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_xààxÜ yÜÉÅ exz|ÉÇtÄ W|ÜxvàÉÜ Fellow FashionistasIt has been a pleasure serving you as the FGI San Diego Regional Director. I have learned so much during these past few years and have met so many amazing people during my term. I am sad to leave, but am really excited about the Board of Directors that we have for 2014. It is a fantastic group that will lead you well. I wanted to thank the current Board of Directors for being such a great team to work with. One word that comes to mind when I think of our current board is committed. Each of these individuals has made the commitment to serve and has stayed dedicated to the organization and for that I am truly grateful. They have tirelessly worked to bring San Diego amazing events, speakers and fundraisers. Due to their hard work, over a dozen events were hosted, all benefiting our student scholarship fund. I had the pleasure of awarding, along with our Treasurer-Sushmita Utpala, multiple scholarships at the Mesa College 2013 scholarship banquet. Each of these deserving students jumped off the pages of their scholarship applications and it was an honor to award them the FGI scholarships. Our event planning team is stellar and already has 2014 planned!! It is my hope that they will continue in another term after 2014 because they are truly amazing! I encourage every member to consider working on a 2014 committee. Getting involved is the best way to get to know fellow members. I can honestly say for myself that FGI contacts and relationships have helped to exponentially grow my consulting business and I have met some of my best friends as a result of serving on the board. It has been a privilege and a blessing that I hope everyone gets the chance to experience. Best wishes for a Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas. I look forward to seeing all of our members at the 2014 Annual Meeting. Fashionably Yours,

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gtuÄx Éy VÉÇàxÇàá Letter from Regional Director…………………………………………………………………………………..2 Letter from Editor………………………………………………………………………………………………..3 Table of Contents………………………………………………………………………………………………..3 About FGI………………………………………………………………………………………………………...4 2014 Annual Members Only Meeting...…………….……………..................……………………………....5 FAB Council Fashion & Business Forum..………………………………..……………………………….…6 How to Love Your Clothes Seminar………………………….……………………………..…...……………7 Fashion Merchandising Walking Tour…………………………….……………………..…………………...8 More Events for 2014………….………...……….………………………………………………….…………9 Trend Report Photo Recap………………….………...……………………………………….……………..10 Cover Credits…………………………………………………………………………………………………..11 FGI San Diego Board Members…………………………………………………………………….………..12

_xààxÜ yÜÉÅ Xw|àÉÜ Hello FGI San Diego! WOW!!! It seems like just yesterday that I did my very first FGI San Diego newsletter! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this for a year and a half already! It’s bittersweet that this is my last newsletter. I have had such a fun time putting these together each month-finding articles that I think will be of interest to the fashion peeps here in San Diego, getting creative on the format, finding some great talent for the covers. But at the same time, it’s time to let someone else take the reigns and breathe fresh air and new life into our monthly publication. I do not know what format will be used, but I know that with the passion for fashion that all Fashion Group members have, the newsletter will be fantastic. So, it is will this letter, my final issue will be put to rest. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to seeing you all at the amazing events on the schedule next year. May your stockings be filled with everything you’ve Pinterested. :-)

]xtÇxààx VÜâàv{y|xÄw FGI San Diego Board Member-Communications Chair 3


WHO we are already…

WHAT we do in the present…

FGI Mission Statement…

The Fashion Group International is a global non-profit association with a network of over 5,000 dynamic professionals of achievement and influence from all areas of fashion and related industries including apparel, accessories, beauty, publishing, retailing and interior design.

The Fashion Group International works to promote the advancement of every member, while addressing issues that affect the entire industry. Our commitment to the industry is evident in our proactive approach to business. Our events provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information with industry leaders on a wide array of topics.

The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers. To do this, FGI provides insights on major trends in person, online and in print; access to business professionals and a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.

WHERE we are headed in the future…

The goals of the organization are…

Established in 1930, The Fashion Group International was founded on the idea that it takes an exceptional woman to flourish and succeed in the challenging world of fashion. That year, seventeen women gathered by Edna Woolman Chase, editor-in-chief of VOGUE, met for lunch in New York City. They had three things in common: each held a job of consequence in fashion, each respected every member of the group and each held a common belief.

Cognizant of the ever-changing nature of the industry, and the increasingly turbulent nature of business, the Fashion Group International addresses issues relevant to the future of the industry. Our events encourage thinking outside the box, both for members and non-members alike. As we begin the twenty-first century, the role of They agreed that fashion needed a our organization will be more forum for the expression and relevant than ever. Even conducting enhancement of the American fashion “business as usual” will require business and the increasingly foresight and knowledge of “big important role women played in the picture” issues that are the hallmark industry. Ever since, the organization of our events. has brought the best and the brightest in the industry together in unique Global communications and the New ways that provide an unrivaled Media revolution are an integral part support system, while facilitating the of our commitment to being at the exchange of ideas and resources. cutting edge. Fashion Group International’s online presence as Elizabeth Arden, Edith Head and well as localized blogs and social Eleanor Roosevelt were among the media is the industry’s number one founding members. Eight decades cyber-destination for a wealth of later, the names have changed, but information about fashion and the energy, talent and commitment fashion-related industries. Fashion remains the same. Group International’s web site is an ever-evolving resource for industry professionals.

To advance professionalism in fashion and its related lifestyle industries. To provide a public forum for examination of important, contemporary issues in the business of fashion. To present timely information regarding national and global trends that have an effect on the fashion industries. To provide activities and programs which enhance networking skills and encourage interpersonal contacts so as to further the professional, social and personal development of members.

