PROFESSIONALS DIRECTORY

The TFII Professionals Directory is a place for the world to discover quality Texas fashion talent. These professionals work at an excelled level and display years of experience in their field. Through the TFII Professionals Directory, members meet other Texas fashion industry professionals, build relationships, do business with other Texans and serve as leading advocates for the positive growth of the Texas Fashion Industry globally. Discover these incredible ambassadors below.

LARI NELSON

Owner Lari Nelson Fashion Group / THE AGENCY Modeling & Talent

30+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“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.”

JULES ALDAZ

Wardrobe Stylist for Great Day SA-KENS5/Style by Jules & Boutique Owner, TREND

25 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“My authentic love for fashion makes me passionate about helping people feel good about themselves. As a professional fashion wardrobe stylist, I am privileged to help so many achieve their style goals. Encouraging my clients, that’s the most fashionable part of any outfit. I strive to make them feel strong, confident, and comfortable. through styling, I am proud to represent the Texas fashion industry.”

PAM LUTRELL

Fashion Influencer For Woman 50+ & Journalism Educator

25+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“I have taught journalism and been a writer my entire career. In 2010 I began a blog called “Over 50 Feeling 40″ which has grown to own a Google Page Rank 4 and a thriving daily audience of women 40+. In 2014 I began a new inspirational campaign called I MATTER, where women are inspired and encouraged to look and feel their very best! I am passionate about assisting careers in fashion and to continue to open and grow particularly in San Antonio. This creative, thriving community needs a strong fashion representation and I am excited to be an advocate for this positive growth in Texas”

MICHAEL QUINTANILLA

Fashion Writer/Editor

25+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“You could say that I’m the Accidental Fashionista because I fell into fashion on a whim by an editor at the Los Angeles Times. She sent me to New York, Milan and Paris because she wanted to send a curious reporter. And it was that curiosity that has kept me in fashion for all these years, calling up my curiosity to learn why fashion even exists. 

And here’s why it does: fashion is emotional, fashion is funny, fashion is rebellious, fashion is a sport, fashion is intellectual, fashion is passionate, fashion is a crime, fashion segregates, fashion unites, fashion is democratic, fashion inspires.  Fashion gives voice. And I believe that’s what TFII will strive to do: give fashion in Texas a big voice because as it is often said, everything is big in Texas.”  

Michelle Taylor

Owner, Stylist, and Educator at Smooth Lines Salon & Spa

22 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“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.”

GOLDEN SKYY

Owner/Educator at Golden Skyy Fashion Design Prep-Studio/Textile & Fashion Designer

22 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“My passion is to educate inspiring young designers of tomorrow. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to have attended some of the top design schools around the world and so I want to make a positive impact in breaking down the basic structure of learning and focus on a core curriculum. This re-engineered method of teaching will allow each student to excel at a much higher pace than your average entry-level student. Education is the fuel that powers a positive future!”

NAOMI WANJIKU

Fashion Artist at Wanjiku Designs

20+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“I am a woman of color and an immigrant. I have been creating my own fashion art since I was a girl growing up in Kenya. Today, I intertwine my country’s heritage with my fashion art and am very passionate about mentoring upcoming artists, and representing Texas in my shows in major art capitals of the world.”

PRISCILLA MARTINEZ

Jewelry Designer & Chief Creative Officer of Joyarte Couture and Priscilla Laurel

15 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“I would love to give back to the community by sharing my art, inspiring my followers, and mentoring new talent to explore their natural gifts. I will defend and advocate our position for progressive artistic growth in Texas and I will be a positive voice for the fashion community in a city that is still awakening to amazing fashion possibilities, thus contributing to the Texas fashion industry as a whole.”

KIRSTEN THOMPSON

Creative Director | Wardrobe Stylist - Personal & Editorial | Costumer

7+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“Growing up immersed in a culturally rich environment, I saw colorful characters all around me. From my two beautiful grandmothers to the man who delivered the most vibrant garments from the big city – via his van – to our doorsteps before mobile boutiques were even a thing. Members of my community imprinted on me. The art of style made me feel so alive! After working over 20 years in fashion and retail, it still does! Growing the Texas Fashion Industry will not only lead to opportunities and exposure for members of our community, but for those industries to which we are tangently connected. At the 2018 San Antonio Fashion Awards, Erika Prosper Nirenberg stated: “The creative industries contribute 4.3 billion dollars to the San Antonio economy and account for over 21,000 jobs.” Fashion has made a significant impact on those statistics – and on a larger scale throughout our state. Economic empowerment is integral to the well-being of any community. We also need beauty and creative energy in this world. Fashion is the perfect prescription!”

