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Bourgeois Boheme AW16 Petra Vegan Brogue Boot BlackBourgeois Boheme was founded in 2005 by ex-Podiatrist and long-term vegan Alicia. With a love for shoes, and unable to find high quality and high style animal-friendly footwear, Alicia developed her own brand. She moved to London and merged her foot care expertise with her vegan values to create luxury animal-free footwear.  Not interested in creating just another shoe brand, she has remained true to her founding principles to create perfect vegan shoes without ever compromising on quality, finish or design.  All BB shoes are Vegan Society trademarked and PETA approved.Bourgeois Boheme AW16 Petra Vegan Brogue Boot Burgundy

Today, Bourgeois Boheme is one of the most established vegan footwear brands out there, still small and independent – as they like it – still making beautiful and versatile shoes completely free from animal-derived materials. The timeless, brand-exclusive styles they produce are all artisan-made under ethical conditions in Portugal from the finest eco-friendly Italian vegan leathers.  They believe that a good vegan shoe should be about more than just excluding animal materials – a design that stands the test of time is essential – and therefore they work tirelessly to champion slow fashion through updated British shoe classics that challenge the perception of leather-free footwear.  The brand’s increasing fan base includes vegan celebs such as Natalie Portman, Bryan Adams and Torrey DeVitto.

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earthheir1Every piece of craft weaves a story. Some stories span centuries, filled with history and culture. Others represent a new lease in life away from the past.   Earth Heir began with an appreciation for craftspeople. These artists spend years honing and perfecting their skills to create their finest art pieces.   Earth Heir is dedicated to the creation and preservation of heritage art forms.   Working with these artisans, Earth Heir helps disadvantage communities develop commercially viable products and brings them to market.  As part of its social and ecological mission, Earth Heir returns 10% of its revenue to charities supporting trafficking survivors and plant two trees for every scarf purchased.  “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do.” – Helen Keller

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

earthheir2Earth Heir offers a collection of exquisitely handcrafted luxurious pieces from around the world, with an ecological and social mission. Each piece weaves a human story – lovingly handmade by master craftspersons carrying the disappearing traditions of their forebears, prizing fine craftsmanship over mass fashion.  Earth Heir advocates fair trade principles and ethical partnerships with the craftspersons themselves, to help create more sustainable livelihoods.  Luxury, style, design and fashion forged in an ethical manner.

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Pretty Pretty Rebel

Pretty Pretty Rebel

Philadelphia is experiencing a renaissance in local artisanal manufacturing, and talented fashion and lifestyle designers are bringing their work to a national stage at Moda 360: LA, April 24-25, 2015.  Fashion, art, film and lifestyle will converge at The New Mart in Los Angeles in a unique and innovative platform for creative work, combining artistic exhibits with unique runway presentations.

Alex Stadler is an artist and designer who translates his whimsical graphics into upscale accessories, clothing and home decor.  As a textile designer, Alex has created work for and collaborated with Comme des Garçons, Jack Lenor Larsen, Nina Campbell LTD, Todd Oldham, John Bartlett, Elizabeth Dow and babyGap. His characters Kevin the Babysitting Bunny, and Willie, the diva pup with witty commentary on fashion, are immortalized in scarves, jewelry and clothing items.  Alex designed a successful collection luxury merino wool scarves based on his abstract painting and recently expanded to rugs, working with Langhorne Carpet Company, the longest continuously operating Wilton carpet mill in the US.   The Stadler-Kahn brand finds its home in the eponymous store in Philadelphia where Alex offers unique gifts and humorous anecdotes with purchases.

Stadler-kahn merino wool scarf

Stadler-kahn merino wool scarf

Machele Nettles puts her background in industrial design and her inherent creativity to use in her growing collection under the Talk Design Studio moniker.  She recycles components from optical instruments into necklaces and earrings that dramatically react to light – refracting light into brilliant colors, or absorbing light to create a glow of color in her pieces.  She takes the unusual – a mushroom with a unique shape – and creates quirky, high end home wares that provoke conversation. An eye chart becomes a room divider to both block and challenge inquisitive eyes, and common hardware items are refashioned into posh bookcases.

