I decided to live in Detroit for a lot of reasons - the people, the history, the authenticity - but the opportunities in the field of fashion was never one of those reasons. If I wanted to pursue fashion, I felt like it would have to be on my own.
For the first time since moving to the city in 2005, I felt like I had a fashion community. For the first time I felt like there were others like me.
That feeling was incredible.
Hosted by the Detroit Garment Group Guild (DG3), the conference was an all day event, featuring 5 impressive presenters: Rachel Lutz of the Peacock Room, talking about the importance of branding; Jeanette Puig-Pey and Bridget Sullivan from Lear Corporation highlighting Industrial Design; Matthew Burnett, the CEO of Maker’s Row opening up about local manufacturing; Senior Market Editor of the New York Times' T Magazine, Malina Joseph Gilchrist discussing her experience as a fashion editor; and finally, fashion designer Tracy Reese who shared her advice from her own personal journey.
Each session allowed for plenty of Q and A from the crowd, creating a stimulating conversation between the audience and experts, followed by a cocktail reception so that the attendees could network and mingle. This gave me the chance to really bond with other fashion bloggers, as well as meet local designers, fashion students, and entrepreneurs.
It was a rewarding day personally and a welcome reminder of the opportunities that exist here in Detroit.
Thank you to Styleshack for inviting me to the event as a Detroit blogger and to the DG3 for hosting such an amazing day full of education, inspiration, and community.