AGOSTO CUELLAR

Fashion Designer

20+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“I got my start as a local vintage store that grew into a cultural phenomenon locally. Jive Refried was featured in Elle Magazine in 2005 showcasing some of my original fur work which inspired me to continue my repurposed and sustainable fashion designs before it hit big in pop culture. Tim Gunn has called me a “Wild Card” when it comes to my designs and I am the proud founder and producer of Runway En La Calle, a 10 year old project that pioneered the 50′ outdoor runway experience in the West Side of San Antonio, Texas. This project featured up and coming talent that would otherwise not have a platform for exposure and allowed established designers to showcase in a unique event this pushed the boundaries of culture and art. This year, my personal collection will be showcased in New York and Paris with my homecoming being in San Antonio at FASHION WEEK SATX™. Throughout my journey I have naturally gravitate towards supporting the positive growth of the local fashion industry and so I am proud to be a leader and member of TFII and continue to show the world that Texas is a force to be reckoned with.” 

LISA WELLER

Owner, Twirl Salon & Twirl Salon Austin

10+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“Positive growth reflects to the World a positive image that all of us can benefit from. I don’t want to have to explain to the outside Fashion community why I choose to live in Texas, I want it to be obvious! I am rooting for everyone because it inspires me to try harder and get better to see others doing the same in my own city and state.”

OLIVIA VILLA

Owner and Makeup Innovator at LivBeautified, LLC

10+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“I’m from California and San Antonio has been my Home for 13 years and this is where my passion flourished. I love being part of the fashion and arts community. There is so much talent here and I am proud to be part of this beautiful city. I love supporting our community in any way I can. I am excited to represent Texas globally.”

Dominic M. Alonzo

Celebrity Hairstylist/Owner at Salon DMA

10 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“I am beyond excited to be a part of something new and fresh for San Antonio and Texas! This will be a great movement and I’m ready to show the world what we have to offer! Being a born native, this city and state are dear to me, so making moves with my fashion community like TFII will be one for the books! lets make moves Texas!”

Rosa Isela Romo

Luxury Couture Miliner and owner at Rosa Isela.

10 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

ERIN O'BRIEN

CEO & Editor-in-Chief at 71 Magazine

13 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“We’re passionate about supporting the wealth of creative talent in the growing Texas fashion industry, and promoting these incredible voices on an international stage.”

CALLEY RIVERA

Designer & Owner at CRC Manufacturing, LLC

8 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

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

MARCOS ORLANDO​

Streetwear Designer, Fashion Artist & Creative Director at Marcos Orlando® LLC

8 Years Experience
Corpus Christi, Texas Member

“Texas has the resources, real estate, talent and culture. Creative collaboration, culture integration, and economic development, I look forward to helping our Texas fashion industry grow through these movements and I am proud to stand with TFII to represent industry and our professional Texas fashion scene.”

BOBBY MALOY

Internationally Recognized Hairdresser & Educator

4+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“Your hair is the most important (and should be the most expensive) accessory you wear. The quality and integrity of hair is the equivalent of the craftsmanship of a luxury handbag. Clients are worth every dollar and I plan to continue to educate the next generation of hair dressers. Education is key.”

SIMON SALT

Simon Salt Photography

6+ Years Experience
Austin & San Antonio, Texas

“For a long time, fashion outside of the major markets has been ignored or seen as a stepping stone in a person’s career. This ignores the huge amount of talent that produces and contributes to fashion at all levels. As a photographer who has multiple International publications on my resume, I want to be part of the movement that proves fashion talent in Texas can have a successful career and provide encouragement to those who not only produce fashion but want to do so without feeling forced to move away from the place they call home.” 

DORA VERA

Makeup Innovator and Owner at The Look by Dora Vera

6 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“I am extremely passionate about makeup and everything that comes along with it. Learning and growing is a big part of me so to be a part of the growth of my industry in my city is a huge deal! This is an amazing start to what will be the rest of our lives in a city that we love and rep so much!”

Janai Cantua

Owner, Photographer at Jana Cantua Photography

5 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“I am a female Latina photographer so I’ve had my share of challenges. Most people don’t expect someone like me to be a photographer in the industry, but I know it makes me bring something different to the industry. I would describe my personal style as 1970s meets cosmic cowgirl and my photography style as editorial meets colorful. San Antonio has a vibrant culture and so many fashionable and talented individuals. I want people to know about us and how much we can bring to the table.”

