Chicago Fashion Incubator

March 14, 2011 11:29:54 AM PDT
The store celebrates the success of alumni designers and introduces us to six 2011 designers in residence. Fashionistas can shop from CFI designers past and present for 5 weeks beginning Tuesday, March 15. Here is a sneak-peak of what you can find.

Designer Name: Taneasha Prunty
Line Name: Gidi
Model: Noelle Lynch
Garment: Smoke grey, knee-length dress. Pleated skirt with long puff sleeves and standing collar
Price: $265.00

Designer Name: Shavonne Dorsey
Line Name: Siobhan Apparel
Model: Athalia
Garment: Asymetrical one sleeve dress. Inset fabric lined with a black lacquered zipper. 100% handmade silk. Inset is taffeta with velvet cording overlay back zip for closure
Price: $440

Designer Name: Kahindo Mateene
Line Name: Modahnik
Model: Ashley Simone
Garment: The Bubble Halter Dress
Price: $317

Designer Name: Concetta Cipriano
Line Name: Cettina
Model: Maddison
Garment: Olive colored asymmetrical doleman sleeve dress with gathered detailing at both the hem and opposing shoulder
Price: $485

Designer Name: Crystal Simms
Line Name: Crystal B. Designs
Model: Robin H.
Garment: Silver vatar dress
Price: $435

Designer Name: Eric Kipp
Line Name: Eric Kipp
Model: Ryne Degrave
Garment: Small check and blue window pane a cashmere, linen, and silk blended fabric with 100% cotton custom slacks.
Price: Jacket $2000, slacks $500


WHO: For a second year, the Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) will partner with the 900 North Michigan Shops on a CFI pop up store to celebrate the success of the alumni designers and to introduce the 2011 designers in residence through a dedicated retail store and a fundraiser.

Tickets are $25 for purchase, please visit

WHAT: Shop the fashions from CFI designers past and present and be the first to purchase the $35 limited edition "Made In Chicago," t-shirt benefiting CFI. WHEN: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm
The 2011 designers in residence will be formally announced at 7 pm

WHERE: Level 5 of the 900 North Michigan Shops
900 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

900 North Michigan Shops to Host a Dedicated Store for CFI Designers for a Second Year CHICAGO, Ill. (February 17, 2011) - Six designers have been chosen for the fourth year of the Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI). The 2011 Designers In Residence (DIR) will be given the opportunity to learn the economics, marketing and merchandising of fashion from industry experts as well as mentors from Macy's and the broader fashion community.

For a second year, CFI will partner with the 900 North Michigan Shops on a pop-up store to celebrate the success of the alumni designers and to introduce the next DIR through a dedicated retail store and series of exclusive events and trunk shows. The 2,800 square foot retail shop, along with 3,000 square foot event space will reside on Level 5 of the 900 North Michigan Shops and will highlight CFI designers from the last four years starting on Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, April 23, 2011. The Pop-Up Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Thursday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

The new class of designers will be formally announced at LAUNCH/CFI, a reception and fundraiser, on Tuesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. in the space. Tickets for LAUNCH/CFI are $25 and to purchase them, please visit Also debuting at LAUNCH/CFI, will be the limited edition soy, organic, cotton blend "Made In Chicago" t-shirt with a graphic design by Associate Designer Brandon Breaux of Ends Wealth Corp. Available for purchase during the five week-long pop up shop, only 170 t-shirts will be issued with all proceeds from the $35 garment benefiting CFI.

"The shared resources, mentors, and workshops allow the Chicago Fashion Incubator designers to be on a fast track to better understanding their brands, their customers, and their product--all essential to the growth of their businesses," said Lara Miller, Executive Director. "The Pop Up at the 900 North Michigan Shops brings the CFI program to the public allowing us to celebrate the accomplishments of the alumni, while introducing the next generation of emerging talent in Chicago. The store gives the designers the unique opportunity to sell and promote their brands at one of the premiere shopping centers in Chicago."

Designers from the 2010 class as well as alumni from 2008 and 2009 are enjoying success through their experience at CFI. Some of them have had their lines picked up by nationwide boutiques; enjoyed top tier media coverage; had their designs worn by celebrities; competed in high-profile opportunities; and participated in exclusive trunk shows.

2011 Designers in Residence and their lines

Concetta Cipriano -- Cettina, a collection of ready-to-wear garments embodies the designer's clientele, a balance of femininity, strength, and beauty, with intricacy, structure, and simplicity.

Shavonne Dorsey - The Shavonne Dorsey Apparel line specializes in fashion and fit for the plus size market featuring simple sheath dresses and powerfully feminine separates.

Eric Kipp - Eric Kipp Custom Clothiers is a custom clothing company that focuses on sharply tailored suits and separates for men that easily transition from office to evening.

Kahindo Mateene- Modahnik is a socially conscious womenswear line of modern and feminine pieces that fuse the designer's vibrant African heritage with western design sensibilities.

Taneasha Prunty - Gidi is a womenswear line of evening dresses and gowns that exude subtle allure and blend vintage sophistication with modern flair.

