Kate Boggiano in the News
March 16, 2008
Chicago's own 'Project Runway'
Kate Coxworth was working for Ralph Lauren in New York when she heard about Mayor Richard M. Daley's efforts to nourish the fashion industry back home.
"It was the right time to come back," she said.
In 2006 in Chicago, she launched Kate Boggiano, a line of
made-in-the-USA tailored women's shirts, both off the rack and custom.
Rewarding her return, she recently was selected for the Chicago Fashion Incubator, a joint program of the city and of Macy's, providing a yearlong residency and mentorship for six emerging designers at Macy's State Street store.
"We're a young business. Here, we'll be surrounded by experts,"
Coxworth said at the recent unveiling of the incubator on the 11th
floor of Macy's.
Three sun-drenched rooms with peeks of Lake
Michigan provide work space for the designers, just a short jaunt from
the fashion schools where some of them find eager interns. What once
was a telephone operators' center was converted into a sample room
worthy of "Project Runway," equipped with Singer and Juki sewing
"The incubator is another important step to keeping
talented designers -- I call them artists -- right here in Chicago,"
Daley said at the launch event Monday, attended by the six designers,
including Yana German (YANA Collection), Agga Raya (AGGA B), Glenn
Mallory (6ACE), Lidia Wachowska (Evil Kitty), and Kristin Rosynek
Hassan (OrganiK Revolution).
"It is my hope that we will launch out of this building someone equal to Ralph Lauren or Donna Karan," said Macy's spokesman Ralph Hughes.
For more details about Chicago fashion, see chicagofashionresource.com.