The childrenswear collection, Pretty Pretty Rebel, made an explosive entrance into the children’s wear market.  Designer Leah Delfiner creates an American made children’s wear clothing brand  inspired by rock and roll music, and featuring bright colors, and wild imagination.  The brand’s mission is to bring fun and functional clothing to young girls ages 4-10 who are sassy, wild children who love glitter, guitars and who live loud fun lives.  The collection is made from high quality fabrics that are easy to maintain with fun and funky prints giving girls the unique and exciting wearing experience of a budding rock star.

Fabric Horse is a vegan, sustainable workwear accessory brand designed by Carrie Collins.  The utility belts, tote bags, backpacks, and the original ‘Lock Holster’ are made from materials chosen with sustainability in mind, from junkyard salvaged seat belts to recycled yoga mats.  Born from the needs of the cyclist community, over the past decade the products have proven valuable to countless professions and lifestyles for work, travel, and the everyday.  Fabric Horse maintains a standard of quality that ensures the products are built to last, while making these work horse accessories fashionable.

Fabric Horse Tote

Fabric Horse Tote


About Moda 360 –  Moda 360 is a high fashion and lifestyle event for international designers, artists and filmmakers to exhibit their work across industries to reach a broad audience. This ground-breaking platform combines fashion, art, design, music and video for a unique presentation of creative work, offering a new perspective on the different disciplines, and giving participants an editorial presentation of their work. Moda 360 offers press and media compelling visuals for features, editorials, online and print media, and allows buyers and industry professionals to discover new collections of art, design and fashion.

About Bel Esprit – The Bel Esprit Showroom showcases international designers of ethical fashion, and the sister showroom, Showroom International, presents the collections of international independent designers.  The showrooms offer 30 years of industry experience identifying and assisting the needs of both designers and retailers to facilitate a strong business relationship, and partner with international fashion industry organizations and events to give independent designers maximum exposure.  Bel Esprit promotes ethical principles through education to designers, retailers and consumers, and, through a number of global initiatives, works to create and develop more ethical resources for the fashion industry. Learn more at www.BelEsprit.net

About the New Mart – The New Mart Building, a registered Los Angeles historical landmark located in the center of Downtown LA’s fashion district, is home to 100+ showrooms representing hundreds of top lines. With both high profile and cutting edge showrooms – The New Mart is the most sought after venue for wholesale fashion buyers from around the world.  Learn more at  www.newmart.net

About bel essence – Bel Essence is a natural skin care collection based on a simple idea: give skin the nutrition it needs to heal, regenerate and rejuvenate itself.  Bel Essence combines natural and organic oils that are the richest sources of vitamins, antioxidants, omega 3’s and fatty acids, the essential components for healthy, youthful skin. Bel Essence gives skin what nature intended and selects and combines oils with beneficial properties to maximize results without harmful chemicals and colorings. Natural oils, known for their skin health benefits, are combined to treat and nourish skin giving both instant improvement and long term transformation.  Learn more at http://www.belessence.com.

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Designer Natacha Arranz - photo credit Renny Lewis

Designer Natacha Arranz – photo credit Renny Lewis

MODA 360 (www.moda360intl.com) promises to be an amazing event for designers, artists and filmmakers and industry professionals, opening its 2015 events in Los Angeles.  The New Mart (www.newmart.net) has partnered with Moda 360 to host the event April 24-25, 2014.  The New Mart Building, a registered Los Angeles historical landmark located in the center of Downtown LA’s fashion district, is home to 100+ showrooms representing hundreds of top lines. With both high profile and cutting edge showrooms – The New Mart is the most sought after venue for wholesale fashion buyers from around the world.  The New Mart offers designers visibility to fashion professionals: press, buyers and showrooms, giving participants

Designer JoDeLyn London - photo credit Renny Lewis

Designer JoDeLyn London – photo credit Renny Lewis

a one stop event to reach their market and capture their attention with a unique presentation of collections outside fashion week and trade show events.

