Friday, July 28, 2006

Brooklyn designers Welcomes South African Meropa heritage designers



is A Cultural Trade experience

A fashion presentation and Sale

thursday august 3rd 4-7pm

CBJC Jazz Of Fashion


Meropa Heritage

A Cultural Trade experience

At A

Reception and Fashion Show,

LIU's Kumble Theatre, Flatbush @ Dekalb

Meropa Heritage is a a Cultural Trade experience. CBJC and the Artist Mosaic Jazz of Fashion is pleased to Host Meropa Heritage in a cultural trade showcase, Meropa Heritage is a South African collective, bringing together rural women and designers working for economic justice in South Africa. with guest appearance by Brooklyn Designers Brunson-Bey of Tribal Truths; Moshood Afrikan Spirit; Michi Designer Knitwear.

Space is limited Fashion community please Rsvp here

Fashion designers and models rsvp here

Trade, Boutige and retail buyers, press Rsvp here

Genreral public rsvp here



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Friday, May 12, 2006

Brooklyn Fashion Gallery launched

Brooklyn's Fashion Designers take controll of their destiny

At the end of this monththe Brooklyn Fashion Gallery, will be launched, the next step in the fashion initiative that evoled from Artist Mosaic into the A-liners project. Whereas Am Explored a forum where, art, culture, heritage, enterprise, creativity and modern opportunity could converge! The A-liners explored a specific industry and grass roots approached to meeting challenges within brooklyn's fashion industry. Even before the start of this, myself and other designers have discussed the need for a unified Trade initiative and a Brooklyn Fashion Week. At the start of the A-liners We set the Spring 2007 couture presentation as the mark for Brooklyn designers to enter the forum of a Brooklyn Fashion Week. After discussion with close to a hundred designers, design and fashion profesionals and several meetings The general concensus is a collaborative trade event that uniquely suits the specific challenges of Brooklyn's design community! Brooklyns designers are doing well, but are at a crucial point where investment dollars, factoring and manufacturing relationship and creative marketing is needed. please visit and sign on. Designers and fashion professional will find more than a meresite, BFG is a community portal designed to augment their individual efforts and to take advantage of new media advancements!


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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Brooklyn Designers online Fashion Gallery

An online portal , the Brooklyn Fashion Gallery allows the world to access emerging fashion and accessory designers in Brooklyn

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Designers And Fashion lovers Now Have a place to connect! THE BROOKLYN FASHION GALLERY is an online portal That supports designers marketing efforts. Brooklyn Designer Showcase on weekend, travelling throughout h ecountry to special events! Now visitors will be able to accesss designers' sites directly from the site as well as see their latest offerings. Designers are invited to register and create a designer profile. registered visitors to the site will be able to contact the designers directly through the sites messaging system. Br

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

HLJ Designs at Fashun 4 Ward Showcase

A-liners Schedule

Wednesday Fashun Forward host the first of the A-liners showcases they are sponsoring this season. HLJ will introduce us to his distinctive line. Free B4 8pm

Click flyer to enlarge

Host: Okema Moore of Fashun 4 Ward & the A-liners

Location: Amarachi Lounge
325 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY View Map
When: Wednesday, April 12, showtime, 9:00pm

Thusrday 20th

Fashun 4 Ward & A-liners introduces Brooklyn's Young Designer!

Wedneday 26th

Fashun 4 Ward & A-liners- Takiyah Jerome spring Show And Sale

April 22

Jazz Connections Fashion Brunch

Featuring Michi With vendors from the Brooklyn fashion Gallery

11-4 Sugar hill restaurant

April 22 4W fashion Show 5.30 pm free

Wedneday 26th Individual show!-

Fashun 4 Ward @ Amarachi’s A-liners- Takiyah Jerome spring Show And Sale

April 29th

Designer Charity Knit pick!

CROTCHET & knit Artist get involved help make pieces for charity!

