Lana Hogue Presents: SAN FRANCISCO FACTORY TOUR (new date – October 18)

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Explore your garment design and production options locally with Advance Pleating (they don’t actually do pleating!). This is a unique opportunity to see the inner workings at Advance, where they have spent decades providing highly specialized

  • Studs, Grommets, Rhinestones & Eyelets
  • Smocking & Elastic Shirring
  • Bias, Piping, Binding
  • Covered buttons – all the way to 80 Ligne!
  • Heat transfers (don’t use an iron!)
  • Purl Edge, Picot Edge, Blanket Stitch
  • Fuse Block & Fused Pieces

Presenter: LANA HOGUE has worked in garment manufacturing for over 25 years. With extensive experience in production & operations both in the U.S. and off shore including Asia, Mexico & Central America, South America, and Caribbean Basin. Lana has worked as an employee or a consultant to hundreds of companies from start-ups to $15 billion in sales. Her unique perspective will help you understand how to thrive in the world of manufacturing and maximize your return on investment.

NOTE: The tour will be limited to only 20 participants.

Preregistration is required.

When: NEW DATE Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:30am – 12pm

Where: San Francisco Mission area meeting place advised with sign up

Cost: $60 –payable at site (Students and PeopleWearSF Members $50)

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Sharp & Between – Retail Tailor Shop and Tailor Training Program

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Good cloth + skilled tailors = great clothing. Named for the hand-sewing needles that are used by custom and bespoke tailors, Sharp and Between is a tailor training program that is being launched in Oakland. The goal is to produce a new generation of skilled and certified tailors. We expect to open a brick and mortar tailor shop in 2015, where paid apprentices will learn from master tailors and become certified in the trade.

Tailoring is a necessary sector of the garment economy.  Handcraft tailors create clothing that is prized for its quality and perfect fit and is by its nature sustainable in its longevity.  Working closely with a tailor is a way of purchasing clothing that is built upon the rich relationship between maker and consumer.  It is one sure way of knowing where your clothing comes from and dressing yourself with confidence and pride in your purchases.

Help us reinvigorate the tailoring trade in the Bay Area and beyond by seeking us out, or another local tailor shop, for your next significant clothing purchase.  Contact Nan Eastep, tailor and founder, to find out how you can get involved. read more

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Call for Fashion and Accessory Designers!

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

MIR_crowdThe Oakland Fashion Network is excited to announce that the Holiday Designers’ Pop Up Market will take place on Sat. 11/29 at the newly built MetWest Auditorium at 314 E. 10th St., Oakland. This will be a super fun event during the peak holiday shopping season. We are looking for fashion and accessory designers who are interested in selling their wares.
To apply, please submit this form to us by October 10.
For more information, please visit our website:
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San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Symposium – September 25 – 27, 2014

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

IMG_1654_3Mission: The platform for sustainable artists, educators and researchers to unite, as one community,expanding the awareness of healthy-fashion and eco-friendly apparel & products for people and the planet.

Thursday, September 25th –      Kick off Reception & Clothing Swap Recology

Friday, September 26th –      Sustainable Fashion Educational Symposium FIDM

Saturday, September 27th – Green Glam Fashion Show @ W Hotel

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NEWS FLASH: FiSF is nominated for an Ebbie!

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Fashion Incubator San Francisco – We are a 2014 Excellence in Business Awards finalist!

The Ebbies are presented by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and recognize leaders in job creation and business innovation.
The Excellence in Business Awards gala, presented by Bank of America, will take place the evening of Wednesday, October 1st at the Westin, Saint Francis Hotel. Ticket information available here.

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Designer Launch Intensive – Launch Your Collection in 12 Weeks

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Designer Launch Intensive – Launch Your Collection in 12 Weeks
Designer Launch Program

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Wouldn’t it be awesome to get your designs out in the world AND start making a profit doing what you love?

Our friend, fellow member of PeopleWearSF and owner of V.Mora, Anna Livermore is re-launching her 12 part Designer Launch Intensive, an incredible program that puts designers on the fast track to success.

This girl has successfully launched 100’s of successful designers over the past 7 years and compiled EVERYTHING she knows about launching a line from start to finish into this amazing course. Past participants have LOVED the Designer Launch Intensive and we know you will too!

With the Designer Launch Intensive, you get:

  • Weekly, 1-hour classes to listen to at your convenience . Recordings are yours to keep after the course is done so you can keep coming back to them.
  • Weekly, Live Q&A session to answer any and all questions you may have. She stays on the phone until all questions are answered!
  • A Designer Launch Forum to post questions, build community and connect with fellow designers.
  • A one-hour private consultation with Anna to ensure that you are where you need to be in your production process.
  • Lists of over 500 boutiques, hundreds of contacts for low minimum fabrics, manufacturers, lawyers, fit models and SO MUCH MORE.
  • As a bonus, you’ll have live Interviews with industry professionals such as sales reps, lawyers, fabric reps, pattern makers with tips on how to contact them and work most efficiently with them.

Classes start October 6th.

Early Bird Rate: $2499

Go to www. for more information or to register today!
Any questions? Contact them directly at

What other successful designers have to say about the Designer Launch Intensive

“I really enjoyed the class and I’m light-years ahead of where I was before I completed it. I look forward to working with you again in the future when I’m further down the line and ready to start with samples and pattern making. I’m so glad I found you!:)”

Kimby | Chicago, IL


“It was fantastic and well worth the money for a start-up designer in the beginning stages!”

 Tamar L | Pennsylvania


“I knew to expect professionalism and I trusted that it would be worth the time and money. It met my expectations. One-on-one with Anna and the help I received from Ashley were way over and above my expectations. V.Mora is very generous with your time and resources.”

Allison H | Virginia


“Great class and the timing was good for me in terms of being in the very early stages of my project. Level of professionalism was excellent and Anna’s passion for helping others was encouraging. I’m glad to have found V. Mora as a resource and will definitely look to the other services provided as I move forward with my project. Well worth the money.”

Michelle Dodd | Mill Valley, CA


“I’m more than happy to help with a testimonial, it’s the least I can do after that great class.The Designer Launch Intensive exceeded expectations! It provided all of the detail that I expected based on the pre-published syllabus and more.”

Rian W | Chicago, IL


“Anna and her team were very responsive in addressing questions about the DLI and I would recommend this course to others.”

Lisa S| New Jersey


“I was VERY satisfied with the quality of information, relevance of information and the opportunity for questions. Overall, the Designer Launch Intensive was more than I expected and I would recommend this course to others. I can’t wait to see where my next steps with V.Mora take me.”

Joanne S. | Nashville, TN


I started working with V.Mora because I needed some pattern work done, but before I knew it I was a regular of all their amazing services including the Designer Launch Intensive. My business has grown tremendously since working with Anna and her team and my confidence in my work and as a business owner has grown as well. Thanks V. Mora!

Erika Neumayer | Chicago, IL

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