Thursday, October 1, 2015

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Recognizes

Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

October is here, and it's time to step up the awareness of 2 major causes.  Yes, they are important issues each and every day of the year.  However, we want to take the time to heighten awareness, so it stays a priority throughout the year.

To help in doing this, we encourage you all to show your support.  There are so many ways!  Like last year, we will be taking a cue from the "Mean Girls" movie, wearing pink on Wednesdays to show support for breast cancer awareness.  And, to note domestic violence awareness, we're wearing purple on Thursdays!  

Fashion for a cause--It's the B.A.F.F.L.E.D. way! 

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Join is as we raise awareness this month, share ways to donate to these critical causes, and take our world step-by-step on the path to better.  

Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

Fast Fashion Has In-Fighting Over Copies--

Retailer H&M is suing its fellow fast fashion colleague, Forever 21 over copyright infringement.  H&M claims Forever 21 is selling a "Beach Please" bag, distinctly made for H&M, which was also registered for a copyright this past June.  The sales have continued even after cease and desist letters.

The story here seems to be a tad bit more about the irony of one fast fashion retailer suing another.  Both are widely known for taking designs straight from the runway to their quick manufacturers, then sales floor within weeks.  Forever 21 is said to have commissioned one of their loyal Chinese manufacturers for the H&M bag copy.  Both retailers have been sued over copies in the past--several times. 

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.  Forever 21 is known for settling their infringement suits under the table.  Maybe this will be no different.   There are many arguments on both sides for protection of fashion designs expanding past prints and patterns.  Usually, the fight is between a luxury retailer and fast fashion giant...or even a boutique designer and established retailer.  How will 2 common infringers settle it? Nevertheless, there's something more to be hammered out here.  

For more on fashion law and infringement's damage, check out these posts!

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

Fashion Focus CHICago!

The fashion week baton is being passed to the Windy City.  The 10th Anniversary of Fashion Focus CHICago begins Sunday, October 4 and the week of events is--chic, of course.  With a plethora of socials, runways shows, and participation by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Chicago's fashion week will certainly not disappoint.

Check out this calendar of events and mark your calendars!


Admission is free unless otherwise noted.
(schedule is subject to change)

Sunday, October 4


Latino Fashion Week presents Youth Fashion Day at Block Thirty Seven

Block Thirty Seven
108 N. State St., 3rd Floor
Presented by Latino Fashion Week, the Youth Fashion Day at Block Thirty Seven will feature fashion skills workshops for 12- to 19-year-olds, including an AWSUM (Amazing-Wonderful-Super-Unique-Me) Panel, motivational speakers and a Style Wars fashion challenge by (PRO)jectUS. An event highlight will be a performance by the Ángel Quinceañeras dancers with a runway show featuring the latest in style and Quinceañera dresses by celebrity designer Adan Terriquez. Admission is free, but registration is required. For registration information, please visit

Fashions on Fleek Runway Presentation

Downtown/Loop: Marriott Hotel
541 N. Rush St.
The Fashions on Fleek will feature classy and glitzy fashions that will sure to turn heads. Runway presentations by Mania Couture Clothing Store, Daline Boutique and Sasha'Neva Boutiques. Admission price starts at $30. Free gift bag with VIP ticket purchase. For ticket information visit:

The Fashion Market/KMT/Pink Sugar: Instillation Runway with Borris Powell

Downtown/Loop: Pink Sugar Beauty Boutique
23 W. Hubbard St., 4th Floor
Enjoy the runway and fashion instillation of one of Chicago's hottest fashion designers -- Borris Powell! Guests will be treated to an exciting look at his spring and fall collections as well as an opportunity to meet the dynamic and charming Borris Powell in an intimate setting. Admission is $20. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.

Monday, October 5


Our Fashion, Our Heritage: Haiti Fashion Week Preview

Block Thirty Seven
108 N. State St., 3rd Floor
12 Noon–6pm shopping, 6:30pm ticketed runway
Hitting the Chicago runway for the first time, Haiti Fashion Week will host a runway and selling event with its top designers. The “Our Fashion, Our Heritage” theme will cover 500 years of Haiti’s existence with a modern twist to appeal to a 21st century audience. The shopping event is free and general admission for the runway event is $15. VIP tickets are $25 and includes a swag bag. To purchase tickets, visit the Eventbrite.