1069 Bergen Street Between Rogers & Nostrand

B44 or A Train To Nostrand 5 short blocks to Bergen Street make Right walk In direction of traffic B44 to Bergen, B65 to (betw, Rogers & Nostrand) 1-718-771-3687 2-6pm

April 29th -

Designer Distinctinctive Darlings BY PJ Show & Sale.

April 29th. 9am-6pm. Come check out custom designed glassware made by Leleith


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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Presenting The A-liners

we're getting there

So i finally figured a way to present the A-liners
since attending Bar Camp earlier this year i have totally revised a lot of my web strategy. These guys create the latest web tools for new media! the problem still exist in convincing the community to get on board early. Think... the web is only about ten years old, it is undergoing a major change. NOW IS THE TIME TO get on Board. SuprGlu Has Sponsored the fashion Feed And I'm preparing Tutorial with thumbstack's application! Our Map is courtesy Frappr, the pics hosted on Flickr The slide show which i'd previously spend a day coding is courtesy of slide dot com. the individual artist blogs are hosted on blogger. what i need was a content management system and with all respect to the guys @ drupal I had to opt for joomla! For a non techie it is just simpler to understand and work with. Many question using other peoples tools, the natural imperialist and capitalist frame of mind is to own. Creativity is a gift to be shared, and while i believe in responsibility to the artist, for maximizing the value of the work, if no one knows the artist exist they cannot patronize him. Fashion, in fact any creative format is rife with content for these new media tools! The applications designers need the imput of the creative community to strengten the usability of their tools. Case in point Sstream studio, It helps that he is my brother , I have the advantage of communicating exactly what i needed, he sees how someone with little Technical ability handles his products. The result I have tools that work for me. His media product which are being released are functional. The next step getting the creative individual to supply content.
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An April 1st to remember

The Grandassa models The Birth of the "Black is Beautiful" movement

Urban Style
Natacha In BS Shirts @ Urban Fashion Festival!
It was on April first 1961 that the first large scale fashion show promoting african beauty and "black is beautiful " was held in Harlem. To Say there was resistance would be an understament! We've come a long way but have we gone the right way! There are still rumours on maximum quotas on ethnic models during fashion week. And from all reports Black designers are comfortable with it! As I sit with elders to document the history of Black fashion I am reminded that there is little new under the sun! Very little is documented about fashion in the community, almost a half century later we still are debating the pros and cons of using our models. Why? Our choice of Models should reflect our customers, or should they?Look for the story Of the Grandassa models with the inaugural issue of The Brooklyn Fashion Gallery
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Plitzs FAll 2006 Fashion Week Designer Shows

Let;s Back it up BabY!

I'll be the first to admit this article is way overdue and I apologise to Zoii and the guy's @ Plitzs at the same time I'd like to thank the folks @ NACC And Caribbean American weekly for giving them some well deserved press.

Fashion Week is the premiere business showcase in this industry and we do need a venue that allows us an opportunity to showcase our fashion. the Staff at Plitzs has taken on That mammoth cause and I hope you would give your support also. Since I missed most of the shows, and worked on William Fleets TBA Line, I'm reserving comment on the lines, lest my bias show!

The Shows organization was great. This team without a doubt is well versed in fashion runway prentation. They attracted press and given the competition the attendance was great. Check the site for their professional video of fall 2006 fashion week designer shows or take a peak at my amateur footage!

There were two things I'd recommend changing. The Venue the owner of that venue has some serious issues which he translates to visitors to the point of intrusion. The lighting was terrible, details on the clothing were hard to see! Then again that may have been due to the fact that the clothing were not designed for presentation, details were not emphasized and clear design directions were not apparent.

Folks we have to take ourselves seriously to be taken seriously. Stylist DAVI pulled together one of the best staging @ the shows I attended. Which leads to the recommeddation That designers start seeking the services of gifted stylists to maximize their show impact!

