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5th International Fiber Recycling Symposium – A Great Success!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on 5th International Fiber Recycling Symposium – A Great Success!

The 5th International Fiber Recycling Symposium, held at the SFSU College of Business downtown campus, brought industry, the international fiber recycling research community, and educators together for the purpose of furthering ways to conserve fiber resources for the future.

SF2015_Fiber_recycing_syposium_32Focus on issues, such as collecting and sorting for carpeting and apparel reuse and recycling, were discussed. The Symposium also included collaboration with the Textile Exchange, an international organization dedicated to conservation of fiber and protecting workers and the environment, and who members include many international manufacturers and retailers. TE will take some of the discussions from the Symposium to their next international meeting in Mumbai later this year.

Our PeopleWearSF networking session on the evening of June 9, at the Symposium’s design display and research poster display was helpful to our members to see the work being down to conserve fiber resources.

A special thanks to members Jeanne Allen, Executive Director of SF Fashion Incubator and Julie Weston, designer and founder of WestonSF, for their participation in the international panel of judges to select the winners of the Symposium’s International Design Competition.

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PWSF Member – Bespoke Whitebox Popup Store at Westfield Centre

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on PWSF Member – Bespoke Whitebox Popup Store at Westfield Centre

One of PeopleWearSF members, Fashion Incubator of San Francisco, is preparing to launch some of its designers at Bespoke Whitebox Popup retail space at Westfield Centre in downtown San Francisco. We are proud to promote this exciting new retail space, open for most of June only (opening May 28th), so please make the effort to see the talent here in San Francisco! Read more at FiSH

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Female inmates in S.F. sewing a way out

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Female inmates in S.F. sewing a way out

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San Francisco State University professor of Apparel Design and Merchandising Connie Ulasewicz goes of the finishing touches on a project with San Francisco County jail inmate Johnetta Dixon on Monday May 11, 2015 in San Francisco, Calif. Dixon finished six weeks of sewing instruction at the county jail and hopes to use her new skills in the future.

PeopleWearSF continues to support different groups to learn sewing skills, in hopes of encouraging them to join the sewing industry workforce. While being a sewing operator is a skilled job, learning to sew is the first step in becoming a sewing industry professional. It is our hope, with projects like this one, organized by PeopleWearSF President Gail Baugh and treasurer Connie Ulasewicz, will inspire a new generation of local, skilled sewing industry professionals. Read more at SFGATE

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Students teach inmates sewing skills

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Students teach inmates sewing skills

SF State News – April 24, 2015

Five college students enter San Francisco’s County Jail #2 bringing used, cut-up tablecloths, wearing clothing carefully selected to avoid certain colors, only closed-toed shoes, no jewelry. When they leave, the inmates they have taught come away with sewing skills, handmade tote bags and, the SF State group hopes, interest in a new career path.

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Student Russell Esmus and Professor of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Connie Ulasewicz are part of a program teaching inmates at a local jail the basics of sewing.

Student Russell Esmus and Professor of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Connie Ulasewicz are part of a program teaching inmates at a local jail the basics of sewing.

For six weeks, San Francisco State University graduate students enrolled in a social entrepreneurship class are teaching female inmates the basics of sewing. This pilot project, organized with the Sheriff’s Department by Professor of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Connie Ulasewicz and Lecturer Gail Baugh, is part of a geometry class offered to inmates that counts toward a high-school equivalency certificate.

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Join Susie Breuer in a Free Upcoming Live Workshop Online or In-Person on Diversifying Your Product Line

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Join Susie Breuer in a Free Upcoming Live Workshop Online or In-Person on Diversifying Your Product Line

Susie CoLab54PeoplewearSF member Susie Breuer is offering online seminars and workshops for fashion entrepreneurs. Her upcoming workshop is particularly unique in that it allows participants to join the experience in a variety of ways. Her two-day workshop “Diversifying Your Product Line” will be available for free live streaming on May 12-13.  As bay area residents, you can also join in on the live class.

Susie describes live class participation as having several benefits: “being able to ask questions and to brainstorm as a group to find solutions to development and planning challenges. I like to be as collaborative as possible when I work or teach so that the class or team can find solutions together. There are always new problems to solve; that’s the fun of the industry.”  The live class will also offer an opportunity to meet with like-minded creatives.

Should you miss the chance to be in the live studio audience, or watch the free live streaming of the workshop, you can purchase an on-demand recording of the workshop.

“Diversifying Your Product Line” will cover the following topics:

  • Researching the market to understand both price and your customers.
  • Building a concept and action plan for starting out
  • Managing multiple product lines
  • Sourcing raw materials and manufacturers

Logo2-Co-Lab54_60px-2In addition to online seminars and workshops, Susie has a consultancy company called her Co-Lab54 where she works one-on-one with designers and brands. She offers a wide range of assistance, from a brainstorming session, to working hands-on for a 9 months project.

Coming in the future, Susie will be offering additional online assistance for fashion entrepreneurs with a series of templates and development documents, along with general industry resources. For now though, her priority is to make her online workshops as dynamic as possible.  Look out for a future seminar on how new business models can rival the traditional wholesale and retail philosophies.

To learn more about Susie, her workshop, and Co-Lab54:

Blue is the New Black: The 10 Step Guide to Developing and Producing a Fashion Collection (book authored by Susie)

“Diversifying Your Product Line” Workshop

 Co-Lab54

 

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Trend Presentation at FiSF

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Blog, Featured Articles | Comments Off on New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Trend Presentation at FiSF

 

FiSF_logoNew York Fashion Week Fall 2015

Photo Credit: Alexander Wang, Billy Reid

Photo Credit: Alexander Wang, Billy Reid

Join “Project Runway” designer Alexandria von Bromssen and San Francisco Chronicle Style correspondent Tony Bravo as they give you a behind the scenes look at the most significant trends for fall 2015 that emerged at NYFW and offer their thoughts on the best and worst of the collections.

WHEN:  Thursday, March 12, 2015 / 6:30-9 p.m.
WHERE:  FiSF – 50 O’Farrell between Stockton and Grant,  7th Floor
COST:  $25 General admission; $10 students/interns

Purchase your tickets now!

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