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STRONG ADVOCACY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

The Texas Fashion Industry Initiative is the state’s first official non-profit dedicated to the positive growth to our Texas fashion industry. Headquartered in beautiful Downtown San Antonio, Texas, TFII serves by bridging our Texas fashion communities together, educating entrepreneurs, creating jobs, showcasing our artists and drawing global attention to our Texas fashion scene. 100% of the funds TFII receives goes directly back to the local fashion community. By providing powerful annual events, outlets for global exposure, education for professional growth, and other strong advocacy programs, our local industry will continue to evolve each year. TFII also strives to award grants and scholarships to deserving fashion community and aspiring students. We do this in order to ignite innovation, inspire, and retain our talent while connecting our unique fashion culture to a network of professionals and patrons statewide, nationally and globally. Texas houses world class fashion talent, dedicated entrepreneurs and fresh perspectives from newly graduated fashion students and TFII creates a culture in which these talents can feel confident in headquartering here. Through our efforts, we act as ambassadors for our fashion talent locally, bridge a network statewide, share our community globally and are dedicated to a mission beyond ourselves.

STRONG ADVOCACY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

The Texas Fashion Industry Initiative is the state’s first official non-profit dedicated to the positive growth to our Texas fashion industry. Headquartered in beautiful Downtown San Antonio, Texas, TFII serves by bridging our Texas fashion communities together, educating entrepreneurs, creating jobs, showcasing our artists and drawing global attention to our Texas fashion scene. 100% of the funds TFII receives goes directly back to the local fashion community. By providing powerful annual events, outlets for global exposure, education for professional growth, and other strong advocacy programs, our local industry will continue to evolve each year. TFII also strives to award grants and scholarships to deserving fashion community and aspiring students. We do this in order to ignite innovation, inspire, and retain our talent while connecting our unique fashion culture to a network of professionals and patrons statewide, nationally and globally. Texas houses world class fashion talent, dedicated entrepreneurs and fresh perspectives from newly graduated fashion students and TFII creates a culture in which these talents can feel confident in headquartering here. Through our efforts, we act as ambassadors for our fashion talent locally, bridge a network statewide, share our community globally and are dedicated to a mission beyond ourselves.

HOW WE BUILD INDUSTRY

As of 2015, Fashion has become a $1.2 trillion global industry, with more than $250 billion spent annually on fashion in the United States. According to industry analysts, millions of people in the United States will have a positive impact on regional economies across the country, especially the entrepreneur and small business sector. Fashion industry professionals include: Womenswear Designers, Menswear Designers, Cobblers, Hair Stylists, Makeup Artists, Manufacturers, Fashion Boutique Owners, Wholesalers, Social Media Managers, Influencers, Project Managers, Milliners, Fashion Show Producers, Models, Modeling Agencies, Fashion Artists, Fashion Industry Lawyers, Fashion Stylists, Fashion Technology Specialists, Fashion Magazine Owners, Fashion Photographers, Tailors, Jewelry Designers, Spa Owners, Cosmetics Creators, Sustainable Fashion Specialists, Bag Designers, and many more. 

Our annual cycle begins with education for local fashion artists and entrepreneurs that both launches and accelerates businesses. We then bring worldwide awareness and continued education through our global awareness department. Finally, our Arts & Culture Department exposes our market to high fashion experiences and showcases these new businesses at the biggest fashion event of the year for Industry, Fashion Week SATX. Read below for more details.

1. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

SILVER JACKET ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM

Through our research, we have found that fashion graduates leave with incredible artistic skills but lack the business education truly needed to monetize on their creativity. We’re changing that! 

Our curriculum is designed for the realistic, entry level scenario of one person needing to wear the many hats it takes to powerfully launch their business.

Together with our business accelerator partners, Silver Jackets will have the power of knowledge, exclusive resources and continued support towards a successful fashion business.

1. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

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SILVER JACKET ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM

Through our research, we have found that fashion graduates leave with incredible artistic skills but lack the business education truly needed to monetize on their creativity. We’re changing that! 

