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.

4/27/2019 — Bavlnka Brand Open House

Stop by Studio Bavlnka for an Open House!

Come say hi to Laura and see the new space:

Saturday, April 27th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 28th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

5209 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected] for discount.)

For questions, please contact: [email protected]

Click Here to Register!

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

3/10/2019 – RUNWAY YOUR WAY – Girls Empowerment Fashion Show: Benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)

Maddy is raising money for LLS through the Students of the Year program in honor of her uncle who lost his battle with Leukemia this past October. She has been involved in fashion for half of her young life and is using her experience as a way to raise money while at the same time empower girls through positive thoughts and self-affirmation.

The program partners with IAMSEEME, a girl EMPOWERMENT clothing brand, that has a similar mission. IAMISEEME encourages girls to define themselves first, never letting others dictate who they want you to be. This brand promotes empowering words and messages for you to read for yourself, as you look in the mirror affirming the person you are inside.

If you, a friend, or family member would like to participate, come experience the runway! All girls are welcome! Rehearsal and coaching, light hair and make-up will be offered. Join Maddy as she puts together a POWERFUL GIRL SQUAD for the most uplifting FASHION SHOW this city has ever seen.

Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Casablanca – 17800 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield WI

Visit for more information. Model registration opens on Feb. 5th, 2019.

Follow @iamiseeme on Instagram for updates.