designers and see and hear what inspires them! Colorado is full of such creative talent and it is wonderful to be a part of it!

One thing I’ve noticed is that more and more people are coming together to collaborate which is fantastic.  There are always so many things going on in the city that it can be hard to get out of the fox hole sometimes and seeing and being part of the collaborations is always a great time.

We are about 3/4ths of the way full for our market and I think I’ll extend the deadline until we are 100% full. If you’re a designer, visit www.fashiondenver.com/springmarket2011.html and learn how you can participate in the fashion fun!

Our spring fashion market is coming up!

I’m so sad that my fabulous assistant Tina’s internship is almost up! What a fast 12 weeks this has been! We’ve accomplished so much including the makeover of the boutique, creating an inventory system, meeting with tons of new designers, and so much more. I know that she will go far in anything that she does!!

Well, I best get back to work! Happy weekend everybody and thank you for your continued support!

Dreaming of driving in a convertible…

I can envision myself in this beautiful dress with big hollywood sunglasses on, driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, wind in my hair. I love this dress. It feels Hollywood with just the perfect amount of sexiness.  This dress is designed by Julianne Hazelhurst of So Whimsy. Julianne’s been with Fashion Denver since last summer and we love her designs! From the basic jersey tanks to party dresses to sweet mother and daughter aprons, she’s got a fun collection at Fashion Denver!

Designed by Julianne Hazelhurst

Last call out for designers for our Spring Market!

Happy Friday everybody! It sure is nice to have the sun shine and busines pick back up and get back into the swing of things. We’ve recently remodeled Fashion Denver and opened up our boutique / showroom to reach to the back! What a difference movement makes. Last week was hectic getting everything back into place but the hard work payed off. New paint on the walls and new inspiration as we head into spring. If you are interested in being showcased in our showroom, contact me and let’s set up an appointment. Otherwise, stop by and see the fresh new space 🙂


Last call out for our Fashion Denver Spring Market SPROUT

Sunday, May 15th 2011
Grant-Humphreys Mansion
770 Pennsylvania Street
Download the application at: http://fashiondenver.com/spring_application2011.pdf

Fashion Denver is looking for fresh designers for our spring market at the beautiful and historical Grant-Humphreys mansion. Join Fashion Denver and 20 local Colorado clothing, jewelry, and accessory designers for a day of connecting with the fashion-forward consumer, connecting with boutiques, and connecting with eachother.

-FREE to the public. No more $5.00 admission
-Partnering up with the Denver B-Cycle bike sharing program!
-The market will be part of Create Denver’s Create Denver Week, action packed full of creative events going on from May 12th-May 15th.
-We’ll bring the fashions out onto the mezanine and have the fashion show go throughout the grounds of the mansion.

The market opens to the public at noon and runs until 6 with 3 different fashion shows that run through the course of the day. We’ll also have musical performances in the main room and other fashionable activies happening throughout the day. If the weather permits, I want to have the designers spread out through the grounds of the mansion utilizing the beautiful mezzanine, balconies, as well as the inside.

The benefits for involvement are as follows:
– Extensive PR 6 weeks leading up to the event
– Postcards distributed throughout the state listing participating designers names
– Link to your website from Fashion Denver’s site. We estimate about 8000 unique hits per month
– Boutiques are invited to check out our local designers with potential for your designs to be carried in their stores
– You keep 100% of sales. Keep in mind YOU are responsible for sales tax.
– An opportunity for your designs to be featured in our fashion shows with access to our images from the show and event

Basically, it’s an opportunity to connect with creative people, get your designs out there, and have a fantastic time doing it!

Cost to participate is $130.00 and if you need a table, an additional $10.00. Please contact me if you have any questions at brandi@fashiondenver.com or 720-974-2200

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

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