Our curriculum is designed for the realistic, entry level scenario of one person needing to wear the many hats it takes to powerfully launch their business.

Together with our business accelerator partners, Silver Jackets will have the power of knowledge, exclusive resources and continued support towards a successful fashion business.

2. GLOBAL AWARENESS DEPARTMENT

STYLE LUSH TV FASHION NEWS

Style Lush TV is Texas’ leading resource for High Fashion & Texas Fashion Industry News.  Since 2010 this platform has pioneered fashion community news parallel to high fashion content, elevating everyone and anyone who is featured on their video or written content.

TFII Members & Silver Jacket Entrepreneurs are regularly featured on this platform. Silver Jackets work closely with this department to learn how to approach media from a public relations stand point in order to encourage global relationships with media outlets of all kinds throughout the world.  

2. GLOBAL AWARENESS DEPARTMENT

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STYLE LUSH TV FASHION NEWS

Style Lush TV is Texas’ leading resource for High Fashion & Texas Fashion Industry News.  Since 2010 this platform has pioneered fashion community news parallel to high fashion content, elevating everyone and anyone who is featured on their video or written content.

TFII Members & Silver Jacket Entrepreneurs are regularly featured on this platform. Silver Jackets work closely with this department to learn how to approach media from a public relations stand point in order to encourage global relationships with media outlets of all kinds throughout the world.  

3. ARTS & CULTURE DEPARTMENT

FASHION WEEK SATX & POWER EVENTS

Throughout the year, our Arts & Culture Department strives to make world fashion & high fashion experiences more accessible locally so as to inspire and educate our market.

This department works closely with our education department to prepare our Silver Jacket Entrepreneurs for their breakout moment at Fashion Week SATX, the state’s official fashion week in support of strong industry. 

During this time we also host the State’s official Texas Fashion Industry Convention in which TFII Members and Texas fashion industry professionals meet and network.

3. ARTS & CULTURE DEPARTMENT

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FASHION WEEK SATX & POWER EVENTS

Throughout the year, our Arts & Culture Department strives to make world fashion & high fashion experiences more accessible locally so as to inspire and educate our market.

This department works closely with our education department to prepare our Silver Jacket Entrepreneurs for their breakout moment at Fashion Week SATX, the state’s official fashion week in support of strong industry. 

During this time we also host the State’s official Texas Fashion Industry Convention in which TFII Members and Texas fashion industry professionals meet and network.

BUILDING A STRONGER FASHION INDUSTRY ONE DEPARTMENT AT A TIME

MEET THE BOARD

THANK YOU FOR VISITING.

“We are so excited to serve our fashion community. Thank you for the support. We look forward to diving into this exiting year of evolution and building the Texas Fashion Industry. It’s incredible to meet you.”

BURGUNDY WOODS - PRESIDENT

Ms. Woods and her Hollywood colleagues pioneered the online fashion media industry over ten years ago. Many of the stylized ideas and tools launched at that time are still used as industry standard to this day. Having worked for major record labels, including Virgin Records, EMI Music, Capitol, and Interscope, starring as Fashion Curator of MySpace, Inc.’s Fashion Channel and assisting the design department at Laundry by Shelli Segal as well as working with other world famous brands, she felt confident in launching her own fashion media company in 2010. She returned to San Antonio, Texas in 2014 and celebrates nine fruitful years with her company, Style Lush TV Fashion News this year.

JEANELLY CONCEPCION - VICE PRESIDENT

Jeanelly has an M.S. in Natural Resource Conservation & Managment. As vice president she offers her expertise in sustainability and eco-friendly fashion while taking on multiple duties and tasks with the president. Originally from New York City, Jeanelly is of Dominican roots. Having lived in Puerto Rico for over 22 years, she now enjoys a highly successful fashion blogging career at TheFashionLotus.com. She is a Texas influencer and has been a freelance fashion contributor for Style Lush TV for several years. She believes in empowering women through fashion and helping them feel beautiful no matter what their financial situation, body shape, age or where they live or work.

