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FGI-AZ Presents: Apparel Manufacturing from A to Z

Win $1000: PHXFW Upcycle Challenge

Fashion Classes at MCC

LabelHorde Seeking "Sew-cial" Media Manager

ACI's Fashion Events at PAM

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The Complex World Of Apparel Manufacturing
& How AZ Brands Can Make It Work!


LOCATION:  DIEGO MILANO 7326 East Evans Road, Suite E, Scottsdale 85260 (Scottsdale Airpark, just east of Scottsdale Road between Thunderbird and Butherus) 

6PM NETWORKING:  Bring your business cards ~ Mix and mingle with fellow fashionistas!

6:30PM PRESENTATION: Learn about the complexities of the apparel manufacturing process and how local brands navigate the lack of manufacturing resources in Arizona. Angela Johnson, an award winning, eco-friendly clothing designer with nearly 20 years of experience in the fashion industry as a Designer, Production Manager, Educator, Consultant, FGI-AZ RD and founder of LabelHorde: AZ's Hautest Local Fashion Directory, will share her experience and technical knowledge about the manufacturing process. 

7:30PM TOUR OF DIEGO MILANO:  Diego Milano is a luxury denim company who has set up their manufacturing facility at the Scottsdale Airpark.  Keeping Arizona as the company's home base, DM is attempting to lay the groundwork for the apparel manufacturing industry to grow in the Valley of the Sun.  We will tour their facility to see the actual equipment used in manufacturing.   

8:30PM RAFFLE: Upgraded LabelHorde Directory listing valued at $120/year! LabelHorde is an online directory of fashion businesses operating outside of typical fashion industry cities. It is a place for fashion businesses to network, collaborate and share resources. 

COST:  Members $35 / Non-members $45 / Students $25

GIVE BACK: Help at risk teen girls! Bring new or gently used items or a $10 Target gift card to donate to Florence Crittenton. For a more specific wish list from Florence Crittenton contact Nicole Bissing, FGI-AZ Outreach Coordinator at:

WIN $1000


I'm judging this year's Little Black Dress Challenge for Phoenix Fashion Week. This year's its an upcycling challenge where you pick up a LBD from Goodwill and upcycle it into something runway worthy!  If you like upcycling as much as I do, I'd love to see what you can do!

AND you can win $1000 in cash and prizes!
Click here for details.


Mesa Community College


TEC 102 Strategic Fashion Business Planning
Instructor: LabelHorde founder Angela Johnson
Starts this Saturday, September 12th from 9a,-1pm and runs for 4 consecutive Saturdays.
Topics Covered:
Week 1: Entrepreneurship, Business Entity, Taxes, Niche, Mission, Business Plan
Week 2: Branding and Digital Marketing
Week 3: Creating a cohesive collection (the formula that generates sales), Sampling, Sourcing, Costing a garment, Tech Packs
Week 4: Apparel Manufacturing

TEC 103 Developing Your Fashion Business
Instructor: LabelHorde Attorney Stephen Nebgen
Starts October 10th from 9am-1pm and runs for 4 consecutive Saturdays.
Topics Covered:
Legal issues, copyright, trademark, taxes, business entity/type, etc...

Go to to find these classes and more. Look for TEC102 and TEC103


Seeking "Sew-cial" Media Director


Interested in helping to scaffold the AZ fashion industry and grow with us? We are looking for a passionate volunteer to manage our social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This is a volunteer position. In exchange for your service,  you will receive an ad on and an upgraded directory listing at no charge. You will also be included on our Staff page. This position is perfect for a local fashion marketing student or graduate or a local professional who is passionate about the fashion industry and our efforts to support it. Must have social media experience. Must be able to take initiative and fulfill responsibilities without continual prompting and possess the ability to quickly respond.

Email your resume and a cover letter to us at


Fashion Events at the Phoenix Art Museum

Find these events and more all on our AZ Fashion Calendar here

Holiday Luncheon with Fern Mallis (Dec 8)
Patricia Underwood Luncheon (Sept 9)
Thea Porter Bohemian Chic Lecture (Oct 14)
Elsa Schiaparelli Lecture (Nov 11)
Lecture with the author of Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano (Oct 21)
Gianfranco Ferre discussion (Oct 31)

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