Second this IS A BUSINESS PRESENTATION! There were some Sorority sisters @ this event who forgot or did not know that! One of the problems resulting from our college circuit scenario. THEY would not have put down that behaviour @ one of their business presentations. Designers we need to respect ouselves before we demand respect! Many of us are 'pimping' our talents. Some designers even ran out on the guest. Take yourself seriously ! Take the efforts of Plitzs and other such group seriously. Take the press seriously!Take your audience seriously! Take your customers seriously!

There is so much more to a Fashion Week than just the runway. Plitzs has bravely stepped where few would venture. There is a lot to work out, but I for one applaud their efforts. I would recommend those who intend to participate in the September shows contact Plitz and start preparation early!
above photos william fleet To Be African
Top A BSs4 silhouette intetpreted for the TBA Collection
Bottom A TBA silhouette given the BSs Treatment
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Spring is in the Air rather spring fasion is in the air

Spring is in the air !!!
... and the racks, they are changing

I stopped by Moshoods recently, to leave some flyers about my new multi-media site and thank Kunle for the use of their video and their support of the A-liners. while there I decided to get an early start my article on Brooklyn spring trend's for CALABAR, the new lifestyle magazine By Atim Oton, the former editor of Sapphire and Indigo Magazines. I must say that I was really impressed, Moshood has what is probably one of the best design interpretation of spring's stipes trend, I have come across. Stripes are one of the most difficult motifs to success fully translate to wearable clothing , and Moshood's eclectic clientele. The Folks @ this veteran New York Afro stylePalace, showed why they remain @ the top, they created a line that flatters a myriaad of figure types ... they did one hell of a job.


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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Brooklyn Fashion a season More than A week or Weekend

Aliners Brooklyn Fashion Calendar
April 2006
First Draft

Please have your colleagues send us the info on their show and sales! We have venues for designers whose studios are in their homes!

Wednesday 5th

New Designers Seminar $10.00 advance $20

see post

Saturday April 8th

Calabar Imports Showcase

Washingtom Ave

Thursday, April 6th at

Fashun Forward

9:30pm. The designer is David Ramson.

Advanced tickets are $5.00 and $7.00 at the door.

There will be a cash bar and free hors de vours. All are welcome.

Wednesday 12- Amarachi lounge

individual show Opportunity for a-liner A-liners

Thusrday 20thAmarachi’s lounge Group show

Fashion 4 Ward introduces Brooklyn’s New young Guns designer!

Wednesday individual show

April 22 Jazz Connections

Jazz Connections Fashion Brunch

Featuring Michi and vendors call for details

11-4 Sugar hill restaurant

April 22

4w fashion Show 5.30 pm

April 26th Individual show!-

Fashun 4 Ward


A-liners- Takiyah Jerome spring Show And Sale

April 29th

Designer Charity Knit pick

CROTCHET And knit Artist get involved

pic up

1069 Bergen Street Between Rogers & Nostrand

B44 or A Train To Nostrand 5 short blocks to Bergen Street make Right walk In direction of traffic B44 to Bergen, B65 to (betw, Rogers & Nostrand)

1-718-771-3687 2-6pm

April 29th -

Designer Distinctinctive Darlings Show & Sale.

April 29th. 9am-6pm. Come check out custom

designed glassware made by Leleith

Calling Independent Brooklyn Fashion Designers

Designers if they can't Find you they can't support you!

A-LINERS DESIGNERS Lists to be published and will be sent to publications nationwide!
Current A-liner please send the following info-

However we have pics of you work, so we need only your current line don’y have call for details you know the number

To be included in press listing the following has to be received by March 31st

We are moving to An all inclusive site you will need to be registered to be active please send a reguest to participate to


Designer Name

Label name /low res pic of logo.

Professional contact info

Studio/showroom Address

Zip code for those with at home studios (for our map)

3 pics of your line

You will be sent the registration link for a-liners By March 31st

April marketing package! $250.00

Must reserve Special by March 30th !

