Wear It Bright
Alicia Janesko Caftans and Resort Wear
Alicia Janesko began her caftan line with the intention to create bespoke pieces for women that wanted to move beyond the typical cover-up's and casual resort pieces offered today. Alicia’s pieces are designed to move from day to night and are designed to move with the curves of a woman. She is inspired by vintage caftan designs, reinterpreted for a modern world. Each piece utilizes luxurious fabrics that travel well, hand detailing and provide a stylish solution for any event.
Alicia's studio is located in Kansas City. Her designs have appeared in numerous fashion shows such as Kansas City Fashion Week, West 18th Street Fashion Show and Adorn. Her designs have also been featured in various publications both regionally and nationally.
To see more, visit aliciajanesko.com.
Amina Marie Millinery
Amina Marie Millinery designs are one-of-a-kind custom creations. Each bespoke hat design is a hand-sewn, sculpted piece of art created to suit the wearer’s hair and eye color, profile and unique proportions.
Amina prides herself in creating the perfect wearable treasure to fit each individual, and uses the finest materials, including fur felt, sinamay, parasisal straw, fish leather, leather and silk.
She was the only American finalist in the world wide 2015 James Lock & Co annual millinery competition in London, and studied textiles at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.
To see more, visit aminamariemillinery.com.
Cheryl Eve Acosta / Sculptural Jewelry
Womenswear | Women's Accessories
Cheryl Eve Acosta creates sculptural jewelry inspired by the Cycle of Life. Her Caribbean and French backgrounds inspired her unique sensibility and appreciation for coastal life.
She earned an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Jewelry & Metals and exhibits and sells her jewelry nationally and internationally.
Cheryl was commissioned to design a brooch for former secretary of state Madeleine Albright and a wall installation was acquisitioned by TMC’s permanent art collection. She has participated at the KC Fashion Week, 18th St. Fashion Show and TMC’s Fashion for a Cause and will be at the Plaza Art Fair this September.
To see more, visit cheryleve.com.
Designer: Christian Micheal Shuster
christianMICHEAL is a modern menswear label for the style conscious and fashion forward modern man. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, menswear designer Christian Micheal Shuster found a love for art and fashion at a very young age. A self-taught designer Christian has spent the past 8 years teaching himself the art of tailoring and expanding his skill level on the cutting table and sewing machine. Focused on cutting edge design with high quality craftsmanship the christianMICHEAL design label has quickly become one of the most recognized and respected design labels in Kansas City and across the Midwest. Showing menswear collections on the runway with Kansas City Fashion Week, Omaha Fashion Week, and Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week.
To see more, visit christianmicheal.com.
Heidi Herrman’s life as a designer has taken her to many interesting places over the course of the last 20+ years. Heidi has lived on both coasts and has designed garments for retail, stage production and film. With womenswear being in her heart, she launched Heidi Herrman in the Fall of 2013. Heidi’s designs are a nod to past eras with a modern twist. Her design voice has been well received in the Kansas City community and her work has been featured in several publications and broadcasts in both local and national markets.
To see more, visit heidiherrman.com.
Jennifer Janesko’s mission is to create sleek and expertly balanced accessory designs for women with a modern aesthetic.
Janesko’s fine art background allows her to apply the fundamentals of fine art to each design, focusing on balance, composition, color and texture. Her education in fashion design and styling provides her with the experience to transform an abstract concept into a wearable piece of art. Creating a big idea in a simple way by going beyond what is expected to execute designs in a thoughtful manner.
Janesko believes in the power of details and their ability to immediately communicate a mood and reflect the personality of the owner. Her goal is to create jewelry designs that become keepsakes, treasures and heirlooms while they stand the test of time.
To see more, visit janesko.com.
Womenswear | Women's Accessories
Designer of fabric, home textiles and beautiful clothes, Joscelyn has spent her lifetime creating and developing her skill set. The love of color, and natural elements constantly reflects in her work. Pattern placement combined with her unique palette, fit, and unique design sense is what brings back her loyal clients again and again.
To see more, visit jhtextiles.com.