Wally Lafaiete

Maestro Entrepreneur Center/Lafaiete Creative Productions

5 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“The growth of our local fashion industry will mean more jobs and opportunities for those in the fashion, beauty and art scene. Maestro Entrepreneur Center has been created to be an incubator and accelerator of small business owners and we are here to help professionals in this industry to take their businesses to the next level. I am excited to stand tall with the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative as a leader for the positive growth of our industry.”

SARAH STONE

Owner of The Perfect Shirt, menswear bespoke clothing store owner

3 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“Why is my passion menswear? It’s in my blood. My great x 5 grandfather worked at the Menger Hotel as a tailor during the time Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders rode through San Antonio. Menswear has always been at the back of mind as my grandmother retold family stories of her Great Grandfather and Teddy Roosevelt. The trend in menswear has evolved into a more tailored and custom style with more and more men easing into custom garments as accessibility increases. The growth of menswear is exponential nationwide, including in San Antonio. Bespoke clients can range from the everyday gentleman to business leaders to music influencers. The future for bespoke menswear is endless and expanding offerings and finishings are the forefront.”

SHO WHITENER

Sho Whitener Non Profit Organization Executive Fashion Director

3 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“The growth of the Texas Fashion Industry will give truth to power that creativity is everywhere not just in New York. That Fashion can thrive wherever it’s afforded the chance. I believe that Texas is a hidden and untapped breeding ground for the next big move in Fashion. Texas is not just the biggest state for nothing. The bigger the state the more creatives. Texas is Fashion and I look forward to playing a major role in helping it to become the next fashion Mecca of the United States.”

KAREN SCHMELZER

Owner & Stylist at Grayce Ln.

3 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“It’s imperative that we are a community and support the growth of fashion in Texas! Especially San Antonio so our city continues to thrive and gain appeal. TFII is amazing and I am so proud to be an ambassador for Texas fashion globally!”

MARISOL DELUNA

Marisol Deluna New York, LLC Deluna By Design, Inc. Marisol Deluna Foundation, Inc.

30+ Years Experience
New York, New York Member

“When I left Texas in 1985, San Antonio offered few options in fashion, unless I wanted to work in a mall. Today it’s different with endless possibilities. New York is kind to me- so it’s time to give back to my childhood hometown through our nonprofit foundation, Marisol Deluna Foundation, headquartered in Texas. We encourage creativity and local manufacturing.”

Jesse Daniels

Head of Design & Brand at San Antonio Shoemakers

19 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

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

DIANA SNECKNER

owner & Founder of Avant Agency Inc.

20+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“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.” 

Jon-Michael Narvaez

Design Director at ES&JM Holdings, LLC

9 Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“San Antonio is continuing to grow with several fashion professionals moving from major cities we are in a position to shape our youth as well as those who wish to grow a legitimate portfolio as a creative in the city. I am passionate on educating those who wish to grow a book of business as well as a legitimate stream of income from their passion.”

Jessica Zapatero

Publicist and Marketer for Fashion & Lifestyle Brands

20+ Years Experience
San Antonio, Texas Member

“I am passionate about the growth of the fashion industry because I have been in the industry for over 20 years. Living in San Antonio after coming from California I see immense potential for manufacturing, design, and overall economic growth. Texas is a multi-cultural mecca poised to be recognized nationally in the fashion world.”

TRENDSETTER MEMBERS

TFII Trendsetter Members are entry level fashion community aspiring to achieve professional levels in the fashion industry. Through the Texas Fashion industry Initiative, we strive to connect these future professionals with mentors, resources, education and other networking opportunities to further enhance their dreams. Please meet our aspirational Trendsetter Members below.

