On Thursday, November 3rd, just over 200 fashion forward individuals packed a private event space at Lord + Taylor to vote on the future of fashion with Nineteenth Amendment. If you live in New York and haven’t heard of Nineteenth Amendment, you are really missing out. Nineteenth Amendment provides emerging designers an opportunity to effectively gauge their marketable interest by supporting designers in manufacturing a sample collection and selling it through Nineteenth Amendment prior to ramping up to full scale production. It’s a win win for both the designer and the consumer, as the consumer gets stylish goods at pre-sale prices and the designer gets real time data on the salability of their collection. Hard to imagine anyone who wouldn’t take advantage of these great logistics and it doesn’t hurt to have sale events like Vote With Your Wallet.
The mood at the event was festive, with bubbles courtesy of Washington, D.C. based Cocktail Row, small bites I could only assume were from Baked by Melissa and high energy tunes from DJ Kevlove all night. The premise of Vote With Your Wallet (or purse) was to motivate us stylish amenders to get out there and vote at the upcoming election (which we all know how that turned out). In addition to encouraging everyone to vote, guests were put into the voting spirit, by voting for the best designer or designer you most liked to win a one-on-one style consultation with none other than Nina Garcia, Creative Director of Marie Claire. Those who voted were also entered for a chance to win a brand new Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which was on display all night as other Nineteenth Amendment designers were playing around with using it as a design tool / canvas. Yes, the event was also sponsored by Microsoft. Gemma and Amanda have no idea how to do it small!
The event was setup as a sip n shop, providing plenty of interaction between the designers, the guests, the models and everyone involved. The best events always have an open vibe, where everything’s exclusive, but so are you. On the night, I saw a few bloggers that I’d previously bumped into at past events, including the lovable Melanie from Lace and Combat Boots as well as Malikah of Malikah Kelly and Krity Shrestha as well.
While we also loved the opportunity to bump into Meagan, designer behind the brand Ollari, we were fortunate enough to be exposed to quite a few incredible designs throughout the night. While the winner of the night’s voting ended up being Lizna LLC, we were equally impressed with Chanho Jang and Meghan Hughes, although no doubt everyone walked out a winner that night from meeting new potential customers and connections. The full album for the event can be found on the Nineteenth Amendment Facebook page, but here are a few select images we loved to commemorate the night:
It was wonderful supporting our friends at the Nineteenth Amendment and we will continue to do so, as they are creating wonderful opportunities for emerging designers, which we very much love. In fact, the last time we saw Amanda and Gemma, they were hosting the Designer Lounge at the Blogger and the Brand event. Can’t wait to see them again.