CRYSTAL MARTINEZ - SECRETARY

A lover of vintage, Crystal is known for her unparalleled curation, styling, and buying power of 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and other vintage decades. A current resident of San Antonio, Texas, Crystal enjoys offering her skills to private clientele and has been a freelance fashion contributor for Style Lush TV for several years as well. She  believes fashion serves the soul and can take you on a journey. Whether it’s a creative feeling from the past or an example of self expression in the present, fashion is transcendent.

MEET OUR 2020 CHAIRS

JESSE DANIELS
Chair of TFII Business Strategies & Planning

20 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Jesse is the Head of Design and Brand at SAS – San Antonio Shoemakers. San Antonio Shoemakers was born in 1976, in the Southside of the city. Starting small, with just 13 shoemakers and no marketing beyond word of mouth. Today, the line features everything from walking and athletic shoes to pumps, flats, sandals, and even a new boot for women. The men’s line has expanded to include walking and athletic wear to dress shoes like the Ambassador and Diplomat to a new casual shoe, the Move On, featuring S Motion Technology™. As the company remains family owned, Jesse comes in with 20 years of experience as a designer with credits under his belt that include Puma and Converse, bringing SAS into the next decade, winning the 2018 San Antonio Fashion Awards in the Retailer of the Year Category.

“The growth of our fashion industry brings positive, productive, and lucrative career opportunities to right-brained people often underutilized and cast aside.”

CHRISTINE DONOVAN
Chair of TFII Youth Programs

6 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Christine is a Fashion Design teacher for entry level students for Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX. She has been teaching fashion since starting at Stevens HS. She has provided many opportunities for her students to explore their dreams of being in the fashion industry. She has the largest fashion department in NISD and strives to provide students with knowledge of the industry as well as experience with designing and creating. Some of the things they’ve done include the UIW Red Dress Fashion Show, FashionABLE, Texas State Fashion Merchandising Forum, and volunteer to work behind the scenes during the 2019 Fashion Week SATX™ fashion shows.

“I teach students here in SA who have a passion for fashion, but just need a little help to follow their dream. I strive to provide students with knowledge of the industry as well as experience with designing and creating. I think it’s important to share all the wonderful opportunities SA has to offer.”

CALLEY RIVERA
Chair of TFII Manufacturing Initiative

9 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Calley was in the Civil Engineering Field with the United States Airforce for 8 years. This incredible veteran is now a Fashion Designer, Technical Designer & Fashion Consultant. She has been in the field for nine years and now runs her company, CRC Manufacturing in San Antonio, Texas. Through her Gerber technology resources, she hopes to foster innovation in the manufacturing culture in Texas and leads the way for initiatives that will help create an ecosystem of creation for our local artists and producers of goods. Services provided include pattern making, grading, sample making, marker making and small run production services for private label brands. They also provide technical design, tech pack development and a host of other services. Calley also holds a Bachelors of Applied Arts & Science and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration & Managment from the University of the Incarnate word. Her well rounded intelligence, attention to work ethic and superior experience make her one of San Antonio’s most valuable resources for her field. She is a strong advocate for the positive growth of the Texas fashion industry because she truly understands the power of knowledge in the field, having quality skills, and strong human resources that can fulfill specific sectors of the industry.

“I work in this field and my business success is dependent on a healthy local industry as well as statewide. Most of my clients are Texans and their success is my passion.”

SHARMON LEBBY
Chair of TFII Fashion Sustainability Advocacy

9+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Sharmon is president of The Ethical Network of San Antonio, a group of people and businesses who are prioritizing ethics in their work and purchases. They strive to bring people together to network, support fair trade, local jobs, social enterprise and global missions in support of sustainability advocacy. When she’s not consuming NadaMoo in epic portions, Sharmon is styling people in “ethical wears”.  She enjoys helping out other non profits, and has been a Stylist and Creative Director for Revolution Thrift as well as the Social Media Director for Love in Action. She is also the founder of Blessed Designs, an ethical and sustainable clothing brand.

“I am excited to lead the conversation for fashion sustainability with TFII. At Ethical Network we strive to bring people together for this cause and come TEXAS FASHION WEEK™, we hope to make a big impact for awareness.”

