This was no ordinary day and no ordinary discussion. When the titans of Austin's fashion industry are brought together in one location, the results are bound to be epic.
On July 25th, 2018, The Art Institute of Austin (www.aiaustintx.com) hosted a panel of fashion industry experts to discuss the vital topics of Austin's fashion industry. The issues ranged from Austin's viable position in fashion to a break down of strengths and weaknesses in Austin's fashion industry. Panelists shared their knowledge and expertise with an audience of fashion professionals, students, and fashion community enthusiasts. The abundance of experience from each panel member generated candid conversation and enlightening discoveries; individuals with a wide variety of fashion industry backgrounds, differing with respect to age, gender, ethnicity, and personality. The moderator of the event was Art Institute Instructor Michelle Washington (www.StylistMichelleWashington.com), panelists included:
*Chris Hendel: VP/GM of Neiman Marcus Austin (www.neimanmarcus.com) *Lisa Sikora & Liz Sikora Seither: CEO and CMO of Amberleaf luxury apparel (www.amberleaf.com) *William Jackson: Founder and Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine (www.influential-magazine.com) *Erin O'Brien: CEO & Editor-in-Chief of 71 Magazine (my71mag.com) *Kristopher Robin Stevens: Co-Owner & Head of Production at Stitch Texas (www.stitchtexas.com) *Dina Chavez: Designer & CEO of SixChel (www.sixchelbydinachavez.com) *Ricky Soto: CEO of Soto & Co (www.sotoandco.com) *Samuel Alexander: CEO of Concept 2 Consumption & Technology LLC (www.concept2consumption.com) *Benson Roberts III: CEO & Founder of Blue Moon Apparel Services (www.facebook.com/BlueMoonApparelManufacturing)
Each panelist had a unique viewpoint. With so many valuable perspectives, the panel discussion was fun, engaging, and enlightening; a satisfying experience for participants and attendees alike. This panel provided those in the fashion space and other aspiring entrepreneurs a sense of hope, camaraderie, and motivation to succeed in today's competitive market.