Katie Lee is a bridal and evening wear line based in Lenexa, Kansas. Founded by designer Kate Nickols, the line is known for high fashion, couture gowns that are modern and elegant. Nickols collaborates with women to design and create custom dresses for any special occasion. Katie Lee gowns are handmade from the finest fabrics with quality construction and impeccable finishing details.
Nickols has enjoyed participating in shows such as Kansas City Fashion Week and West 18th Street Fashion Show. She is looking forward to showcasing her Spring/Summer 2016 collection of bridal and evening gowns on the KCFW runway in September.
To see more visit, katieleebridal.com.
Lily Dawson Designs
Lily Dawson dreams up her colorful statement jewelry pieces from her home studio. Her love of fashion at a young age planted the seed and has taken her from her hometown of Columbia, Missouri to Los Angeles and back again to the Midwest. During downtime you can find Lily at a cutely curated shop, local brewhouse, a bright yoga studio or in her backyard enjoying the sunshine.
To see more, visit lilydawsondesigns.com.
Womenswear | Women's Accessories | Menswear | Men's Accessories
Maegan Stracy is a multimedia artist and designer interested in the intersection between one-of-a-kind garments and contemporary art. Through material choices and investigations, Stracy creates pieces that appeal to us on a visceral level. To create these tactile surfaces, Stracy references the history of fiber, fashion and textile production. By using new and updated materials, Stracy aims to recontextualize traditional processes.
Stracy’s most recent projects include, acting as the Designer Curator for the W. 18th St. Fashion Show and a pop-up shop with Wacky Wacko in Los Angeles, CA.
More of Stracy’s work can be found at maeganstracy.com.
As a second-generation Goldsmith, Erica Voetsch (b. 1986, Kansas City, MO) has been in and around metals studios and master jewelers all her life. She received her BFA in Design and Metalsmithing from the University of Kansas in 2009. During her studies, she traveled to Finland to study Design with an emphasis on Silversmithing.
It was at that time that she began blurring the boundaries between fine jewelry and traditional millinery to create her signature work, Sterling Silver Fascinators.
In 2012, Voetsch started Majendie, a line of unique jewelry and headpieces. The collections celebrate an ethereal, feminine power realized through supreme craft and innovative wearability.
To see more, visit majendiejewelry.com.
Womenswear | Menswear
Margie Hogue is a fashion designer committed to advancing the fit and function of apparel with responsibly sourced materials and talent. Primed with a background in pattern design, custom tailoring and ethical fashion brand entrepreneurship, Hogue's aim is to contribute to our human experience by way of fostering opportunity for all makers and shakers as well as incorporating surprise and entertainment in wearable fashion. Residing in Lawrence, KS, Hogue designs menswear for Lee in Kansas City and contributes consultation and design to ethical fashion brand Awava based in Kampala, Uganda.
To see more, visit margiehogue.com.
Paolini Garment Company
Menswear | Men's Accessories
Building on his family's pedigree in the clothing industry, Tom wanted to get the Paolini name back in the garment trade. He has focused on building a clothing brand that stands for quality and customer service and bringing enjoyment back to the experience of fine custom men's clothing.
He founded his business in early 2009 and has created custom suits and shirts for clientele across the United States and Canada ever since. Paolini Garment Company has outfitted an impressive crowd, such as established, influential businessmen; young, up-and-coming leaders; and coaches and athletes in all major sports, including the MLS, and is the Official Clothier of Sporting Kansas City.
To see more, visit paolinigarment.com.
Present. By, Rachel Anne Gottlieb
Rachel Anne Gottlieb is owner and creative director of Present. by, Rachel Anne Gottlieb. She is a fashion designer, stylist, and artist. Since moving to Kansas City this year, she has produced three collections, and participated in both Kansas City Fashion Week, and the West 18th Street Fashion Show. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Woman's Wear in 2012. Her collections are incredibly versatile, both in style and formality, and her designs can be manipulated to fit any desire, mood, or occasion. In addition to her collections, Gottlieb takes custom orders, catering to any need that a client may have.
