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Wednesday, February 14


Local Fashion Retail: Making It Work
Being an entrepreneur is not for the weak. Add in being a fashion entrepreneur and you'll find someone who has learned how to navigate, pivot, fail, adapt, and make it work! (In no particular order.)

In the news you'll hear how the fashion industry is ever-changing and how the retail industry is struggling, but we've got a group of local fashion entrepreneurs who have found ways to make the most of their passions and career paths.

Meet these individuals who have found success breaking into the fashion industry and staying in the industry.

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Alex English

Alex is a Tampa native with global perspectives on retail and fashion. He worked in urban planning before obtaining his MBA in Italy with an eye to the luxury, fashion, and retail industries. He has experience with retail entrepreneurs, pop-up retail, branding and brand management... Read More →

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Brent Kraus

Brent Kraus is the co-founder & COE (Chief of Everything) at Ella Bing. He is a passionate bow tie wearer, and all around dapper guy. Brent brings over 10 years of dedicated IT experience to Ella Bing as an E-commerce business, along with being heavily involved in Social Media, Internet... Read More →
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Desiree Noisette

Desiree Noisette is the CEO of Mermosa. She's a recovering lawyer, swimwear fit expert, clothing designer, mom of 2 boys and now, maker of the perfect day-to-night beverage line and brand: Mermosa. She feels lucky to have her entrepreneurial roots in St. Petersburg, Florida - a city... Read More →
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Elizabeth Carson Racker

Fashion forward, high quality, and affordable garments for the everyday woman are the core characteristics of Elizabeth Carson Racker designs.Elizabeth Carson Racker is a ready to wear designer with a philosophy to always apply the highest standards of creativity, honesty, quality... Read More →

Wednesday February 14, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
4 - Brave People 1613 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA


Launching Into Fashion
In this session, you'll learn what it takes to bring your fashion line concept to production. From understanding samples to and taking your line to production/manufacturing.

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Nya Tanaka

Victory Stitch Manufacturing
Nya Tanaka, owner and operator of Victory Stitch Manufacturing & Z Squared Clothing. Before opening Victory Stitch, Nya gained experience in the Tampa and Miami fashion industry as a pattern designer and grader. Nya has personally guided several fashion lines, local, national and... Read More →


Stylish Transitions
As the entrepreneurial force and visionary behind two brands: Black & Denim Apparel Company & The Blind Tiger Cafe, Roberto has learned how to navigate the world of fashion in a way that works and profits!

Roberto wanted to find a unique way to showcase his fashion brand and launched Blind Tiger Cafe. Not only did transitioning allow him a way to bring visibility to his brand, it also launched another successful venture.

Roberto will share his journey with us and how you, too, can switch gears and transition for entpreneurial success in the fashion industry!

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Roberto Torres

Black & Denim; Blind Tiger Cafe
Roberto is the co-Founder and Managing Partner of Black & Denim Apparel Company & The Blind Tiger Cafe. He is an entrepreneur specializing in the areas of accounting, audit, operations, logistics and financial services segments. He brings his expertise in retail and operations... Read More →

Wednesday February 14, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
4 - Brave People 1613 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA