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Membership Drive and ‘Get to Know Us’

On Thursday, July 27, FGI Philadelphia hosted a ‘Get to Know Us’ meeting at Steel Pony in historic fabric row.  The women’s boutique was filled with those in fashion, design, education and related industries.  FGI Member Joanne Litz, Designer/Owner, Steel Pony, invited everyone to join FGI Philadelphia and work together to unite the Philadelphia Fashion Community.
  • Alyssa Thomas, Commerce Department, City of Philadelphia, spoke about ideas the city would like to implement if possible to help provide employees to places of business and possible tax breaks for small businesses.
  • Kevin Parker, FBH Philly Fashion Week, shared dates for the fall season, kicking off Monday, September 18 at tented Dilworth Plaza with the current and graduate Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designers. Rachel Ford’s Made Institute launch party and fashion show will take place, as part of PFW on Wednesday, September 20 at her new location on N 10th Street.

Come on out in September and support local designers of Philadelphia Fashion Week, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator and Made Institute!!

FGI Philadelphia Roots
Sarah Rodowicz, Regional Director-elect, FGI Philadelphia discussed the organization’s rich history; founded here in 1947 by internationally renowned retailer Nan Duskin Lincoln.  The group went on to partner with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and fund the museum’s Fashion Wing through a glamorous and star-studded event, the Crystal Ball.  Over the years 1947 to 1983, Honorees included FLOTUS Patricia Nixon, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco, Brooke Shields and many more!

Designers, who not only attended in person, but also, showed live at the event, included Norman Norell, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Ralph Lauren, Betsy Johnson and many more!

FGI Headquarters Then
Spearheaded by then Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Edna Woolman Chase, the headquarters organization, founded in 1930 in New York City, by influential women such as Elenor Roosevelt, Claire McCardell, Edith Head, Helena Rubenstein, Elizabeth Arden, and more.

FGI Philadelphia Today
FGI Philadelphia wants to be the voice of the Philadelphia Fashion and Design Communities.  We can’t do that without the industry executives, entrepreneurial designers, educators, and others who make up our membership base. Join us today and let’s work together to impact the community.

The group is made up of 5000 members globally in 29 regions.

Membership Benefits include:
– Getting involved; attending regular meetings and events to move the group forward
– Inclusion in the printed FGI Directory with 5000 members in 29 regions
– Discounted event pricing for FGI Philly, New York and other FGI groups
–  Guest blogging on FGI.org
– Industry and Trend information
– Creating our own local benefits; each business offering something (a discount, special offer, etc.) to FGI Philly members
– And more, we can customize benefits where possible
– Questions or Suggestions, please email us at fgiphilly@gmail.com   We’d love to hear from you!
Membership Dues are currently pro-rated for 2017.  Join us by applying here.
Photos by: Hope Jidenma