Another Texas Fashion Week has come and gone and it was absolutely fabulous! Jeanelly Concepcion, President of Texas Fashion Industry Initiative (TFII) had this to say about this year’s TFW;
“As we conclude our second year of TXFW, we are immensely proud of the hard work put in by our team. I’ve worked in the fashion industry since 2014, and I can proudly say that 2022 was our best year yet! From naming a new Board of Directors to TFII, to breaking records in attendance, the youth sustainability competition participation and fundraising for our nonprofit, it shows the growth that we’ve had in this industry. San Antonio is the fastest growing city in the U.S. and we’re proud to keep the art of fashion alive and well as we build the future of Texas, together with our community.”
As a patron of the streetwear, street fashion and Awards ceremony, I can say firsthand that the energy was all consuming, with lights, music, fashion and energy. When I say it was a vibe, it was a WHOLE vibe. Seeing familiar faces of local designers like Yo Sneaks and Austin Allegria was fantastic. Meeting designers I had not yet met with just as amazing of a collection such as Kaia Dublin and Kneaded Fashion was a treat!
What is Texas Fashion Week?
The Texas Fashion Industry Initiative (TFII) 501(C)(3) is the state’s first official nonprofit dedicated to the positive growth of our Texas fashion industry. Headquartered in Downtown San Antonio, Texas, TFII serves as a bridge, bringing our Texas fashion communities together, igniting innovation, and creating opportunity. 100% of the funds TFII receives goes directly back to the local fashion community.
Every October kicks off the Texas Fashion Week which consists of “7 days of fashion shows, workshops, fashion panels, and more.” Not only does TFII focus on designers, but they also focus on supporting young artists who are interested in the fashion industry by showcasing young artists and their sustainable fashion each year. Another initiative they are focusing on is helping people learn how to become models with the help of TFII Vice President Saige Thomas’ workshop.
Together, Jeanelly and Saige with the help of so many volunteers, the board, designers, MUAs, photographers and more are putting Texas on the map for fashion and personally, I cannot wait to see how far they take TFII and TFW! If you were unable to make it this year, you can keep up with what they are doing and learn more at texasfashionindustry.org.