CRYSTAL COMBS
Chair of TFII Media Resources

9+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Crystal is a regular among the San Antonio, Texas photography circuit. You will find her out and about shooting celebrities, city events, festivals and every type of memorable outing you can imagine. She owns Crystal Clear Photography and freelances regularly. When it comes to fashion, she has a passion for shooting this medium. 

“Fashion is art, and as a fellow artist it inspires my work daily. I’m excited to shoot for TFII and to lend my expertise to gain media resources for our mission.”

NICK KIRPES
Chair of Streetwear Industry Advocacy & TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ Street Beat Event

21+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

With only 4 years in the industry, Nick and his elevated streetwear brand VRARE have seenrapid success and locally and nationally. He hosted an event for Los Angeles Fashion Week, and has had his Brand featured on British GQ three times. When he is not in San Antonio, he is traveling the nation with his brand and continuously seeks new ways to innovate the industry.

“I am passionate about the fashion industry’s growth because it gives an entire community of creatives like myself a continuously growing platform. I am proud to be Chair of the Streetwear Industry Advocacy movement and can’t wait to support this genre of fashion come time for TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ in the fall.”

LARI NELSON
Chair of TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ Model Resources

25+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Lari has been in the fashion industry for over 30 years and grew up in a family that owned a factory, retail stores and showroom in the major markets. For the past 15 years she has trained models at her company THE AGENCY Model & Talent and through her guidance and grooming, has succeeded in sending off many to the larger markets, including New York, Japan, Milan, and the list just continues. Her models grow into their own walking shows for the major fashion houses and back home, she continues to scout and seek her next shooting stars. With decades of honorable service to her fashion community, the city and the industry, Lari recently won the first Texas Fashion Industry Professional of the Year Award at the 2019 San Antonio Fashion Awards and continues to be a mother agency to her “model children” afar and at home.

“My family owned a factory, retail stores and showrooms in the major markets, so I have a great admiration for Texas Fashion because, I know it’s hard work! Now with over 15 years of training models and sending them off to larger markets under my belt, I can understand the entire process of the fashion industry on a deeper level and am incredibly proud to pass on my knowledge as a proud representative and leader of the Texas Fashion Industry.” 

DIANA SNECKNER
Chair of TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ Model Relations

21+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Diana is the owner and director of her company, Avant Agency Inc. A highly experienced fashion industry professional, Diana has worked as a fashion producer/coordinator for over 20 years. She has produced shows for Seventeen Magazine, Glamour Magazine, as well as produced fashion shows for commercial brands such as Tide Laundry Detergent. She has also served as an international fashion show producer for 8 years taking her Avant Agency Fashion models to Mexico City in partnership with AM Producciones. The fashion shows were aired by Televisa. On the print side of things, she worked as a fashion editor for AMUZE Magazine, and created some incredible work during her time there.

“San Antonio has a unique multicultural and diverse footprint as a destination city with a large Hispanic population. We have a geographic advantage to Mexico and Latin America that gives us a niche in introducing cross cultural influences in fashion and introducing that to the rest of the world! As a resident in San Antonio, I would like to see more of the best of the best fashion designers show us their work in fashion show events. I would like to help retailers -especially those that are small business retailers- have fashion events available to support their healthy growth in light of todays competitive on line market share. I want to support keeping business local and with that, keeping our city flavorfully unique.”

MICHELLE TAYLOR
Chair of TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ Glamour Squad

23 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

Michelle has owned Smooth Lines Salon & Spa since 1996. She brings her experience and talent to the forefront. She is an advocate for continuous training for herself and her team.

“At Smooth Lines Salon & Spa we are devoted to education, exceptional customer service and artistic excellence. Through the highest quality spectrum of salon and spa services and products, we make all of our customer’s look and feel fantastic. Our Stylist are trained by the leading stylist from Coast to Coast. We maintain a high standard of education for our team and work to ensure our clients look their best. We are so excited to support the Texas fashion industry during FASHION WEEK SATX™. Come on out, see our work, meet the team and book your appointments with us.”

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