#NYFWIA: Two Iowa Designers Crash NYC Fashion Week
Co-presented by ICAD
Presentation/Screening: Two Iowa Designers Crash NYC Fashion Week
Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. — Merge | View Schedule
September 2017: Emily Carlson (WRITTEN Apparel) and Andre Wright (Born Leaders United) dig up every contact in their rolodex and crash NYC Fashion Week, putting their Corridor-original apparel collection, NEW PERSPECTIVE, in front of a full slate of high-profile influencers to see what happens if they just show up. Check out the collection, experience the energy of Fashion Week, and see what happened as we premiere the New Perspective documentary. (Documentary by Jason Smith produced by Little Village, ICAD Group, Buzz Salon, Nolte Academy.)
About Andre Wright
Andre’ is the CEO of Born Leaders United. He has branded himself as a fashion entrepreneur who has given new light to the meaning of fashion and Iowa. Considered the leader of the new fashion industry, his clothing brand Born Leaders United has shown that anyone can be a leader if they have a passion for what they are doing. Andre’ regularly gives back to schools and the community with mentorship and being a beacon of hope for anyone who wants to start a career in fashion or entrepreneurship from Iowa. Andre’ is on his way to making Born Leaders United a worldwide brand and has gotten distinguished recognition from the local community and the region, voted as one of the one of the people to watch in 2017 by the Iowa City Press-Citizen and a 40 Under 40 community leader recipient in 2017. He created the first ever project by learning class at City High as a volunteer, and produced six fashion shows/experiences in 2017, giving other fashion designers an opportunity to showcase their lines and live their dreams. If you are an entrepreneur or have a dream of being in the fashion industry he is the guy to stand next to.
About Emily Carlson
Emily is the Founder & Creative Director for womenswear label WRITTEN Apparel. Under the WRITTEN label, Emily has begun to make her mark in the fashion world with the design of statement pencil skirts for the woman who fearlessly paves her own path in life…earning Emily the reputation of being affectionately called “the skirt girl.”
The start of Emily’s career in fashion began at a very young age as she recalls sketching and designing the wardrobe for paper dolls her parents would give her to play with. Never loving the store-bought options, Emily was left with only one logical answer…create the outfits she wanted for the dolls herself. That was the start of it all. “Writing her own story,” if you will.
It was a career in corporate retirement investments that finally became the tipping point where Emily decided to pursue her passion for design and fashion. Returning to school and earning a degree in Apparel Merchandising & Design from Kirkwood Community College, Emily credits the program for providing her with many of the fundamentals to starting to plan out her vision. The rest of it she attributes to self-teaching, networking, and lots of trial and error.
Inevitably in her journey, Emily learned the importance of entrepreneurship and how important it would be in the success of achieving her vision. WRITTEN Apparel was one of six companies selected from 200 applicants to the Iowa Startup Accelerator’s Fall 2016 cohort. Here Emily credits the merger of her creativity and design talent with the empowerment of business skills…officially launching the WRITTEN Apparel brand and embodying the spirit of the #WRITTENWoman in which she designs for.
Emily is excited to be returning to Witching Hour this year to present the New Perspective collaboration collection in partnership with Andre’ Wright of Born Leaders United.
Other notable facts about Emily: She always drives over the speed limit, likes to eat Domino’s pizza with Dom Perignon, and never travels with less than five pairs of shoes (“you can never be too prepared”). Although music of all genres fuels her creativity on any given day, she boasts a shameless love for hip-hop. In college, Emily has learned to speak Mandarin Chinese and to play 10 different musical instruments in her ripe old age of 33. She believes that dogs are better creatures than most people and isn’t afraid to kiss them on the mouth.