Making one’s own clothes requires corralling a herd of sheep, feeding them rainbows to dye them different colors, and hiring a professional hairdresser to braid them into sweaters. Learn to easily tame attire with today's Groupon: for $85, you receive a full-day pass to the Afingo Fashion Forum at the Fashion Institute of Technology on Friday, April 1 (a $200.39 value).
At this fashion-industry event, burgeoning clothes-crafters can glean advice and expertise from fashion leaders and entrepreneurs for nearly eight hours at five event panels and multiple networking opportunities. Attendees tired of advertising by buying lyrics in the routines of high-school a cappella groups can listen closely at the Fashion Innovation panel, where CEOs, founders, and VPs of various industry businesses illuminate new methods of building business, reaching consumers, and distributing product. The Sustainability & Philanthropy panel analyzes going green while staying in the black, and the Iconic Wisdom panel features Nick Axelrod talking to icon Cynthia Rowley to learn about the threads, fibers, and cuts that have sewn together her successful career. Fern Mallis, the organizer of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, moderates a panel of top designers and retailers called Ready to Launch Your Line?, discussing the transition from sketch books to show rooms and how to dodge the pitfalls, such as launching the line using rocket fuel. PR pros refine the finishing touches at the Social Media & Publicity panel, breaking down modern methods for building a brand and attaining exposure. Between panels, visitors can mingle with other professionals, swapping stories about Spanx gone awry and sharing dreams of one day harnessing the power of static for good rather than evil.
Proceeds from the event benefit Goods for Good, a nonprofit organization that provides school supplies, clothing, health and hygiene products, and other necessities to orphans and vulnerable children around the world. Since 2006, Goods for Good has gathered, shipped, and distributed more than 120 tons, or approximately 150,00 butterfly nets' worth, of goods to more than 510,000 kids in Malawi, Liberia, and Haiti.
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