Shops by African Fashion Week Chicago

Block Thirty Seven
108 N. State St., 3rd Floor
Meet the designers from African Fashion Week Chicago and shop the collections from the September runway shows. For complete details for this free shopping event, visit

Sarah Kuenyefu Collection Shopping Event by Appointment

Woodlawn: Sarah Kuenyefu
1510 E. 63rd St.
By appointment
Customers can trade the chaos of shopping for a 1-on-1 private viewing with designer, Sarah Kuenyefu. Ladies will have the option of buying off the showroom floor or ordering custom items. Admission is free and appointments can be scheduled by email

Miglio Di Mario Uomo Fall 2015 Showcase

Bronzeville: 436 E. 47th St.
Stop and shop fall 2015 fabrics and silhouettes for men’s apparel and accessories in the showroom of custom suit maker Bruce Gage of Miglio Di Mario Uomo. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Tuesday, October 6


From the Runway to the Streets; Fall/Winter Runway Makeup Trends Demonstration by Make Up First

Downtown/Loop: Make Up First, School of Makeup Artistry
100 N. LaSalle St.
12 Noon–2pm
Instructors from Chicago's own makeup artistry vocational school, Make Up First, will present four makeup "looks", taken from the Runways, and demonstrate how each look can easily be recreated. Admission is $15 and attendees will receive gift bags that include professional cosmetics, raffle entry, and access to the in-school store. For tickets and information visit,


Wednesday, October 7


NEXT Fashion Chicago 2015

Block Thirty Seven
108 N. State St., 3rd Floor
5:30-9pm shopping (open to the public)
6pm VIP cocktail reception and red carpet
This European-style runway spectacular, now in its fourth season, will feature established and emerging designers. The evening will include the "NEXT GENERATION Fashion Design Challenge," award presentations, special guests and more! For tickets and additional information, visit

Be-You-Tiful Fashion Night Out

West Town: M.GO Fashion Salon and Spa
1501 W. Chicago Ave.
Be-You-Tiful Fashion Night Out in the West Town Neighborhood Chicago will present a dynamic evening of fall/winter fashion & beauty trends and tips. ICON Model House beauties will strut the catwalk showcasing M.GO Fashion Company & Dynamic Salon Makeovers. In collaboration with local food and drink partners a tasting hour is included that will be topped off with a desert bar and Swag Beauty Bags. Attendees will also receive a 15% shopping event discount on handmade beauty product launch and fashion collections. Admission is free. For complete details, visit

Thursday, October 8

Virgin Hotels Chicago presents Chicago Fashion Incubator Designer Showcase
Virgin Hotels Chicago, The Commons Club
203 N. Wabash Ave.
Virgin Hotels Chicago is thrilled to support young designers and to help enhance the fashion community in Chicago at a fashion event showcasing the work of 10 emerging, Chicago-based designers from the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street including Anna BrownAgnes HamerlikOlivia HwangShruti KirtiStephanie KuhrGrace Lee-LimLagi NadeauTaneasha PruntyMasha Titievsky, and Gabrielle Zwick. Doors open at 4:30pm. Admission is free, but tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be requested by sending an email to

(PRO)jectUS presents STYLE BIAS: Street Style | Fashion Presentation & Marketplace

Block Thirty Seven
108 N. State St., 3rd Floor
5–10pm marketplace, 6pm fashion presentation
(PRO)jectUS presents the second annual Style Bias: Street Style Fashion Presentation and Marketplace featuring Chicago's next generation designers and artists along with established brands making up this year's runway program. The event begins at 5pm with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, featuring “mocktails” for the under 21 crowd provided by The Violet Hour. This event is sponsored by Kenneth Cole and the Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at the Chicago Community Trust. Admission is free, but registration is required. For registration information, please visit this event on Eventbrite.
For a preview, take a look inside of last year's presentation:

Happy Hour Shopping Party Featuring Chicago Brands

West Town: Squasht Boutique
2556 W. Chicago Ave.
Shop handmade, shop local and shop small with a Happy Hour Shopping Party featuring Squasht Boutiques house brands and receive a 20% storewide discount. Other Chicago apparel and accessory designers will also be featured including WulfkaAnna HovetKali Clothing, and Megan Lee Designs. Specialty cocktails by Jo Snow Syrups and light snacks will be served and admission is free.

Friday, October 9 presents the Art of Fashion Runway

Millennium Park, Chase Promenade
201 E. Randolph St.
6pm VIP cocktail reception and red carpet, 7:30pm runway show
Back for its ninth season, this popular show will feature new Spring/Summer 2016 collections from 10 of Chicago’s finest designers. Designers include past favorites Calvin Tran, Shernett Swaby, Eva Pazola and J.Toor. To purchase tickets, visit

Friday, October 9-Sunday, October 11


ALTAI Coats Designer Shopping Event

Wicker Park/Bucktown: ALTAI Coats
1917 N. Damen Ave.
Friday, Saturday 4-7pm; Sunday Noon-5pm
Discounts. Drinks. LuxuryCoats. Clair Barnes, designer of Altai Coats, will host an evening of shopping for luxury outwear, apparel and accessories. Attendees will receive discounts on the newest outwear styles. Admission is free. Wine and snacks will be provided.

