ATLANTA, May 1 2014 - With Atlanta’s success in music and most recently film and television, RAGTRADE Atlanta is excited to launch a platform for the city’s next big industry - fashion. RAGTRADE Atlanta will debut on August 30, 2014 at the historic Piedmont Park and will feature a full day of runway shows highlighting the top retailers, independent fashion designers and students across the southeast.
RAGTRADE Atlanta was created by a group of industry professionals who are passionate about developing a vibrant and globally recognized fashion community for the city of Atlanta. The goal is to discover and promote independent fashion designers worldwide by providing a space for fresh talent to showcase their designs to leaders in the fashion community including buyers, editors, retailers and key influencers.
“Bringing the Atlanta fashion community together will help in gathering more exposure for the talent that exists in the city,” states Angela Watts, RAGTRADE Atlanta co-chair.
“RAGTRADE Atlanta remains committed to the economic growth of the region's fashion, design and retail communities. Our goal is to utilize this platform to create a cohesive community,” co-chair, Katie Kern continues.
The organization will produce a series of events that will include business development workshops, quality fashion presentations and a premier runway show.
The featured designer lineup will include 2014 Charleston Fashion Week “Emerging Designer of the Year” winner, Anna Toth, NBC’s Fashion Star contestant Edmond Newton, 2010 Charleston Fashion Week “Emerging Designer of the Year” winner, Larika Page, as well as former W Magazine intern and a favorite amongst Atlanta socialites, Tian Justman. Designers Nicci Hou and Natt Taylor will also grace the runway in August. Nicci Hou’s expanding celebrity clientele includes Kelly Rowland, Toni Braxton, Michelle Williams and Glee star, Amber Riley, while Natt Taylor’s growing media buzz includes features in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Daily Candy Atlanta, and rave reviews from Macy’s buyers and other local boutiques.
RAGTRADE Atlanta has garnered major support from fashion and beauty’s top industry leaders including Modern Luxury, CLICK Models of Atlanta, Stila Cosmetics and Bauder College. In addition, RAGTRADE Atlanta accomplished a new milestone by gaining the support from the city of Atlanta.
The event will kick-off at 10:30 a.m. with the opening of the style lounge complete with fashion and beauty vendors, music and cocktails. Runway shows will begin at 12:30 p.m. under the main tent and will showcase the Bauder College Senior Juried Collection. Retail shows will follow at 4 p.m.and featured designer shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. ***Schedule is subject to change***
Pre-sale tickets for the Bauder College Senior Juried Collection and retail runway show will go on sale on June 1, 2014.
RAGTRADE Atlanta is currently accepting applications for our style lounge, retail runway shows and volunteers. If you are interested in participating in this year’s event, or for more information about RAGTRADE Atlanta, please visit: www.ragtradeatlanta.com
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