Designing an Industry: Kansas City’s Fashion Leaders

On April 13, 2017, as part of Kansas City Design Week Rightfully Sewn founder and president, Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer, spoke about how her organization is working to bring opportunity and jobs to our community through the business of fashion. Three of the five Rightfully Sewn resident fashion designers, Kate Nickols, Ami Beck, and myself, also spoke about our design influences, creative processes, and business practices.

Rightfully Sewn provides seamstress training for at-risk women so they can thrive in a specialized workforce that will reestablish Kansas City as an epicenter of garment manufacturing, while at the same time, propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for high-quality, American-produced garments.

Photography by Alex Rhoades

The event took place at the beautiful BERG EVENT SPACE.

From left: Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer, Ami Beck, Kate Nickols, and Sarah Nelsen.

Presentation and Q&A Panel Discussion

Designer Product + Mingling

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