Fashion DesigneR professional DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Part of Rightfully Sewn’s mission is to propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for high-quality, American-produced garments. Our Fashion Designer Professional Development Program features two-year-long fashion designer residencies, public events and workshops geared to enriching designers of all ages, and curriculum alignment roundtables to area secondary and post-secondary educators.

FASHION DESIGNER RESIDENCIES

On a bi-annual basis, Rightfully Sewn awards five fashion designers residency status. Recipients must work predominantly in sewn product, have substantial online presence and experience in runway shows, and reside in the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area. They are selected by an external, credentialed panel of retail owners/buyers, established designers, and marketing and legal professionals via an application-based competition. The residency includes access to studio space and high-quality sewing machines and grading software, a full-ride scholarship to attend Kauffman FastTrac® NewVenture™ in order to develop a business plan, invitations to participate in promotional events, access to workshops and media opportunities, and more. Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive notification of all future opportunities.

public events and workshops

Are you a young designer or new to the Kansas City area? We'd love to help you, too. We offer fabric trade shows, professional development workshops, speaker series, documentary screenings, and other related events to the fashion community at large. Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive notification of all future opportunities. 

curriculum alignment

We are working with the Kansas State Department of Education to reintroduce sewing and fashion design in up to 455 high schools around the state. In addition, each year we convene secondary and post-secondary educators to discuss curricula alignment based on industry feedback, thereby creating a solid pipeline of talent and job connections. 


2018-2019 Rightfully Sewn resident Designers

  Travis Cal   www.traviscalstyles.com  Facebook: Travis.Cal Twitter: @traviscal Instagram: @traviscal

Travis Cal
www.traviscalstyles.com
Facebook: Travis.Cal
Twitter: @traviscal
Instagram: @traviscal

  Kimby Sweeney   www.kimbysweeney.com  Facebook: Kimby.Lok Instagram: @kimbysweeney

Kimby Sweeney
www.kimbysweeney.com
Facebook: Kimby.Lok
Instagram: @kimbysweeney

  Maret Cissner   www.maretcissner.com  Facebook: Maret Cissner Twitter: @raspberry.maret  

Maret Cissner
www.maretcissner.com
Facebook: Maret Cissner
Twitter: @raspberry.maret
 

  Kristen Weigand   www.midwestmountainrunningcoshop.com  Facebook: CraftyRunner Twitter: @thecraftyrunner Instagram: @midwestmountainrunningco

Kristen Weigand
www.midwestmountainrunningcoshop.com
Facebook: CraftyRunner
Twitter: @thecraftyrunner
Instagram: @midwestmountainrunningco

  Margie Hogue   www.margiehogue.com  Facebook: Margie Hogue Twitter: @margohogo Instagram: @margiehogue

Margie Hogue
www.margiehogue.com
Facebook: Margie Hogue
Twitter: @margohogo
Instagram: @margiehogue


2016-2017 Rightfully Sewn resident Designers 

  Ami Beck  , Dolyn Bags   www.dolynbags.com  Facebook: Dolyn Bags, LLC Twitter: @DOLYNBAGS Instagram: @dolynbags

Ami Beck, Dolyn Bags
www.dolynbags.com
Facebook: Dolyn Bags, LLC
Twitter: @DOLYNBAGS
Instagram: @dolynbags

  Sarah Nelsen   www.sarah-nelsen.com   Facebook: WearSarahNelsen   Twitter: @SarahNelsen   Instagram: @sarahnelsen

Sarah Nelsen
www.sarah-nelsen.com
Facebook: WearSarahNelsen
Twitter: @SarahNelsen
Instagram: @sarahnelsen

  Heidi Herrman   www.heidiherrman.com   Facebook: Heidi Herrman Design   Twitter: @heidiherrman   Instagram: @hherrman

Heidi Herrman
www.heidiherrman.com
Facebook: Heidi Herrman Design
Twitter: @heidiherrman
Instagram: @hherrman

  Kate Nickols, Kathryn Lee Bridal   www.kathrynleebridal.com   Facebook: Kathryn Lee Bridal   Instagram: @kathrynleebridal

Kate Nickols, Kathryn Lee Bridal
www.kathrynleebridal.com
Facebook: Kathryn Lee Bridal
Instagram: @kathrynleebridal

  Whitney Manney   www.whitneymanney.com   Facebook: Whitney Manney WM   Twitter: @heywhithey   Instagram: @whitneymanney

Whitney Manney
www.whitneymanney.com
Facebook: Whitney Manney WM
Twitter: @heywhithey
Instagram: @whitneymanney

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