Moda 360 is a high fashion and lifestyle event for international designers, artists and filmmakers. This ground-breaking platform combines fashion, art, design, music and video for a unique presentation of creative work.   Moda 360 offers press and media compelling visuals for features, editorials, online and print media, and allows buyers and industry professionals to discover new collections of art, design and fashion.   Moda 360 offers participants a platform to reach both their wholesale and consumer market.  Moda 360 draws from an international arena of designers, with designers from the US, UK, Italy, Colombia, Egypt, Dubai, Hungary and others participating in the New York 2014 edition.

Moda 360 streetwalk

Moda 360 streetwalk

Moda 360 is exceptional in the cross promotion and collaboration between artists, designers and filmmakers, offering multi-media opportunities for participants to present their work. Artists and designers benefit from multiple industries attending—art, design, fashion, film—giving the participants additional avenues for exposure. Professional attendees are offered a new point of view on fashion as art, and art as lifestyle, providing a fresh interpretation of collections and giving their outlets a new perspective for their audience.

Alterequo bracelet

Alterequo bracelet

Taking place during Earth Month, Moda 360 will put the spotlight on sustainable and fair trade fashion with upscale ethical fashion collections and eco-artists showing their work.  Participating designers may be tapped to serve on a panel discussion about the future of sustainable and fair trade fashion in the global fashion industry.

Baharat silk necklace

Baharat silk necklace

Partners and sponsors of Moda 360 enjoy a multi-faceted platform reaching a diverse market of art, fashion and film professionals as well as a public audience of fashionistas, art aficionados and film buffs, all gathered for an upscale, creative and exciting presentation. Lifestyle brands enjoy exposure to a savvy audience, well–versed in contemporary culture.

Designers and artists are challenging their creativity to bring presentations that will wow the fashion crowd and show off their collections to buyers, press, media and consumers. The partnership with the New Mart enables Moda 360: LA to expand and bring more designers to the West Coast.  Join us for a fabulous event!



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blogphotoModa 360 and the Friends of the Congo are partnering to bring a special reception to the fashion and art event. Moda 360 (www.moda360intl.com) is a fusion of art, fashion and video providing a unique platform for international independent fashion designers to show their collections. Designers present their lines in unique displays and model presentations in a art gallery space complementing the fashion. International filmmakers will fotc_logo_nobordershow their work throughout the event on video screens, with certain short films featuring participating designers. Friends of the Congo is an organization promoting awareness of the conflict affecting the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and also the spirit and power of the Congolese people as they overcome adversity and strengthen the economic and social structure of their country and their national culture. To support the work of Friends of the Congo, a gala reception will be held on June 30, from 7-10 pm to raise funds to continue the advocacy and awareness work of the organization.

The reception will feature the work of two Congolese fashion designers, and the celebration will include music, both DJ and live and catering by Harlem Saveur. The reception promises to be a joyous event that will mark this important date in Congo history. Tickets for the reception are a donation to Friends of the Congo and are available online, and a special ticket is available for those who would like to attend the Moda 360 6 pm model presentation and the reception following.  Tickets for Moda 360 are also available online, and for more information, visit the Moda 360 website.

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Designers from around the world are joining international artists to show their work at Moda 360 at The Carriage House, 149 E. 38th Street in New York, June 30-July 1.  Capsule runway presentations will take place in the art gallery setting, with exhibits of apparel and accessories set off by the resident artists of the Carriage House and a New York furniture designer and a UK textile artist.   Hollywood celebrity stylist Melissa Laskin will combine pieces from all the collections to create a special collective runway with the theme “Well-behaved women rarely make history” (Leslie Ulrich Thatcher).  International videographers will show their creativity in a continuous loop of videos played at the event.  Moda 360 is a unique, and growing, platform combining art, fashion and video to show the art in fashion, and the lifestyle in art.  Fashion professionals may rsvp to info@luxerow.com.

Tickets for Moda 360 are available, and a special ticket is available for both Moda 360 and the Friends of the Congo fundraiser reception on June 30.

Participating artists and designers include:

Tee Njoroge – Designer, NCIIRA
Tee Njoroge, is a 22 year old London based graduate who is currently working on building her fashion brand called NCIIRA. Her work is highly inspired by architecture, shapes and structure. The brand’s aim is to empower and represent the inner strength and confidence of an individual through their way of dressing. The designs are a mixture of elegant edgy, feminine, bold and daring.

Sara Hegazy – Designer SARA HEGAZY
Sara Hegazy is Dubai fashion designer and a student at London College of Fashion Student. In her short career, she has been nominated MENA’s Next Top Designer , and was appointed first fashion designer and consultant at Asfour Crystal International & Egyptian Fashion Entrepreneur . She launched her international brand SARA HEGAZY and was the first Egyptian couture brand on the London Fashion Week catwalk in 2013. Currently, she is launching her fourth collection, “Cleopatra, ” which enjoyed a successful pre- launch at Asia Fashion Jewelry International Fair in Hong Kong.

Eva Cammarata – Designer, Eva Cammarata
Eva Cammarata is a London womenswear designer. Born in Sicily, Eva graduated in Italy but earned a Master Degree in Womenswear Design at the “Istituto Marangoni London Campus” and a MA in Digital Fashion at the prestigious London College of Fashion. Eva began her career working at Giles Deacon and Erdem, and in 2010, launched her eponymous brand, showcasing in Paris, London and New York. Eva Cammarata is an ethical luxury label, using organic and biotech fibres that moisturise the skin of the wearer. Eva’s collections adhere to impeccable quality and sustainability through the entire manufacturing process, producing in UK and Italy, and reflecting her commitment to the environment and fair trade.

Melissa Laskin – Designer, elvislaskin, abstract artist
Melissa Laskin has enjoyed success in a multi-hyphenate career: stylist-designer-artist. She achieved tremendous success as a Hollywood stylist, working with A-list celebrities and media outlets, as well as creating looks for well-known advertising campaigns. While recovering from a serious car accident, Melissa began painting, creating bold abstract art. She quickly translated her artwork into a successful line of t-shirts, tunics and dresses, in contemporary silhouettes she was unable to find elsewhere for styling. Her eye for color and composition continues to bring her success with her artwork featured in art galleries around the country, and her elvislaskin collection sold in prestigious boutiques.

Juan Pablo Martinez – Designer, Juan Pablo Martinez
Juan Pablo Martínez studied Fashion Design in Bogotá in the early nineties and then moved to Milan to study pattern making and sewing. After completing his studies, he moved to Paris to practice design at the Atelier Chardon Savard, and worked with Christian Lacroix at his Prêt-à-Porter studio. In 1999, Juan Pablo returned to Bogotá and opened his own atelier, designing and creating men’s suits. After 12 successful years in tailoring, Juan Pablo felt the need to pursue fashion differently, with a focus on sustainable fabrics and fair labor. His collections combine the exquisite tailoring found in the finest menswear with sustainable fabrics sourced in Colombia, recycled cotton PET from recycled plastic bottles, and baby alpaca hand woven by local artisans. The inspiration for his collection marries his passions: hard rock music and draping over the body; the Trucker Jacket meets Madame Vionnet.

