Photos, story by Cassie Hepler
Bravo TV’s Project Runway designers hit Arizona’s “hautest” runway in an exclusive fashion show to help celebrate F.A.B.R.I.C.’s two-year anniversary in November 2018. F.A.B.R.I.C. Tempe is a collaboration to combine apparel manufacturing resources, creative professionals, co-op work space, events, industry training and more. Partially funded by Downtown Tempe, it is Arizona’s fashion headquarters. Services include design and manufacturing (tech packs, patterns, grading marking, cutting, no minimum sewing), event spaces (co-working offices, event space, photo studios, meeting space), education (classes, private lessons. fashion business consultations, camps) and resources (AZ Fashion Directory, calendar, jobs and news).
F.A.B.R.I.C. is also home of the AZ Apparel Foundation, a non-profit providing the knowledge and resources to foster Arizona’s fashion industry featuring emerging brand scholarships, wearable tech research, manufacturing 2.0, community partnerships, community programs and services. It also host a medley of other creative talent, located inside includes:
Designers who came to Tempe to celebrate included Emily Payne, Richard Hallmarq and Samantha Black. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to supporting the AZ Apparel Foundation’s mission to provide Arizona’s emerging designers and brands with innovative, small batch manufacturing and strategic business resources, so they can build sustainable fashion businesses locally. But enough about the space and businesses, let’s see some fresh fashion!