Crystal Simms - Crystal B. Designs is an avant garde label that is filled with architectural garments that enhance the features of the female figure.

2010 Designers in Residence (Outgoing Class)

Christina Fan - C/Fan is the marriage of menswear inspired details, such as pocket squares, and feminine silhouettes, which creates a line that is extremely versatile, high quality, yet still affordable.

Donaldo Smith - Killian Gui is the designer's alter ego and a contemporary menswear brand that masters the blend of elegant business attire with modern casual wear.

Jonnie Rettele - Nonnie Threads is a result of early-mid 1900's inspiration, merged with a modern semblance. She is motivated by men's desire for functionality, fit, and ambition for modernity.

Leah Fagan -- Alidade is a women's sportswear company characterized by a fine tuned balance of style and performance.

Miriam Cecilia Carlson -- Miriam Cecilia features draped and manipulated fabric mixed with mica mineral stones inspired by ideas and thoughts of the scenic surroundings of the designer's home.

Stephanie Kuhr - Dottie's Designs is a line of vintage-inspired lingerie and foundation wear filled with sophisticated under-things that shape the body naturally for a flattering silhouette.

Pop Up Shop Schedule:

March: Tuesday, 15th, 6 to 8 p.m. - LAUNCH/CFI reception and fundraiser - Tickets are $25 and to purchase, visit

Friday, 18th, 12 to 5 p.m. -- Kristin Hassan Trunk show

Saturday, 19th, 12 to 5 p.m. -- Meet and Greet with Nora del Busto

Sunday, 20th, 12 to 5 p.m. -- 2011 DIR Meet and Greet

Thursday, 24th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- Agga B. Trunk Show

Friday, 25th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- Agga B. Trunk Show

Saturday, 26th, 12 to 3 p.m. -- Evil Kitty Trunk Show

Saturday, 26th, 5 to 10 p.m. -- Anna Hovet Fashion Show

***Store hours: Starting Thursday, March 17, the retail store will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Thursday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

April: Friday, 1st, 12 to 6 p.m. -- Dottie's Delights & Miriam Cecilia Manicures & Mocktails
Saturday, 2nd, 7 12 to 5 p.m. -- Spring into Glamour and the Future with Evil Kitty
Sunday, 3rd, 1 to 5 p.m. -- Anna Hovet Trunk Show
Sunday, 3rd, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. -- Buyer's Brunch
Thursday, 7th, 6 to 9 p.m. -- Kristin Hassan Fashion Show
Friday, 8th, 4 to 7 p.m. -- Alidade Trunk Show
Friday, 8th, 8 to 10 p.m. -- Zamrie Fashion Show
Saturday, 9th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. --Dottie's Delights Spring Pin Up Photo Shoot Event
Sunday, 10th, 12 to 3 p.m. -- Zamrie Trunk Show
Friday, 15th, 6 to 9 p.m. -- Nonnie Threads Trunk Show
Friday, 15th, 6 to 9 p.m. -- Miriam Cecilia Fashion Show
Saturday, 16th, 2 to 6 p.m. -- Alidade Trunk Show
Sunday, 17th, 12 to 5 p.m. -- Kristin Hassan Trunk Show
Sunday, 17th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- Nora del Busto Trunk Show
Thursday, 21st, 6 to 9 p.m. -- Killian Gui Informal Presentation

***Store hours: The retail store will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Thursday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Saturday, April 23rd.

About the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy's on State Street
The Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) provides six emerging Chicago-based designers with the resources, including workspace, curriculum and mentoring, to launch their careers in fashion. The Designers in Residence (DIR) are provided office space, including computers and software; a workshop room with sample production space and a resource section; as well as a showroom. DIR are required to complete a core curriculum of workshops and seminars conducted at the Incubator location at Macy's on State Street for the duration of a one-year period starting in March 2010. CFI also offers an Associate Designer (AD) yearlong program for 12 designers to participate in quarterly workshops, roundtables, and have access to the workspace on an appointment basis. This allows for potential DIR applicants to get a foot in the door, share resources, and connect with other local designers and organizations. CFI is part of the Mayor's Fashion Initiative, which supports and promotes fashion designers living and working in Chicago through events, seminars and City programs. For more information about the Chicago Fashion Incubator, visit and for more information about the Mayor's Fashion Initiative, visit

About 900 North Michigan Shops
Anchored by Bloomingdale's, 900 North Michigan Shops features 70 luxury retailers on seven levels, including Gucci, MaxMara, Michael Kors, DNA 2050, Club Monaco, J.Crew, Lululemon Athletica, Williams-Sonoma and many more. Over its two-decade residence, the 900 North Michigan Shops has provided the Magnificent Mile with a diverse collection of luxury lifestyle brands, demonstrating its commitment to maintaining Michigan Avenue as an internationally recognized shopping mecca.

The 900 North Michigan Shops is located at 900 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611. For more information, call 312.915.3916 or visit

Shopping Center Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 12 to 6 p.m.