Chicago Fashion Incubator Fundraiser at Devon

11 08 2008

Over the past few years, Chicago has really started to make some huge strides in the fashion industry. Mayor Daley has thrown his support behind local designers and boutiques as they seek to make an impact on our local style landscape. In 2006, the City of Chicago launched the Mayor’s Fashion Council to identify the current challenges facing designers who live and work in Chicago as well as advise on ways the city and industry can work together to overcome those challenges.


The MFC is responsible for the first installment of the Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) at Macy’s on State Street. The CFI is a nonprofit organization providing six emerging Chicago-based designers with the resources, including workspace, education about the business of fashion and mentoring, to launch their careers in fashion. The Designers in Residence (DIR) are provided office space, including computers and software; a workshop room with sample production space and a resource section; as well as a showroom for an entire year.

On Monday, August 25th, the CFI will host its fall fundraiser at Devon Seafood Grill (39 E. Chicago) from 6-9p. Attendees will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, auction items and a showing of pieces from the Designers in Residence. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door with 100% of the proceeds going to support CFI. Tickets can be purchased here and for more information on CFI and the Mayor’s Council on Fashion, please visit!

Somehow, I tend to find myself at Devon at least once every 2 weeks, so I plan to save up my Happy Hour moolah and stop by this evening and meet the future of Chicago fashion. Will I see you there?




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