Saint Louis and the surrounding metropolitan areas are seeing more and more local talent within the fashion industry. This recent growth has been cultivated by SIBA, Lindenwood University and Fontbonne’s gaining reputations for fashion education, the Fashion Incubator, and upstart businesses such as SKIF International and Liviara Lingerie. All are adding to the street cred that our area is gaining within the fashion industry.
More great news is that the list of fashion events featuring local designers is growing each season. Fashion show events like Pins and Needles, Romancing the Runway, Celebrate Style, KC Fashion Week, The Garbage Bag Gala, The Factory Fashion Show, Inspire as well as SIBA and Lindenwood University’s student fashion shows are enough to to fill any fashion lover’s calendar.
Local is truly trending! This is fabulous news for the local boutique looking to set itself apart from the suffering big box and chain stores. We’ve noticed that more and more local boutiques are featuring threads and items made locally – and we love it! Kudos to those shops that are working to promote other local businesses like themselves.