Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fashion panel at the Fashion Incubator San Francisco in Union Square. FiSF is a non-profit, 501c3 incubator committed to turning fashion apparel designers into successful San Francisco entrepreneurs and employers. Each year FiSF provides six Designers in Residence with premiere workshop space at Macy’s offices in downtown San Francisco and offers yearlong business and production training from experts in the San Francisco fashion and economic development communities.
I love attending events at FiSF and hearing the perspective of fashion designers who are so committed to their craft and have to work so hard. They offer so much insight into an industry that so many of us care about.
The panel was an amazing group and featured:
Melissa Fleis, Designer/Owner, Project Runway All-Star
Emily Meyer, Designer/Founder TEA COLLECTION
Steve Pinsky, Owner BABETTE
Laura Compton, STYLE Editor San Francisco Chronicle
Moderator: Tony Bravo, fashion contributor to San Francisco Chronicle's Style section and SFUnzipped
After the panel, I was able to meet Melissa Fleis. Everyone knows her from her days on Project Runway Her cool, laid-back style made me instantly want to connect with her. She is beautiful, charming, stylish, funny, articulate, and oh so talented! I love that she is based and San Francisco. It was great hearing about her recent project designing the uniforms for Dirty Habit restaurant in SOMA. Check out the video with her interview and her design process for the uniforms <here>. You can also pick up her pieces at these boutiques.
Here are some of my favorite looks from her collections.
From her website: