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project home 2Since 1989, when Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon founded Project HOME, 8000 people have been rescued from the cycle of homelessness and poverty, and provided a continuum of care including street outreach, supportive housing and comprehensive services focused on health care, education and employment.  Project HOME also works to prevent poverty through neighborhood revitalization in North Philadelphia and works with a variety of coalitions on the city, state and national levels to impact public policies, educate elected officials and maximize resources or housing and services.

project home 1Project HOME has accomplished much in its history, providing 621 units of housing, including 572 units of affordable and supportive housing for formerly homeless men, women and families.  Through their Social Enterprise department, Project HOME creates and works with social enterprises that provide employment opportunities and workplace skill development for formerly homeless individuals. In partnership with Thomas University Department, the organization provides community-based, high-quality health care and health education services, and with its recently completed, 30,000 sq. ft. wellness center, provides community-based, uniquely integrated health and wellness services targeted to the needs of the North Central Philadelphia Community.  Their Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs in North Central Philadelphia offers critical educational and workforce development programs for neighborhood children and families.

project home 3Project HOME, most of all, is a pathway to a dignified, fulfilling life for people who are so easily marginalized.  Not content to address the quantitative issues that cause poverty and homelessness, Project HOME builds the spirit and self-esteem of the people they serve.  Project HOME creates a line of home products – candles, soap, and the best cranberry sauce! – manufactured and produced by their clients, providing not just meaningful employment, but also accomplishment and contribution to their own economy.  Art classes allow clients an outlet for expression, and have led to successful art shows for a number of artists.

Moda 360 is very proud to support this organization as a participant in the exhibition. Moda 360 will mark the West Coast debut of a number of talented artists who overcame life’s obstacles and create beautiful and compelling works of art.  These artists exhibit their work alongside the many established artists participating in the event, adding their voice to the Moda 360 community of artists.  The trunk shows will feature the high quality lifestyle products manufactured by the talented and dedicated creators transformed by the organization, which, we are certain, will sell out quickly.

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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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SMAKPARLOUR_2smak parlourSmak Parlour is a go-to-favorite clothing line designed by Abby Kessler and Katie Lubieski, lifelong best friends who know a thing or two about what girls want! Tested by a decade of retail success at their flagship boutique, and affirming their unique perspective on buying and design, the duo has entered yet another dimension. Smak Parlour aims to satisfy the market’s need for stand-out designs complimenting vintage and crossing over to contemporary, made of style and substance that are sure to please. The Smak Parlour collection boasts one-of-a-kind fabrics, created from original artwork popping with plenty of print play…life is too short to wear boring clothes! 100% made in America, everything in the collection is domestically produced and directly supports small businesses and independent artists.  Smak Parlour creates flirty and girly styles with fun and whimsical prints.  Inspired by the best of vintage mixed with contemporary silhouettes, the collection is a girl’s best friend!


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outsiderOutsider was launched in the UK in 2009 with a mission statement of “Ethical fashion should just look like fashion.”  Whether you call it Eco, Ethical, Sustainable, Green, Slow, Conscious or Responsible – Outsider is about creating and designing beautiful garments with a more thoughtful approach.

OUTSIDER garments are timeless and can be worn and loved season after season:  Quality clothes do not go out of fashion.   Outsider designers are inspired by the items that have been a wardrobe staple for years, because true style is timeless, not transient or throwaway.   The collection of versatile, day-to-evening pieces are made to the highest quality and are designed to last and be loved.  From board room to restaurant to theater, Outsider captures the flattering silhouettes and style that makes a fashion statement at any occasion.  Outsider has developed a celebrity following, counting Elizabeth Moss, Livia Firth and Emma Thompson as fans.   Outsider makes its LA debut at Moda 360!

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eweline3smeweline4EWELINEB® creations are unique and meticulously constructed, designed and made from the beginnig till the end in the company studio.  Each piece is carefully crafted with attention to the distinctive details that set the collection apart.  Made from the highest quality natural fabrics such as silk, wool, cotton and linen , the pieces emphasize comfort with style, creativity and precision construction.  EWELINEB® is a symbol of elegance, simplicity and beauty. Collections are inspired by love and passion for film, music, architecture and art reflected in the silhouettes, fabrics and exquisite touches and design details.  EWELINEB® women are strong and independent, sure of their own strengths and worth, and the collection complements their character and enhances their beauty.  The company offers three main fashion clothing lines each season:  day, cocktail and occasions, along with Limited Edition Collections twice a year.

Designer and stylist Ewelina M. Barlak debuted on the global stage with a great success, in September 2009 in the U.S. at New York Fashion Week with her collection Spring/Summer 2010.  The company’s success has grown each season, refining design and style to the delight of her customer.  EWELINEB® makes its Los Angeles debut at Moda 360!

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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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blogphotoThe fashion industry is constantly changing and designers are always looking for new arenas to showcase their brands. Moda 360 is a high fashion concept for international designers to take their brand to new level by participating in a ground-breaking platform combining fashion, art, music and video for a unique presentation of their fashion collections. Moda 360 will provide press and media with compelling visuals for features and editorials, and allow buyers to discover new collections outside of the busy fashion calendar in a unique and enjoyable environment.

Fashions Finest and Bel Esprit have partnered to create this unique platform to give FLYERparticipating designers both a 2-day live event as well as long term promotion for their collections through membership in Bel Esprit’s online showrooms and runway shows during London Fashion Week. Moda 360 is taking place outside the industry calendar to give designers opportunity to:

• Connect with fashion editors and buyers who are otherwise committed during international Fashion Weeks, trade shows and trade events.
• Focus on unique and innovative visual and live model presentations.
• Produce video and photographic material and content for online and print campaigns and materials for extensive use in their marketing and sales campaigns.

International videographers will showcase their work on 5 video screens at the event, and participating designers will be able to connect with filmmakers to have their designs featured in a creative, digital presentation. Exhibiting designers will incorporate the resident artwork in the venue as well as furniture and design artists to present key pieces of their collections. Live model presentations will take place on a stunning spiral staircase or with projected images as a backdrop.

Lifestyle brands are joining Moda 360 as sponsors, with Bel Essence as the official skin care sponsor of the event and gift bag sponsor Travalo distributing perfume atomizers to VIPs, among others. The Academy of Freelance Makeup will create the models’ looks for the runways. On June 30, an evening cocktail event will raise funds for the Friends of the Congo, an awareness and advocacy organization supporting the economic and social development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Moda 360 is gathering additional partners, bringing more opportunities for designers to promote their collections. Contact: moda360intl@gmail.com

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