To see more, visit rachelannegottlieb.com.
Robyn Nichols claims metalsmithing with precious metals and horticulture as her life’s career. She revels in her relationship with the study of plants and nature that surrounds them. The natural world seems to converse with her as is obvious in her museum quality work of natural motifs.
Robyn’s hand-made work is collected nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of four major museums. Close to home, three pieces are housed in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Robyn creates from silver and gold; wearable art (jewelry), tableware, hollowware, sculpture, Judaica and corporate gifts, awards and commissions.
To see more, visit robynnichols.com.
Sara Cramer Jewelry
Sara Cramer graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2010 with a BFA in graphic design and interdisciplinary arts. In the past she’s found worked with an overwhelming variety of materials. Sara’s interests range from interior design and bookbinding to fashion. She is obsessed with learning new processes in areas of printmaking, photography, fibers, sculpture and the list could go on! One day Sara created a project for herself to simply, make a thing a day. There were no restrictions other than she had to make something everyday. So, Sara dug through an extensive art supply collection left over from school and found a material to start working with—square glass beads.
This experiment started as a way to keep Sara’s hands and mind from going idle. What she didn't realize is that she was creating things in a state of play, with no pressure or preconceived notions of the final piece. Sara started showing the designs in her live/work studio and the response was so positive, she ended up creating a business and lifestyle selling this jewelry collection of more than 50 designs.
To see more visit, saracramerjewelry.com.
Sarah E. Xeno
Sarah E. Xeno is inspired by natural flora and patterns in nature. The visual seduction of natural things lies within the principles of mathematics confluent with biological morphology.
Sarah utilizes a binary printmaking process and applies it sculpturally to sheet metal. She is fixated upon making metal "lacey" with pierced holes. The resulting veil is an object through which the body of the wearer can be seen yet is concealed. She is pattern-making. The root of Xeno’s practice is drawing, both meditative and repetitious.
Sarah E. Xeno has been working as a professional and custom jeweler since 2012. She studied drawing and painting at the Kansas City Art Institute.
To see more, visit xenostudiodesigns.com.
A multidisciplinary designer, Sarah Nelsen creates sleek, sophisticated silhouettes for the modern woman. Her garments are meticulously crafted and intended to last a lifetime. She believes in the power and beauty of slow fashion and prides herself on being involved with all stages of the design process.
A graduate of the University of Kansas’ design program, Sarah also studied at the London College of Fashion and has presented multiple collections in the West 18th Street Fashion Show as well as Truman Medical Centers’ Fashion for a Cause. An advocate of the blossoming creative scene in Kansas City, Sarah has collaborated with local performing arts group, Quixotic and was commissioned to create a ballet costume for the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
To see more, visit sarah-nelsen.com.
Tabbetha McCale Evans
Womenswear | Women's Accessories
Tabbetha McCale Evans, a Kansas City native, designs textiles, clothing, and jewelry. She has designed for Peruvian Connection for the last twenty years. Deeply inspired by ethnic hand-made textiles, she translates those inspirations into knitting, felting, and printed textiles transforming them into bohemian inspired clothing. Tabbetha launched her own jewelry line in 2013, including one of a kind and small production runs of pieces made from felt, beads, and metals. Mostly using brass, copper, and sometimes silver, the jewelry also has a bohemian flair. In 2015 Tabbetha was fortunate enough to be included in the West 18th Street Fashion show “Invitiational Summer”.
To see more, visit tabbetha.com.
Womenswear | Women's Accessories
Translating the aesthetics of street art into ready to wear fashion and textile design is the main focus of the WHITNEYMANNEY label, acknowledging the principles of street art: involvement of the hand, the pace of creating new imagery and the unique quality of each motif has remained a source of inspiration for the label. Remaining artistically involved in every process of garment development allows creative freedom without restrictions. We create clothing and accessories for the woman who enjoys a hybrid between maximum comfort and high fashion. Each collection is created with a woman in mind who is not afraid to express her individuality in everything she does, leaving the role of being average to the rest of the world.
To see more, visit whitneymanney.com.