KRYSTAL NAVARRO:
UIW Fashion Society President

AREA OF ASPIRATION:
Fashion Media

AMBER YBARRA:
Founder of The Positive Platform

AREA OF ASPIRATION:
Fashion Industry Motivator

KASSANDRA RODRIGUEZ:
Style Contributor: Style Lush TV

AREA OF ASPIRATION:
Fashion Media

KAIA DUBLIN:
Style Contributor: Style Lush TV

AREA OF ASPIRATION:
Fashion Stylist

ROY BAKER:
Freelance Photographer

AREA OF ASPIRATION:
Fashion Design

NAVARR GONZALEZ:
Student at UTSA

AREA OF ASPIRATION:
Fashion Designer

AREA OF ASPIRATION:
Fashion Marketing

AREA OF ASPIRATION:
Retail & Design

AREA OF ASPIRATION:
Fashion Media

AREA OF ASPIRATION:
Fashion Merchandise

AREA OF ASPIRATION:
Fashion Design

AREA OF ASPIRATION:
Beauty Innovation

INFLUENCER MEMBERS

Influencer Members have strong, professional content on at least one mainstream platform. As a member they show their support for the positive growth of the Texas Fashion Industry as a promotional partner. From bloggers to YouTubers, these creative leaders pave the way for the zeitgeist of fashionable online entertainment and information. Like our other members, they lead fashionable lifestyles, support the growth of the Texas Fashion Industry and stand side by side with their fellow TFII Members to prove that Texas fashion industry is strong and thriving.

Platform: Instagram
101K

“I agree with the mission of the Texas Fashion Industry. We can become a third coast for Fashion! There are so many of us in this city and state that live the arts, thrive with fashion and love color. I definitely think that we’re totally in a sweet spot for the growth of the local fashion industry!”

FASHION FRIENDS

TFII Fashion Friend Members do not work in fashion for a living, but lead fashionable lifestyles and support the growth of the Texas Fashion Industry. We would like to thank our Fashion Friend Members and invite you to discover them as well.

SIMPLY RAYNE:
Music Artist

“I’m excited about the positive growth because it will open doors for all art mediums to gain industry standards of education and support as members of TFII.”

MARTY ELWARD:
Fiber Optical Tech

“This profession is something that my partner Golden Skyy is a big part of here in our city. I am here to help support him and the Fashion Industry in our city and to help it grow to its Fullest Potential”

CRYSTAL COMBS:
Crystal Clear Photograpghy

“Fashion is art, and as a fellow artist it inspires my work daily.”

POWER ADVOCATES

TFII Power Advocate Members do not work in fashion for a living, but lead fashionable lifestyles. They are leaders in their industry and have reached high levels of success. These individuals, brands, businesses and organizations understand the importance of nurturing and supporting the fashion & style industry in Texas and typically become TFII event sponsors in order to demonstrate their support. Thank you to our current Power Advocates and all those who will come in the future. We appreciate your support and always look forward to working aside you to bring our mission to fruition.  

LAURA RODRIGUEZ

Board President of the Junior Austin Woman's Club

Austin, Texas Member

“Texas has great potential to flourish as an industry leader, we are seeing tremendous growth in people coming into our state from bigger cities such as LA & NY and fashion is part of the fabric of which they come from. Naturally, they will want to seek it here and we are ready. We have an opportunity to bring our state/cities to the forefront as we grow and become more metropolitan. I support the positive growth of the Texas Fashion Industry!”

MAESTRO ENTREPRENEUR CENTER

Fosters entrepreneurship and supports small businesses

San Antonio, Texas Member

“At the Maestro Entrepreneur Center (MEC) in partnership with the Hispanic Chamber, we foster entrepreneurship and provide a platform where learning and collaboration happens. We revolutionize how to grow the next generation of successful entrepreneurs. MEC is a private, non-profit business center for the accelerated development of existing small, minority, woman and veteran owned businesses in the San Antonio Metro Area. We encourage the fashion community to come in and take advantage of our establishment. We support the positive growth of the Texas Fashion Industry!”

HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - SAN ANTONIO

The leading resource, advocate, and access point for Hispanic business

San Antonio, Texas Member

“The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) has been selected as one of the best-run chambers in America. A strong advocate for Hispanic business and Hispanics in business for 85 years, the Hispanic Chamber has been officially notified of its designation as a 5-Star Accredited Chamber from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It is the first Hispanic Chamber in the United States to be accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We are excited to be a supporter of the Texas Fashion Industry, especially here in beautiful San Antonio, Texas.” 

LIZ BURT

Director of Placemaking & Programming at Centro San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas Member

“We are proud to support the positive growth of the Texas Fashion Industry. We look forward to working with TFII for many years to come.”

CENTRO SAN ANTONIO

Leaders in building a more prosperous Downtown, San Antonio.

San Antonio, Texas Member

“We envision Downtown San Antonio as a gathering place, a beautiful place, and as San Antonio’s true center. Our mission is to mobilize people and resources to build a more prosperous downtown. We are excited to support the Texas Fashion Industry, especially as part of our Downtown professional community.” 

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