3:00 PM15:00


Our friends at MaRKET ASSEMBLY (formerly FLOC5 and Co.) are celebrating their rebrand and one year anniversary in their Crossroads space with a pop-up event featuring many of Kansas City’s favorite fashion brands!

Purchases will benefit our Seamstress Training and Fashion Designer Professional Development Programs, as 20% of all sales will be donated to Rightfully Sewn.

Yummy bites and libations will be served! RSVP via Eventbrite today!

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9:00 AM09:00

2019 Fashion Designer Professional Development Seminar

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We welcome enthusiasts of all ages from our fashion, entrepreneurial, and fitness communities as we feature the following speakers:

9:00 AM

Joshua Taimoor Nana, Founder and CEO of MTAR LLC

MTAR LLC has production facilities in USA, Pakistan, and Guatemala, and ships to over 27 countries throughout the world.

Joshua will speak about: future fashion supply chains, micro factories, closed circuit manufacturing, and more!

9:50 AM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Katie Warner Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder of Carbon38

CARBON38 is the premier e-commerce destination for performance fashion. Offering their own proprietary label, an expertly curated selection of contemporary brands, and exclusive collaborations, CARBON38 aims to push and blur the boundaries between functional activewear and progressive street style, licensing women to be bold.

Katie will speak about: how to build a fashion brand, consumer buying habits, fabric trends, and more!

10:55 AM

Lauren Downing Peters, PhD, Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies, Columbia College Chicago

Dr. Downing Peters writes and teaches about the history and culture of plus-size fashion at Columbia College in Chicago, and is Editor-in-Chief for The Fashion Studies Journal, New York, NY. Her degrees include: Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) for a Bachelor of Arts, Double-Majoring in Art History and Anthropology (2006-2010); Parsons School of Design, The New School (New York, NY) for a Master of Arts in Fashion Studies (2010-2012); Centre for Fashion Studies, Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden) for a Doctor of Philosophy in Fashion Studies (2013-2018).

Dr. Downing Peters will speak about: designing for inclusivity, thinking beyond standardized sizing, and more!

11:30 AM - noon

Networking in Brandmeyer Grand Hall

Special tip for high school students interested in a career in fashion: visit with representatives from esteemed regional fashion design programs at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas State University, and Stephens College. Be in control of your future by knowing your options! 

Student tickets are $10; teacher tickets are $15; general admission tickets are $25. 

Tickets will be available through Kauffman Center for the Performing Art’s website up until the event starts, and will be available at the door. The Kauffman Center box office will open at 7:30 am on the day of the event. You can also call them at 816-994-7222.

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7:00 PM19:00

Local Fashion Link: Local Runway Benefitting Rightfully Sewn

Our friends at Local Fashion Link are hosting a fashion show featuring Kansas City-based designers. There will be a raffle of products, sporting tickets, gift cards, and more, and a percentage of all event proceeds will be donated to Rightfully Sewn's programs. 

Directly following the runway show, enjoy an afterparty shopping event, where looks just presented on the runway will be for sale, and guests can order a specific size directly from the designers. Each piece will be available for $200 and under.

Crystal Arcade
Travis Cal
April Madden Studio & AnnMann Designs
Andrea Marie Long Designs
Annette Andrade Sunshine Designs
Georgina Herrera
J. Manning
House of Pamela Renee'
Lucia's Sarto

Tickets start at $25 and are available here.

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3:00 PM15:00


Designer: Amina Marie Millinery | Photographer: Ron Berg Photo

Designer: Amina Marie Millinery | Photographer: Ron Berg Photo

Our friend, Amina Marie Millinery, is partnering once again with the Kansas City Museum for their annual themed fundraiser, The Derby Party. Order a custom Derby hat from Amina Marie Millinery by April 5, and she will donate 15% to the Kansas City Museum Foundation to benefit the Kansas City Museum. 

More details and tickets here!

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5:30 PM17:30


Rightfully Sewn Founder and President, Jennifer Lapka, moderates a chat with industry influencers Matt Baldwin of Baldwin Denim, Lisa Choules of Elevé Dancewear, and Marion Parke of Marion Parke. They’ll discuss retail design, high-performance dancewear, and daring high heels. Learn how these three use fashion, form, and function to lead, innovate, and thrive in their competitive industry. Paid parking is available in the Nelson-Atkins garage (free for museum members). Join us early for the museum’s cash bar happy hour.

5:30-6:00 PM   Registration
6:00-7:00 PM   Conversation
7:00-7:30 PM   Q&A

Tickets available here! | $15 | $20 at door


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6:00 PM18:00

Keep Moving the Needle: Rightfully Sewn's Inaugural Fundraising Event

Please join us for Rightfully Sewn’s inaugural, annual fundraising event on Giving Tuesday, benefiting their seamstress training and fashion designer residency programs


Susan Cannon, Leslie Fraley, Joan Israelite, Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Tanya Madan, Mara Olney, Patty Vedros, and Vanessa Zambo

Featuring hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from Kansas City’s finest restaurants, garment-making demonstrations by our resident designers, live music by Everett Freeman and The Eclipse, a live auction led by celebrity auctioneer, Yve Rojas, and highly-curated objects from some of the most established local and regional fashion designers

