Conventional wisdom suggests that the road to mainstream success in the fashion industry must go through New York or Los Angeles and ultimately to the factories of China and Southeast Asia. Is that true? Or can up-and-coming Houston designers flourish right here at home?
That question will be a prime topic at "Domestically Driven: Discussions on Locally Manufactured Fashion," a panel discussion hosted by Settlement Goods and Design. This is the second panel discussion hosted by the boutique clothier, which specializes in American brands and designers.
"Houston has factories, fabrics and people that show and make clothes," says Settlement representative Michael Mandola. "We have the whole infrastructure in Houston, including the talent and work ethic, but people don't necessarily know that."
Tonight's event kicks off with a cocktail reception and features designers from all three coasts: Venessa Arizaga from New York; Bari Ziperstein from Los Angeles; and local designer Chloe Dao.
Each designer is expected to reveal their own manufacturing philosophy while discussing the pros and cons of producing stateside versus abroad.