CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} Designers Reception at W Chicago Lakeshore

November 11, 2014 • Chicago, Events, Fashion Blog

CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} Designers Reception at W Chicago Lakeshore, shoes and bags

A cocktail reception and presentation was held for four remarkable CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} designers at the beautifully remodeled Altitude at W Chicago Lakeshore last Thursday evening. I had the opportunity to chat with the designers of Kaelen, Isa Tapia, Nomia and Kara and also the pleasure of meeting CFDA’s CEO Steven Kolb. He explained how these designers were selected and told me more about the program. Although called an Incubator program, these designers have all already proven themselves and have been in business for few years or more, yet are still relatively new on the fashion scene. A CFDA board juried them and chose the designers that showed the most promise. They culled the group down from 15 to 10. The ten designers have office spaces next to each other for the next 2 years. They are offered mentorship from other industry professionals who offer business guidance and aid in fine-tuning their brands. W Hotels Worldwide is a sponsor of the designers and offers them opportunities such as this presentation at W in Chicago and other cities. Each designer can chose a one-week retreat for creative inspiration at a W Hotel in any location in the world of their choice!

Kaelen CFDA Incubator Presentation W Chicago


Kaelen Haworth

Designer Kaelen Haworth with her Spring 2015 Collection

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Designer Yara Flinn of NOMIA

Designer Yara Flinn of NOMIA

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Sarah Law KARA

Handbag designer Sarah Law of KARA


KARA Handbags

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Isa Tapia Designer

Designer Isa Tapia with her namesake footwear.

Isa Tapia Shoes

Isa Tapia Shoes

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Steven Kolb CFDA CEO, Carol Calacci Second City Style

I’m with Steven Kolb, CFDA CEO

Find out more about the CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} program and its designers.

– Carol Calacci

Photos: Second City Style


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