Natacha Arranz – Designer, Natacha Arranz Atelier
Natacha Arranz was born in Valladolid, Spain, and studied Fashion Design at Saint Martin School of Art , in London, with post graduate study in fabric techniques at the University of Barcelona, and in cinematography and aesthetics at the University of Valladolid. Natacha designs prêt-à-porter, haute couture and millinery in her atelier and teaches fashion design in “La Escuela de Diseño.” She is an award winning designer, winning first place in Castilla y León. Valladolid (Spain), the Young Designer’s award in Zaragoza (Spain), and the Creativity Award from the El Corte Inglés. Valladolid (Spain), as well as winning the “Prêt-à-porter Award” at Miami Fashion Week.

ImaniLia – Designer, Imani Lia Whyte
Native New Yorker designer Imani Lia Whyte created IMANILIA™ in 1997 when she was only 10 years old.  After growing and studying her craft at one of the top art High Schools in New York City she went on to perfect her skills at The Savannah College of Art and Design one of the top Art & Design Universities in the World. SCAD is where Imani honed in on her love for evening wear with a twist.  In 2009 IMANILIA™ moved from custom only pieces and launched their 1st full collection at Fashion On the Hudson in Riverbank State Park in Harlem NY. Since then IMANILIA™ has produced four additional clothing collections, participated in countless runway and trunk shows, been recognized in the press online and print both nationally and internationally while also giving back to the community through the brand’s Annual Prom Contest.

Sonia M – Designer, Sonia M
Sonia M grew up in Italy, where beauty and style is part of the culture, surrounded by creative people, and both of these have instilled in her a sense of aesthetic sensitivity and judgment through an understanding of visual and structural values. In 2003 she graduated from Central Saint Martin’s as a textile designer specialising in knit. During her final year she experimented with unusual yarns such as wire, copper, Lurex, paper and plastic and is still using these materials to design accessory pieces for Fashion and Interiors. Since graduating SoniaM has accumulated a vast spectrum of experience working for LFW – London Fashion Week – from 2005 to 2010 with various fashion designers styling their catwalk shows and for UFFR – United Fashion Forum Russia – styling catwalk shows at the Victorian & Albert Museum and for LFW off schedule show. From 20010 till 2013 SoniaM was the Head Stylist for FF – Fashions Finest and AFWL – Africa Fashion Week London – creating individual and unique looks on the catwalks.

Josephine Adebolu – Designer, JoDeLyn London
JoDeLyn London is a contemporary jewelry collection designed and handmade by Josephine Adebolu. She produces a catwalk and diffusion range of exquisite contemporary jewelry pieces and uses them as a means to communicate and express her passion for identity and individuality. Josephine is a graduate with honors in Silversmithing & Jewelry. Her main inspiration comes from the contrasts that exist in textures, colors and materials in nature, cultures and everyday life. She combines different contrasting qualities; rough with smooth, light with dark, hard with soft, resulting in unpredictable and beautiful possibilities. She creates bold, stunning statement jewelry that individualizes and distinguishes the wearer from others.

Laura Buffa – Designer, Alter Equo
Laura Buffa launched Alter Equo in response to the emergency of the waste collection system in Rome. Rome is scattered with discarded plastic bottles that become first hand material for the Alter Equo sustainable fashion project. The bottles are cut into shapes that are revealed in the plastic or cut out according to the designs previously imagined and sketched. The shapes are then worked with heating tools, allowing the plastic to react to heat according to its chemical weight. Finishing touches are semi precious stones (quartz, amethyst, carnelian, pearls) or rhinestones. “We are artisan women combining business and sustainability. We know our action is just a drop in the ocean yet we care for the environment and try to preserve it. We get inspired by the shapes and colors of the bottles to create PET plastic jewels, eco designs and home complements. We manage to find the “soul” even in a disposed plastic bottle, the symbol of massive consumerism.” Laura Buffa

Foldi Kinga – Designer, Baharat
Baharat is an haute couture and luxury prêt à porter brand. Designer Foldi Kinga is an award winning designer and costumer who handcrafts collections with an to detail, using traditional as well as unique techniques and often build upon a particular traditional decorative technique such as origami, pleating or lace-making. The designer pursues ethical principles, creating her designs in collaboration with local artisans and using left over sartorial material in the Baharat jewelry collection. The silk jewelry is crafted from two layer laminated silk, with each component part cut and ironed by hand, and strung together to create a shimmering rainbow of color.

