*Topics to be covered:
The Future of Brick and Mortar - management, sales, marketing and customer relations will be covered.
Using Social Media to Build a Brand - the significance of making a statement, selling through storytelling, and brand awareness.
Slow Fashion & Sustainability - a lecture on the slow fashion movement and the impact of sustainability on the fashion industry.
Co-Op: Funding The Maker’s Workshop - all about cultivating financial resources and skill sets for Pittsburgh makers.
The Business of Modeling - how to walk, how to create a personal business plan, and different genres of modeling.
Mayor William Peduto and The Downtown Community Development Corporation will host Pittsburgh's first ever Pittsburgh Fashion Summit on Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Union Trust Building. With an aim to put Pittsburgh on the fashion map, the Summit will include panel discussions, keynote speakers, workshops and networking events. These educational experiences will focus on taking ideas to fruition for designers, operating brick and mortar stores, online shops, and a special workshop for makers.
The Pittsburgh Fashion Summit will be open to everybody in the fashion community, from designers, makers and manufacturers to models and influencers. Regardless of the connection to fashion, be it a boutique, a jewelry store, a salon or shoes, everyone is welcome.
Around 400 people are expected to attend. The venue has a theater auditorium along with classroom space to accommodate four different workshops in addition to lunch and a networking event.
Features and Benefits
The Downtown CDC will announce six new fashion initiatives for the Pittsburgh Fashion Summit:
Bringing local designers and boutiques together with the goal being the boutiques will carry the designers clothing lines
A monthly spotlight on up and coming designers
Discount ticket program to fashion shows and events
Collaborating with educational institutions in regards to business classes
A mentorship program
A fashion directory
Members of the fashion community, designers, makers, retail business owners, clothing buyers (wholesale & retail), fashion enthusiasts and supporters.
Union Trust Building
501 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Keynote speaker, roundtable panel discussion, workshop classes, and a lunch break in between. Evening networking event will follow.
Check-in: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Mayor Bill Peduto, Speaker: 1:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
Panel discussion: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Coffee break: 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Workshops: 2:45 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Networking, Appetizers and Cocktails: 4:40 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
DEDICATED TO THE EVOLUTION OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE, PITTSBURGH FASHION WEEK (PGHFW) IS A WEEK-LONG EVENT FOR FASHION INFLUENCERS, INNOVATORS AND ENTHUSIASTS. STRIVING TO UNITE AND PROMOTE THE EMERGING FASHION INDUSTRY, WE AIM TO PRESENT A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON THE TALENT THAT EXISTS WITHIN OUR CITY.