Portland Fashion Week is a production of Portland Fashion Council, LLC.
Portland Fashion Week was born in 2002 from a Portland fashion incubator and is now the 3rd longest running fashion week after New York and LA. In 2012, founding member Tod Foulk teamed up with fashion industry professionals Sarabeth Chambers and Jessica Kane.
The Sundance of Fashion Weeks
Portland Fashion Week® is an experience like no other merging a high fashion production with the Portlander appreciation for art, music, sustainable living and community involvement. As the nation’s third longest running fashion week behind New York and Los Angeles, and recently named the #1 Major City Fashion Week to attend, will celebrate its 10 year anniversary September 2013 with a renewed vision, a new downtown Portland location and change in management.
Portland Fashion Week® continues to be one of the most sought-after events in the Northwest, setting the stage for high-level brands, products, and services. The five-day affair showcases the industry’s most notable designers exclusively to industry professionals through world-class runway shows, guaranteeing brand exposure to Portland Oregon and fashion elite.
With the top-notch guest list and global media coverage, Portland Fashion Week® reaches nearly 2 million consumers a year, and continues to grow every year.
The mission of Portland Fashion Week® is to enhance the region’s apparel design and retail economy by marketing Portland as a preferred fashion creating and buying destination.
The Portland Fashion Week Schedule will feature the highest production values, live entertainment, parties around the city and fashion inspirations representing the diverse city we love, but most importantly focusing on connecting the consumer to the seller and the designer to the buyer.
Re-envisioned from the ground up, meet the new Portland Fashion Week®!
Designer Selection Process
Designers will submit their designs to a carefully selected panel of fashion experts, buyers, editors, and producers, who will evaluate all submissions, and chose the best and brightest to showcase on the Portland Fashion Week® Runway. Unlike previous years, designers chosen to be a part of Portland Fashion Week® will not be responsible for production costs, instead a submission fee will grant their line consideration.
Giving Back to the Community
Portland Fashion Week® will dedicate each of the 5 nights of fashion to a different local charity. Highlighting their mission and goals, each spotlighted organization will receive a portion of Portland Fashion Week® proceeds as well as public donations to their cause.
We have decided to bring Portland Fashion Week® back to where it belongs, the heart of Portland! We feel the location of the event is equally as important as the fashion shown, it represents the city of Portland and we want to make Portlanders proud.
Along with the 3 day catwalk show events, the schedule has been increased to include an additional 7 days of satellite events throughout the city, allowing Portland Fashion Week® to fully showcase the different facets of Portland’s fashion culture.
We believe that Portland Fashion Week® needs to integrate all that Portlanders hold near to their stylish hearts, including art and music. Therefore, the new Portland Fashion Week® production will feature eye-catching stage design and lighting, live music entertainment during the runway shows, live music after party events, a fireworks showcase, art installations in the PFW Pavilion and much more.
Honoring Mother Earth – Environmental Ethos
We believe that Portland Fashion Week® needs to recommit and re-integrate a concept all Portlanders respect: an environmental ethos.
Though lauded for our previous work, we will be incorporating additional sustainable aspects to the production of Portland Fashion Week®. From our brand new sustainable bamboo runway, to offsetting our carbon footprint with the world’s only fashion week carbon mitigation replanting project, to featuring low consumptive LED lighting, on-site recycling program, commitment to recycled printing and business practices, locally crafted and distilled beers, wines and spirits and fusing regional and seasonal foods in our gourmet catering. We want to showcase what makes Portland not only unique and fashionable, but livable as well.
Giving Retailers a Chance to Shine Too
Portland has much to offer, including some of the best independent boutiques in the country. Retailers will have the ability to submit their boutique for runway show consideration. Retailers as well as designers will have the ability to submit their boutique for runway show consideration.
Change in the Executive Production Team
The executive team has seen a change in membership. Founding member, Tod Foulk, will remain, adding new members Sarabeth Chambers and Jessica Kane to the team. Team biographies are included below. Former producers, Tito Chowdhury and Chris Cone, are no longer with Portland Fashion Week®. Previous reports that Portland Fashion Week® had been renamed FASHIONxT are false. FASHIONxT is the separate production of former Portland Fashion Week® producer Mr. Chowdhury, and is not affiliated in any way with Portland Fashion Week®.
Meet the team behind new Portland Fashion Week®.
Executive Director ~ Jessica Kane is an award winning entrepreneur, spokeswoman and social media/blogging pioneer who has been recognized by USA Today, CNN.com and CocoPerez.com. Her blog Life & Style of Jessica challenges the rules of fashion and body acceptance and reaches over 200,000 people around the world every month. Jessica has created a fashion media empire by empowering women through fashion, earning her the 2012 Portland Business Journal Woman of Influence Award. Using her 10 years of event production and marketing expertise, Jessica created the viral sensation Full Body Photo Project; founded and published the award winning SKORCH Magazine; created and produced the largest multicultural wedding show in North America calledWeddings of the World; consulted with over 50 companies on marketing and brand direction under her company Jessica Kane Agency; and has donated her expertise to numerous local charities. Before starting her agency, Mrs. Kane managed the marketing efforts for American Family Insurance OR/WA State Office, Jubitz Corporation, Aloft Portland Hotel and Sheraton Portland Hotel.
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Tod Hunter Foulk, philanthropist and founding member of Portland Fashion Week®, is a third-generation Portland native and a pioneer and mainstay in Portland Indie Fashion since 2000. With entrepreneurial ventures including his nationally sold fashion line “The Double Cross Belt Company”, and local fashion event production and promotion house “SEMPER Fashion“, Mr. Foulk has contributed millions of dollars to the Portland Oregon economy and charities through his productions of over 150 fashion related events. Through events such as The Annual “Portland Fashion & Style Awards“, “Rock the Runways”, The Annual “Better Living Show’s Eco-Chic Fashion Shows“, The “Weddings of the World” Multicultural Wedding Fashion Shows and more, Mr. Foulk holds his charity efforts near to his heart and includes a philanthropic element in every production he is involved with.
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Sarabeth Chambers is an award winning and internationally lauded Portland-based fashion designer and professional process design and quality engineer at Intel. Sarabeth joined the Portland fashion scene in 2003 as a member of the Portland Fashion Incubator with Mr. Foulk, and through her passion to support the local fashion industry, has mentored and sponsored up-and-coming fashion designers, seamstresses, models, photographers, hair and make-up artists, fabric designers and fiber artists. With a successful career in selling womenswear, swimwear, plus-sized fashion and high-end men’s underwear lines in the international market, she has been invited to show her work in numerous fashion weeks of the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Ottawa. Fashion is in Sarabeth’s blood: she comes from a long line of female artists and designers, and her designs have graced the red carpet of the Oscars® and the Grammy® awards as well as the pages of fashion and green living magazines. Sarabeth actively supports local charities involved in children’s health and well-being, and has recently dedicated her time and resources to Project Linus.
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Portland Fashion Week® Contact Information
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