Please Pass along to other designers!

Brooklyn Fashion Gallery

Designers April you will have new venue to discuss issues relating to the trade

We Know That The greatest challenge to any micro enterprise or fashion designer is Marketing and we will be negotiating to make this affordable'
Thanks to The L Magazine and Calabar this campaigns ad host, and Atoguna marketing and media , with partners xsstream studios graphics and Colthm photography!

April marketing package! $250.00

Must reserve Special by March 30th !

Ads designed for maximum Impact!

We have negotiated and received special sponsored rates for ads, designs and placement!

Musts sign up by March 30, 2006. call 1-718-249-0939 to reserve your space!

Special includes

Group Full Page Ad

The L Magazine! Distribution 100, 000-

New York (Mid & lower Mahattan, Dumbo, Williams burg, Park slope and Metro Tech, Fulton)

Online the L Magazine 50,000 guaranteed hits (daily hits300,000 plus)

Calabar; a new quarterly Lifestyle Magazine!

Distribution 20,000 Brooklyn Bedstuy, Fulton.

Online distribution 70,000

Pay by March 30th and we will include complementary!

Brooklyn Fashion Marketing package

listing place-photo enabled classified listings

Group Vending opportunity @ CBJC Events

April 22nd 11-4pm Jazz Connection Sugar Hill Restaurant.

April 30th 11-6pm Brooklyn Band Blowout. aFive Jazz Bands Fulton event (tentative)

Brooklyn Fashion marketing support

Link to your site. Or Blog

Complementary designer e-mail or Forwards

Video presentation and photo show!

Supply the clothing we take care of the rest

catalogue listing with up to five Looks


Free independent designer listings.

For April only

Designer e-mail address or forward.

Be Part of The Fashion feed –

One Fashion video hosting!

Send in you press to be featured on A-liners the Independent fashion blog!

New designer show and sellThusrday 20thAmarachi’s lounge Group show

(Fashion 4 Ward introduces Brooklyn’s new designer)

Call about out

Web support links to you website or Brooklyn Fashion Marketplace!

Want to go solo!

Individual Ad spaces $175.00 plus set up are Available Calabar import only!

Brooklyn Fashion Gallery’s will be extended to designers during April

Special package $100.00 subject to scheduled date and time. Package is included in A-liner Add special! Private Photo sessions by March 3oth for details

Learn How To become an Independant Fashion Designer

A-liners 2006
to launch with
New Designers Seminar

THE A-LINERS 2006 Launch

Fashun 4 Ward™ hosts

Designer Bonnie Sandy Sterling

MAKING IT ... in the fashion Field!


Wednesday April 5th, 2006


Amarachi Lounge

325 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn NY (between Clifton & Green)


$ 10 with registration* reserve space thru paypal.

$20 without

"We'll take you through the steps in creating a strong successful fashion business from concept to consumer. The presentation will include: Inspiration, line development, branding, manufacturing, pricing, fabric, sourcing, advertising and retailing.

Your questions answered by


Bonnie Sandy Sterling of

The A-liners

An Independent Designers’ group

An Atoguna Media and Marketing BarTalks series Presentation

coming this weekend

*All registered attendees will receive a raffle ticket and the winner will receive a 1 hour courtesy strategy session with Atoguna Media and Marketing and a chance to showcase their line at Amarachi Lounge.

Early registration here

Saturday, March 25, 2006

A-lines Blog new post look

APRIL 2006 Kicks off our Second season

Come this April 1st this blog will officially take the role it was meant to A-liner the blog on Fashion , designers . wil be launched to add a fully interactive media support and soon we will launch the Brooklyn fashion Market And gallery!

More Designers will Be Joining The process

Yes this means that I will take a personal perspective here! As Ireview the spring lines and offering! Feel free to comment. and remember to visit the new home of the a-liners and other creative enterprise efforts

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

IT's time to take care of Business

Technology for clothiers!