For More Information on Fashion Group International, please visit our local web site: www.fgisandiego.org or our New York web site at: www.fginewyork.org

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Welcome the new 2014 Board of Directors while mingling with fellow FGI Members at this fabulous members-only mixer! Nosh on light bites and sip signature cocktails while mingling with fashionable company! We will be voting on and introducing the new FGI San Diego Board of Directors as well as introducing new FGI members. All members MUST fill out a proxy, so it is important to be there! If you are unable to attend, please sign and return the proxy (emailed to all members) as it’s important we have a signed proxy from every member. (e-signatures are accepted) Members who have recently joined FGI San Diego will be asked to introduce themselves to the group as a way to get your name/business out there. Meeting will begin promptly at 6:30. (Free to attend. Please RSVP to fgisandiego@yahoo.com) Not an FGI member but still want to attend the event? It’s not too late to become an FGI member! Go to www.sandiego.fgi.org and click on Membership. Become a member before the event and you will be eligible to attend! Date: January 9th, 2014 Time: 6 pm to 8 pm Place: Pre Fab @ The Headquarters 789 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

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FGI San Diego proudly welcomes FAB Counsel to San Diego! Get exclusive fashion business tips that can excel you fashion company and career! Mary Vallarta, founder and creator of FAB Counsel, which stands for Fashion and Business Counsel, specializes in helping people succeed in the business of fashion, will be delighting our guests to insider tips for establishing, cultivating and growing your business. Since FAB Counsel’s launch in January 2012, FAB has worked with fashion clients of all shapes and sizes, from store owners, to designers, to tech start-ups, to first-time entrepreneurs, lending guidance and knowledge from seasoned experts. FAB Counsel provides a refreshing and modern take on how to start, grow and flourish. Don’t miss the opportunity to get exclusive insider tips from FAB Counsel! http://www.fabcounsel.com Date: January 30, 2014 Time: 6 pm to 8 pm Place: 1649 El Prado #3, San Diego, CA 92101 (Please RSVP to fgisandiego@yahoo.com) Member Ticket Price: Pre-Paid $25/Pay at the Door $40 Non-Member Price: Pre-Paid $40/Pay at the Door $50 Student Ticket Price $25/Pay at the Door $40 Want member pricing? It’s not too late to become an FGI member! Go to www.sandiego.fgi.org and click on Membership.

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FGI San Diego & Margaret’s proudly present: “How to Love Your Clothes” Seminar. Get exclusive tips on how to love your clothes and accessories! Chuck Horst, founder and creator of Margaret’s Couture Cleaners, will be delighting guests to insider tips for loving your clothes this Valentines Season. Prada, Valentino, Louboutin and more!! Don’ miss this exclusive luxury opportunity! Guests will have the chance to exclusively tour Margarets Cleaners and Garde Robe following the seminar.

Light bites and refreshments will be served. Date: February 20th, 2014 Time: 6 pm to 8 pm Place: Margaret’s Cleaners 5150 Convoy Street, San Diego, CA 92111 (Please RSVP to fgisandiego@yahoo.com) Member Ticket Price: Pre-Paid $15/Pay at the Door $25 Non-Member Price: Pre-Paid $25/Pay at the Door $40 Student Ticket Price: Pre-Paid $15/Pay at the Door $25 Want member pricing? It’s not too late to become an FGI Member! Go to www.sandiego.fgi.org and click on Membership.

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FGI San Diego & The Headquarters proudly present the Fashion Merchandising Walking Tour! Guests will check in at Pre Fab located within newly opened “Headquarters” shopping center (at Seaport Village) and Specialty Leasing Manager, Jeanie Haddox will be leading guests on an exclusive walking tour of the property, giving historical facts and renovation dramas while pointing out secrets of the historical buildings. She will lead guests to some of the premier retail spaces within the property where store owners and visual merchandisers will tale of their successes and challenges in merchandising their store fronts. A Q&A will follow the walking tour with a few Visual Merchandising panel discussion. Light bites and refreshments will be served. Date: March 20th, 2014 Time: 6 pm to 8 pm Place: The Headquarters at Seaport District 789 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 Member Ticket Price: Pre-Paid $15/Pay at the Door $25 Non-Member Ticket Price: $25/Pay at the Door $40 Student Ticket Price: Pre-Paid $15/Pay at the Doro $25 (Please RSVP to fgisandiego@yahoo.com) Want member pricing? It’s not too late to become an FGI member! Go to www.sandiego.fgi.org and click on Membership. 8


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Special thanks to our front cover feature: Nicola Mournian (photographer), Angella Geck (model), Jeanette Marie Crutchfield (make(make-up/hair artist)

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UÉtÜw `xÅuxÜá Regional Director…………………………………………………….Julie Fought Secretary…………………………...………………………………Jeanie Haddox Secretary-Elect……………………………………………….…...Currently Open Treasurer…………………………………………………………Sushmita Utpala Programs Co-Chair……………………………………………………Lena Evans Programs Co-Chair…………………………………………………Kit Kuriakose Programs Co-Chair………………………………………….……..Melissa Lewis Membership Co-Chair.……..…………………….………………Currently Open Membership Co-Chair…………………………….………………….Liza Pinard Public Relations Chair………………….…………………...……Currently Open Publicity Chair…………………………………………………..Kailynn Bowling Hospitality Chair……………………………………………………..Marie Green Sponsorship Chair…………………………………………..……….Paola Casale Communications Chair………………………………………Jeanette Crutchfield Communications-Elect…………………………………...…...…...Jeanie Haddox District Director……………………………………………………...Pam Iannota Interested in becoming a board member? You must serve on a committee before consideration. Contact FGISanDiego@yahoo.com for more information.

P.O. Box 86545 San Diego, CA 92138

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FGI San Diego December 2013 Newsletter