Saturday, October 10 presents FashionChicago®

Millennium Park, Chase Promenade
201 E. Randolph St.
This shopping extravaganza features more than 30 of Chicago’s best apparel, jewelry and accessory designers. For a list of participating designers, visit or

The Fashion Market: Instillation Runway with Borris Powell

Downtown/Loop: Pink Sugar
23 W. Hubbard St., 4th Floor
Time tbd
Enjoy the runway and fashion instillation of one of Chicago's hottest fashion designers -- Borris Powell! Guests will be treated to an exciting look at his spring and fall collections as well as an opportunity to meet the dynamic and charming Borris Powell in an intimate setting. This is a not-to-be-missed fashion week runway event! Admission is $20. For more information,

Fashion Saves Lives Grand Opening Shopping Event

Roscoe Village: Monarch Thrift Shop
2866 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Doors open at 11am, fashion show at 7pm
Put your purchase dollars to building strong communities and look fabulous doing it at the Monarch Thrift Shop grand opening event, Fashion Saves Lives. The shopping event will feature sales, ribbon cutting by State Senator Iris Y. Martinez and Alderman Carlos Rosa, and a spectacular fashion presentation styled by Internationally published celebrity stylist and owner of couture designs, Verneccia LaShay Fashion House. Admission is free. For more information visit,

Fashion Forward 2015! Emerging Designer Runway

East Lakeview: Second Unitarian Church of Chicago
656 W. Barry Ave.
Fashion Forward 2015! Emerging designer runway showcases hosted by the Fashion Market featuring some of Chicago’s top emerging talent including Rich CasualSuper Tight ApparelM.H.O.D.Luz Esparza Design, Alecia Denise and E. Kaye Collection. Admission is free but RSVP is requested,

“Inspired” Fashion and Art Exhibition 

Ashburn/Wrightwood: Gallery Seven Nine
2449 W. 79th St.
VIP early entry 6pm; doors open 6:45pm; show starts 7pm
"Inspired" is a collaborative fashion and art exhibition that takes a unique look at fashion and those who wear it. Gallery Seven Nine hosts this groundbreaking program with artists that post new boundaries and expose self-reflecting truths through fashion, spoken word and art with Chicago-based designer Ms. Khalilah of Cayenne Couture Atelier, and the art of Rain Wilson, inspired by the book, Diesecting Imperfections, by Davi M. Guest. Ticket prices range from $45-75. VIP ticketholders have early entry, an exclusive meet and greet with the artists and receive a gift bag with fashionable treats. After the show event attendees can walk through the exhibit and enjoy cocktails/beverages and hors d’oeuvres. For more information visit Free admission to the exhibit on October 11.

Innovators Wanted: Modern Day Threads Runway Event

Avondale: Avondale Park
3516 W. School St.
Modern Day Threads Runway Show is presented by J.Inspired Events and will feature 7-8 emerging and pioneers of contemporary design including Chicago designers Annie AGidiIridiumPRSVR, and Alex Carter along with other American designers, the Yen Company and Chevalier Homme. This event is an introduction to a new bi-annual event in Chicago that will be open to all emerging designers. The theme for this program, "Innovators Wanted," is a call to encourage fashion designers and celebrate the current pioneers of contemporary fashion. Tickets are $30 – 60. VIP ticket holders receive free gift bags. To purchase tickets for the runway and RSVP free 21+ age post-show industry mixer at City Soles, 1514 N Milwaukee Ave visit,

Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11


Northern Grade Menswear Selling Event

Wicker Park/Bucktown: The Chop Shop
2033 W. North Ave.
11am–7pm Saturday, 11 am–5pm Sunday
Northern Grade, the mobile menswear market, will feature vendors of products manufactured in the United States, including Chicago vendors Stock Manufacturing Co. and Field Notes. Items for sale include apparel, footwear, gear, games, paper goods, grooming supplies and much more.

Chicago Fashion Incubator Designer Shopping Event

Downtown/Loop: iD
375 W. Erie St.
A fashion trunk show and selling event with the designers from the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street including past and current designers in residence Agnes Hamerlik, Lagi Nadeau, Olivia Hwang, Anna Brown, Alyssa Kahle, Shruti Kirti, Grace Lee-Lim, Masha Titievsky and Gabrielle Zwick. For more information, please visit: Admission is free.