Bethany Walker – Mixed Media Textiles
Bethany Walker is an exciting emerging Mixed Media Artist best known for her ‘signature’ combination of materials – cement and textiles. Bethany has developed her individual hand techniques, each piece is individual and creates intrigue with its integral shape, colour and relief. Bethany’s work explores connections and contrasts in the urban environment – things we all observe daily but often overlook. The dynamics of the graphic and organic; the old and the new are an endless source of inspiration for the artist. Endeavouring to break new ground, Bethany is pushing the boundaries of contemporary textiles – blurring design disciplines, breaking preconceptions and traditionalist viewpoints to create pleasantly stunning pieces.

Manny Flaherty – Furniture Artist
Founded in 2010 by Manuel Flaherty, Mi Mesita is a small furniture company dedicated to producing high quality, hand-made furniture that is accessible and affordable. Using traditional building techniques and domestic woods, Mi Mesita creates furniture that will withstand the test of time, both structurally and aesthetically. As a New Yorker, all designs take into consideration the limited space available in many NYC homes. Even in a little apartment, one should be able to decorate with unique, beautiful, functional, and quality long lasting furniture. Each piece is hand built, and all designs are customizable to meet your needs.

Teo González – Artist, abstract art
Teo González was born in Quinto de Ebro, Zaragoza (Spain), in 1964. He studied under Jordi Teixidor before moving to Southern California in 1991. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in Art from California State University, Bakersfield. He has lived and worked in Brooklyn since 1999. His work has been included in museum shows worldwide at institutions such as the Kemper Art Museum in Saint Louis, Missouri; the Borusan Contemporary in Istambul, Turkey; the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente in Segovia, Spain; and has been included in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA; the National Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC; the Museo Pablo Serrano in Zaragoza, Spain; the San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego, CA; The Achenbach Foundation in San Francisco, CA; or the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, NM, among others.

Cristóbal Gabarrón – Artist, abstract art
Cristóbal Gabarrón was born in 1945 in Mula (Murcia), Spain, received his first training in Valladolid before pursuing his early artistic career in France and Italy. His current works are carried out primarily in Spain and the United States. Far from the aesthetic conventionalisms, of isthmuses or vanguards, Gabarrón’s work only understands life. His vision of art is clearly anthropocentric. The individual human life, and the coexistence and the development of human values, are the pillars on which his art and his personal convictions rest. The Olympic Mural for the Barcelona Olympic Games and the Encounter Mural for the Universal Exhibition of Seville (1992), the great sculptural project “Atlanta Start” (1996), the materialization of the work “Hope for Peace” (1986) and the Official Poster for the Millennium Summit and the Millennium Chapel (2000-2001) are important milestones in his career, while beginning a fruitful creative period, which still remains today, marked by his collaboration with international organizations, such as the IOC or United Nations.

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Showroom International and the Bel Esprit Showroom produced their signature Style Social event at The Transfer Station in the Manayunk neighborhood in Philadelphia. The Style Social brought the international designers of the showrooms to a local audience of buyers, press, media and professionals, as well as spotlighting the talented designers of the Philadelphia community. The Style Social gives regional buyers, press, professionals and consumers the opportunity to discover international and local talent in a relaxed and fun setting. Philadelphia artists, furniture designers and musicians provided additional entertainment and neighborhood restaurants set up their signature dishes for all to enjoy.

Bel Esprit and Showroom International will continue the Style Social in other cities.  Venues interested in hosting an event may contact the showrooms.  The showrooms are expanding this concept in partnership with Fashions Finest, the premier independent fashion runway event during London Fashion Week to create an off-season event with unique and innovative fashion presentations live and online.  For more information, contact the showrooms.

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