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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Brooklyn Fashion Week{end}: A melting pot of talent

Pic from past BK Fashion Week{end}
As I am living and blogging in Brooklyn (BK), I also want to shed some light on what is happening in this great and eclectic neighborhood of NYC. BK Fashion Week(end) takes place from September 27 – 30, 2012 and will be showcasing emerging designers from around the world in Brooklyn. APiF asked the organizers a couple of questions.

APiF: What is BK Fashion Week{end} and who is behind it?
BKFW: BK Fashion Week{end} (BKFW) is presented by the 501c3 non-profit organization Brooklyn Style Foundation (BSF). BKFW has emerged as one of the leading fashion events showcasing the talent of aspiring designers across the globe. Attendees include a diverse spectrum of socially conscious, influential, fashion-forward men and women.

APiF: What is the objective?
BKFW: Established in 2006, The Brooklyn Style Foundation (BSF) has devoted each season of BKFW to support charitable organizations including The Abner Louima Foundation, MTV Staying Alive Foundation and the Japan Society.

BSF lends a voice to issues including human rights, HIV/AIDS awareness, community development and leadership training. In 2007 we established a partnership with the William H. Maxwell High School in the disadvantaged East New York section of Brooklyn. The following year, BSF started Stitch for Success to help low income individuals earn income from fashion-related fields, which has grew into an internship and job training program in 2011.

APiF: Why does NY need another Fashion Week?
BKFW: We feel the need to support emerging national and international designers and the talent in the Borough of Brooklyn. Brooklyn is a melting pot of talent. Most designers don't have the opportunity to showcase their brand in a professional setting outside of NY Fashion Week, we are here to fill the gap and showcase amazing talent.

APiF: Who can apply and when is the deadline?
BKFW: We encourage all designers to apply, the deadline is August 30th or until we fill all the slots.

APiF: Which BK designer(s) count to your favorites and why?
BKFW: We have several known and less known designers, and we are also proud of all the small boutiques and shops in Brooklyn. The designers from our past events are posted on our website and they are all favorites. For the event in September we have 2 designers who already completed all the requirements: Melissa Squire (left) and Abiosé Massaquoi (top). 
 

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