Sunday, October 11


FaSHUN 101 with Shun Melson: The Basics for Fashion Stylists

Near West Side: Kiwi’s Boutique
1015 S. Western Ave.
FaSHUN 101 is an introduction to the basic principles behind the styling business. This course is designed for you to learn all the secrets from experienced fashion stylist, Shun Melson. Topics include: how to get started in the fashion industry; how to earn revenue; personal shopping tips; and what should be in your stylist kit. This course includes the inside secrets on client retention, the importance of the high-low fashion industry, and provide the necessities that every aspiring stylist should have in their closet. The course fee is $399 and includes a swag bag and brunch. Register here:

The Blending of Art, Fashion and Life Shopping Event

Pilsen: Maybe Sunday
1711 S. Halsted St., Suite 1
Maybe Sunday is a conceptual retail experience featuring contemporary, Chicago-based designer apparel, lifestyle accessories and fine art. Come share a toast with the designers and artists and shop Chicago’s freshest fashions for men and women. Featuring fashion designers include Maybe Sunday, ZachNF, PearNova, and VeggieSomething and artists Jason GuoMcKenzie Thompson,Geoffrey Alan RhodesYuge Zhou, and Joe India. Admission is free.

Are you a designer or fashion entrepreneur in or around Chicago?  Looking to get into the Chicago market?  Submit your info here to make your mark!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

Dear's Fashion - Grand Opening!

Get ready fashionistas!  Dear's Fashion is opening in the Chicago suburb of Broadview, and it's going to be a must-attend event. 

Hosted by Ideal Parties, Dear's will get a fabulous into into the retail market.

Come out for fashion, mixing and mingling!

Friday, September 4, 2015

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

Fashion Dreams and Kiva Zip--

We are all about helping dreams come true here at B.A.F.F.L.E.D., and of course fashion dreams have a special place.  So many designers and fashion enthusiasts spend a lot of time creating and producing, but must devote effort working to get the word out on their brands, too.   

We're here to help in getting the word out.  Kiva Zip-- similar to Indiegogo and Go Fund Me--is taking flight in Chicago and across the country.  They are providing small business loans for entrepreneurs, letting them put the most focus on creating while not feeling pressed about promotion, overhead, etc. 

Kiva Zip is a non-profit 501c3 organization and an online platform that crowdfunds 0% interest, no fee microloans up to $5,000 for entrepreneurs and small businesses who might otherwise be denied loans by traditional financial institutions. Instead of basing loans on credit scores or collateral, loans are based on character and the strength of the entrepreneur's network, something called "social capital". Kiva Zip has helped over 25 local Chicago entrepreneurs receive loans to take their business to the next level. They have 56K+ lenders on their platform and over 1,500 small business funded nationwide.

Learn more about Kiva Zip here.

But first, learn a little about Sopihstiglam.  This entrepreneur has great style stories to share.

Alexis from Sophistiglam
Sophistaglam started back in 2013 as women's online clothing store. I decided to start the business just to bring in some extra income, when it sparked something in me I decided to go full force in 2014. One of my biggest challenges is getting inventory. Most of my orders are done on a presale basis, as the customers pay first and then I order products, which can cause a bit of a wait. My customers are women ranging from 16 and older looking to add some sophistication to their wardrobe and life.
The goals I have for my business is to one day have several physical locations and teach women how do dress around the world. What I am most proud of is that what it stands for is actually getting a great response, women are looking to glam up their lives with their wardrobe and they are coming to my online shop to do so.

Check out her full profile for more!

All the best to this fabulous lady, and remember to check out Kiva Zip to donate and definitely for your small business needs!

Monday, August 31, 2015

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Recognizes

Tuskegee NEXT: Exploration. Aviation. Innovation--

In a time when Black lives and their value are such a hot point of discussion, it's so refreshing to see an organization doing something positive and uplifting.  Tuskegee NEXT is on a mission to train and support Chicago-area minority youth in obtaining their pilots license.  Students will be introduced and immersed in the aerospace industry through education, mentoring, life skills, and real flight training behind the clouds.  Opportunities and organizations like this are so necessary.  This is remarkable. 

This organization is important because of the options it provides to youngsters possibly believing they have limits.  Tuskegee NEXT is taking mentorship to the next level--opening doors where they may have been locked shut or unrevealed.  They are standing on the wings of the trailblazing Tuskegee Airmen.

So far, students have been super excited to participate in the program and share the experience with their family and friends.  Chicago's CBS affiliate has even spotlighted the organization, giving much credit where it's due.

In their own words, Tuskegee NEXT seeks to highlight and develop math and science skills in minority students with interest in the aerospace industry--all in collaboration with the Tuskegee Airmen Chicago "DODO" Chapter.  With that kind of support, what more could you ask for?!

Check them out on the web, get your future pilot enrolled, and to be a sponsor click here!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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