I recently came across This interesting software while searching for a link to English Cut!

Tailor cut software for palm os

Tailor Cut v 1.0 FREEWARE Requirements: Palm OS® 3.5 or higher

This program is specially designed for custom tailor / fashion designer or anyone who going to make/design their own clothing/dress/shirt as a hobby. Tailor Log will keep track all the body measurements for your client or family members.

it may help some of you!

Tailor, dressmaker, designer, stylist,

What Are You?!

Art, Bespoke, Bespoke Tailoring, Business, Craft, Design, Designing, Fashion, Savile Row, Sewing, Style, Suits Tailoring

I recently was reminded of English cut when I met the gentleman who had introduced the blogging culture to the bespoke tailor in question @ BarCamp. An excellent example of use of blogs in business! I encourage all designers to peruse it!So How do you define yourself! How do you expect others to define you! There is a huge amount of talent among out there! I recently attended Plitzs Fashion Week presentation and I APPLAUd them! Look For post and video coming soon. But I was alarmed At the loud behavior from some attendees. A Fashion designers' FAshion week Presentation is for all intent and purposes abusiness presentation! And These professional would not have conducted themselves in such a maner @ their professional showcase! But many of us have ceased being in the business of the design and sale of clothing. We Are solely stage performers with an established circuit! And lest you think I disapprove, I believe that circuit is vital , but again What Are You! Where is the Money at! Before you answer check out this site!

Then answer this designer survey Let's get a handle on our industry!

Examine the various levels of detail and pricing involved in

Check out bespoke

"Bespoke is a usually British English term for clothing made at a customer's behest, and exactly to the customer's specification. Bespoke clothing is created without use of a pre-existing pattern; rather, the tailor makes the pattern based on the customer's body. This separates bespoke from "made to measure" clothing, which is made using a base pattern that is modified to the customer's body.

"Ready to wear" clothing is made to a uniform pattern, without variation.

"Bespoke" refers to the act of "speaking" for the cloth, choosing it to be made into a garment.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Subscribe to Distinctive Darlings By PJ

Now you can get the latest news from your favourite designers direct to your mailbox!

As we enter another year we now have the designers directly taking charge of their info. Each A-liner will be blogging their own content! We will post the subscription info as the become available! The A-liners blog will in it self then concentrate on the independent design industry as such!
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Thursday, February 02, 2006

T o Blog Or Not To Blog

I am by no means a conventional blogger! life seems to get in the way of blogging. Which is why I decided to To take January to get the proverbial house in order! To say that the A-liners was sucessful would be an understatement. This month will introduce you to those that participated last year as well as launch or new phase!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Mark your calendars!
You don't want to miss first Friday fashion @ the five spot, Brooklyn newest and hottest event!
Enjoy a fashion show of underground designers from the Metro area, live DJ and food
459 Myrtle ave, bet Clinton and Washington ave Brooklyn NY 11205 718-852-0202
Every 1st Friday of the Month underground designers, funky soul music and good food
all in one place!
Hosted by Aisha Angela and Hwowane
For more info contact Hwowane @ 917-407-4443/ Aiha @ 917-302-1052
FAshion 4 ward @ Amarachi's
325 Franklin ave
Brooklyn Ny

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Alkebu-lan's Black History Month sale

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entire month of February.

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Natty Rebel "GRAFRICA" Art Exhibit

NATTY REBEL UNLIMITED emerged from the grass roots of graffiti tags and illustrated black books to an internationally know graphics company. Merging Fine Arts and the culture of Rastafari with an urban delivery, Natty Rebel Unlimited has made a serious statement both with it's silk-screen t-shirt printing and contracted murals. Although established in 1995 Natty Rebel Unlimited recieved it's most recognition in NYC 2001; selling t-shirts in Harlem while vending and painting mural in Brooklyn. Natty Rebel Unltd. quickly developed loyal clients who appreciated "the REBELS" work!