Dress code: Business attire

Tickets are SOLD OUT


Amina Marie Millinery // Anaphora // Asiatica // Burger Fi // Cellar Rat // Crystal Clear Aesthetics at Element Wellness // Coki Bijoux Jewelry and Design // Dear Society // Dolyn Bags, Rightfully Sewn Resident Designer // Eden Alley Cafe // Floating KC // Giovanni Rose Design // Golden & Pine // Heidi Herrman, Rightfully Sewn Resident Designer // Houndstooth // J. Rieger & Co. // Janesko Jewelry // Katie Lee Bridal, Rightfully Sewn Resident Designer // Keefe Cravat // Kimono Art Studio // Ladybird Style Lab // MADI Apparel // Oliver's Hair Salon // Paolini Garment Company // Papa Keno's Pizzeria // Pierpont's // Port Fonda // Sarah Nelsen, Rightfully Sewn Resident Designer // Sasha's Baking Co. // Shelby Herrick Salon // Sierra Winter Jewelry // Stockyards Brewing Co. // The Jacobson // The Shepherd's Mill // Therapy Threads // ULAH // Whitney Manney, Rightfully Sewn Resident Designer

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1:00 PM13:00

Fashion Forward: Look to the Past to Inform the Future

Photo Credit: The State Historical Society of Missouri

Photo Credit: The State Historical Society of Missouri

Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Are you a fashion designer or manufacturer? Do you love Kansas City’s rich Garment District history? We go inside the industry at our inaugural Fashion Forward event, examining the effective business practices behind a local enterprise that employed thousands and supplied the nation with high-quality clothing in its 20th-century heyday.

The afternoon begins with a screening of A Stitch in Time, Terence O’Malley’s documentary about the city’s greatest fashion entrepreneur, Nell Donnelly Reed. O’Malley then joins a discussion with individuals who have worked in various Garment District capacities: Suzie Aron, Barbara Bloch, Murline Hayes, and Carl Puritz. Rightfully Sewn founder Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer moderates. A reception follows. 

Presented by Missouri Bank.

RSVP for your complimentary tickets here           


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5:30 PM17:30

Rightfully Sewn Presents Fashion Designer Jeremy Scott Appearing With His Documentary


Part of Rightfully Sewn's mission is to propel Kansas City fashion designers to market, so we are absolutely thrilled to partner with KC Filmfest to present fashion designer Jeremy Scott appearing with his documentary, Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer. A native of Kansas City, he studied fashion design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in the 90s, went on to show under his own label in Paris and then New York, and since 2013 has also been at the creative helm of the Italian luxury house, Moschino. Between the screening of his documentary and the Q&A session following, our local designers will benefit greatly from hearing his experiences and advice.

Event timeline
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

5:30-6:30 pm red carpet
7:00 pm documentary screening
Immediately following Q&A session with Jeremy led by Rightfully Sewn founder, Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer

Cinemark Palace on the Plaza, 526 Nichols Road, Kansas City, MO 64112

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased through KC Filmfest website starting on Tuesday, April 5. Ticket supplies will be very limited. 


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6:00 PM18:00

2016 Scholarship Winners Celebration Event

Part of Rightfully Sewn’s mission is to propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for affordable, high-quality, American-produced garments. We are therefore pleased to introduce the five winners of our inaugural Kauffman FastTrac® NewVenture™ scholarship competition, which was made possible by the generous contribution of a private donor and a partnership with Women’s Business Center.

Ami Beck
Heidi Herrman
Whitney Manney
Sarah Nelsen
Kate Nickols

Join us to celebrate their success and learn more about their design practice.
Anaphora, Prairiefire, 5601 W. 135th Street, Suite 2210, Overland Park, KS 66223

Event Agenda
6:00-7:00 pm, shopping with 10% of each sale benefiting Rightfully Sewn programs
7:00-7:20 pm, brief remarks featuring the five designers and key Rightfully Sewn partners
7:20-9:00 pm, appetizers, drinks, music, and photo opportunities

To RSVP for this free event, click here.

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Fashion Designer Professional Development Seminar and Fabric Tradeshow, benefitting Rightfully Sewn
to Oct 17

Fashion Designer Professional Development Seminar and Fabric Tradeshow, benefitting Rightfully Sewn

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Fabric Tradeshow Only - $20

Designer Seminar Only - $50

Fabric Tradeshow and Designer Seminar - $65

Student Fabric Tradeshow and Designer Seminar - $45 


Rightfully Sewn is proud to provide the following opportunities to Fashion Designers, Professional Seamstresses, Home Sewers, Students, and Sewn Product Manufacturers in Kansas City and the Midwest region:

Two-day fabric tradeshow featuring fabrics, notions, and trims at showroom prices from The Sourcing District (Friday, October 16 and Saturday, 17 from 10am - 6pm)

The Sourcing District is a national industry leader in providing garment construction necessities. Jay Arbetman started his career at 14 years old as a “picker” at his parent’s coat factory in Chicago. He travels the country connecting clients with a wide selection of quality fabrics with continuity from a wide range of suppliers. His offerings will also include notions, labels, hang tags, size tabs, care labels, custom printed trims, zippers, buttons, hardware, and more.

Full-day professional development seminar featuring fashion development and production company, V.Mora (Saturday, October 17 from 10am - 5pm) 

Anna Livermore founded V. Mora in 2008 out of a passion for helping new and emerging designers. What started as a one-woman operation out of Anna’s Chicago apartment grew to a staff of 12 with offices in two cities and clients all over America. She has perfected the process of launching a fashion line by working with the country’s best pattern makers, fabric vendors, sample makers, production managers, manufacturers, models, and photographers.

Topics will include: 
• General overview of nation's current fashion industry
• Common challenges fashion designers face
• Developing and marketing your brand
• Client relationships
• Getting your line to market
• Sourcing: from fabrics to factories
• Working with manufacturers

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