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Taylor Banister

08/08/2019 – Milwaukee Fashion Initiative Summer Happy Hour

Let’s Celebrate Summer!

Join fellow Milwaukee Fashion Initiative members for an informal happy hour at the Iron Horse Hotel on Thursday, August 8th. We hope to see you there for a night of good drink and good conversation!

Date: Thursday, August 8th
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W. Florida Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Please note this event will not be sponsored by MFI. Guests are responsible for purchasing their own food/beverages.

5/10/2019 — Fashionable Tea and Runway Fashion Show

Join Mount Mary University President Dr. Christine Parr and fashion designer and MMU alumna Donna Ricco (’81) for afternoon tea and conversation prior to the CREO Student Designer Fashion Show.

When: Friday, May 10th
3:00 p.m. Afternoon Tea; 5:00 p.m. Fashion Show

Where: Mount Mary University, 2500 N. Menomonee River Parkway
Tea in Helfaer Hall; Fashion Show in the Bloechl Center

Register: Tickets for Fashionable Tea or other showtimes are available at

Tickets include hot beverages, scones, sweets, and savory delights as well as priority reserved seating in the President’s Section of the 5:00 p.m. fashion show. Parking is free.

Sponsored by Collectivo Coffee and Troubadour Bakery.

5/01/2019 — Milwaukee Fashion Initiative’s Spring Pop-Up Shop

We hope you can join us at our Spring Pop-Up Shop!

Wednesday, May 1 — 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the US Bank Building — 777 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Galleria Conference Room

Step away from the office on Wednesday, May 1st to shop local Milwaukee businesses and designers, mingle with other professionals, and add exclusive pieces from up-and-coming designers to your spring wardrobe!

This unique event features pop-up shops from Milwaukee businesses and juried designers, including:

  • Ana Popa
  • Annabelle Does
  • Bavlnka Brand
  • CAM Collective
  • Canela-Canela
  • CH Molloy
  • Distinctive Designs by Tomira
  • Eleganceforyou
  • Erik of Norway
  • Gearhead Fashion
  • Hollyville
  • LM by Lupita Murillo
  • Madalyn Joy Designs
  • Mt. Mary University
  • Ontal
  • SK Fiber Studio
  • Stan’s Fit For Your Feet
  • Stars and Stripes Collective
  • The Brimful Life
  • Vali Originals
  • Zing Boutique

For more information about the Showcase, please contact

3/23/2019 – Educational Seminar and Workshop

Do you have a brand or line idea? Do you have samples of your product?

Do you know who your customer is? Do you know how to source a manufacturer?

Do you know how to cost your product? Do you know what retailers are even looking for?

On March 23rd, join three experienced industry professionals who will cover topics across product development, merchandising strategies, design, textiles, quality assurance, sourcing and manufacturing.

Get ready to cover some of the most overlooked aspects of launching your brand.

Who: Industry Professionals, Sarah Ferrence of Mod. Merchant, Lynne Dixon-Speller of Edessa School of Fashion, and Kelly Mutsch of Ram Group Inc.

What: Educational Seminar and Workshop

When: March 23, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  (Please arrive between 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. for registration)

Where: Foley & Lardner LLP, US Bank Building, 777 E. Wisconsin Ave., 40th Floor, East Conference Room

Cost: $147 per person (Save $50 with a discount code for MFI Members! Contact for discount.)

For questions, please contact:

Click Here to Register!

2/28/2019 – Introducing Ontal Active Apparel to Zing Boutique

On Thursday, February 28, come to Zing Boutique and experience the difference in creating your own active apparel look with Ontal Custom Active Apparel.

Some styles will be available for immediate purchase, or create your own personalized selections at special show prices!

Date: Thursday, February 28th
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm CT
Location: Zing Boutique – 302 N. Franklin St., Port Washington, WI 53074

3/07/2019 — Red Dress Collection

Support members of the Milwaukee Fashion Initiative and fashion businesses around Milwaukee at this year’s Red Dress Collection presented by Gerhard’s, Faye’s, Mount Mary, and the Wisconsin Beef Council.

Donations will go towards preventing heart disease and stroke.

For more information and to sign up, click here.

Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 5:30 – 7:30PM
Location: Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202