A pioneer in resale fashion, Buffalo Exchange opened its first store in Tucson in 1974. Everyday this family-operated company works to protect the environment by reusing and recycling clothing. At Buffalo Exchange clothing and accessories are bought, sold, and traded with customers, highlighting creativity, diversity, and fashion trends unique to the community. Buffalo Exchange has something for everyone; you can buy everything from designer pieces to everyday basics without breaking the bank. No matter what your style, you’ll find it here.
Estrella Sevilla, born in Mexico, moved to Tucson, Arizona where she pursued a fashion design career at the Art Institute of Tucson and graduated with honors last summer. After graduating college, she attended Central Saint Martins School of Arts in London for innovative pattern cutting for professionals and graduates. Estrella has participated in shows such as Sinaloa Fashion Week in Mexico and Tucson Fashion Week for the past two years. In 2013 she was awarded with the Edith Head’s Choice Award for best ensemble presentation.
STUDENT EMERGING DESIGNER
Fashion Designer DeAnna Williams is in the pursuit of her happiness she will soon graduate from the Art Institute of Tucson in September of 2015. DeAnna is inspired by music, art, and most of all her culture. As a young girl she was always fascinated with the fact that she could manipulate a piece of cloth into what she wanted it to be. It soon became her full time hobby and eventually blossomed into a fervent array of designing with an emphasis on women's plus size fashion. DeAnna sees her aesthetic as a reflection of every woman and a representation of all that goes into who they are as women. DeAnna's inspiration led her to the creation of Fruition, a mirror of journey in strength and womanhood.
Loreto Echevarria, an Arizona native who calls Tucson her home, has been a Fashion Stylist for over seven years. In 2008, she obtained a Fashion Design degree from Tucson Design College (now the Art Institute of Tucson) and has been creating custom, made-to-order garments for select clients since then. Her styling service LoLochic was named “Best Personal Stylist” by the Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson in 2013.
Heavily inspired by femininity, the Art Deco era, pop culture, and her Mexican culture, Loreto has created LoLo. LoLo is a collection of women’s wear made from luxurious fabrics of rich color and texture that is specifically designed to be flattering to women of all body types. Loreto's designs are created to inspire confidence in the woman who wears them, allowing her to feel beautiful, stylish, comfortable, and effortlessly glamorous.
CAPSULE COLLECTION DESIGNER
Mikay Originals is the design label of local emerging designer Kimberly Loyd. Using the tagline "Manipulated Textiles" allows Kimberly to rip, weave, dye, distress, stud and sew different types of fabrics into one-of-a-kind garments. Specializing in bridal and evening wear, during design school and after, this collection is more commercial. Based on her love of motorcycle riding, Kimberly calls this collection “Moto Glam;" studs and leather for the rebel girl in all of us, while being creative, sophisticated and modest for the woman we have become.
Kimberly is currently the Fashion Design and Merchandising instructor at Flowing Wells High School, inspiring her students to find their creative edge and incorporating it into award-winning garments.
SPECIAL GUEST, FEATURED RUNWAY DESIGNER
Marc Herman is the Chief Executive Officer of Wildcat Retro Brands, LLC. He established the premium sportswear company, based in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles, in 2004.
With almost 30 years of experience in the apparel industry, Herman has vast experience in many areas of the fashion industry. His origins go back to the men’s beachwear boom of the 80’s to the large growth seen in the junior girls business of the 90’s, working with retailers in virtually every distribution. Herman has had a direct impact and involvement with many major apparel firms including Von Dutch, American Rag, Disney, Hard Rock Cafe, Equinox Fitness, Forever 21, Wet Seal and Roots Canada.
Herman is responsible for the development and creation of Original Retro Brand, as well as Wildcat’s new labels Campus Couture and The Victory. These brands are represented in over 3000 retail doors worldwide.
Herman is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and a business school graduate of the University of Arizona where he got his start with his successful company “Kiwi Surf” selling Hawaiian Jam shorts to sororities and fraternities.
State Forty Eight, LLC was founded in March of 2013. Mike Spangenberg, Nick Polando, and Stephen Polando are the three equal owners of the local apparel company. State Forty Eight was created to fill a missing void in the 48th State. That void was fashionable clothing to represent your pride for Arizona. The sixth largest city in the United States deserves a brand they can relate to home. The brand message is "Clothing for all and inspired by Arizona.” The company's tag line is "Arizona Passion meets Arizona Fashion.” The entire collection for men, women, and children can be found at www.statefortyeight.com.
SPECIAL GUEST, FEATURED RUNWAY DESIGNER
Stevie Boi is an American fashion designer, actor, and founder of the luxury eyewear line SB Shades. Based out of Baltimore, he designs and sells unisex eyewear and accessories on his website and in a few boutique stores. Stevie has designed eyewear for artists and celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Madonna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and many more.
Stevie was born in Augusta, Georgia but raised overseas. He grew up with parents who were in the Army and traveled a lot during his childhood. He started designing in 2007 and quit his job with the military to start his business selling eyewear. Stevie's big break was landing his eyewear on the cover of Italian Vogue magazine in 2011. Since then Stevie's products and designs have been featured in over 500 publications. He is now preparing to move into television and film through acting and costume design.
CAPSULE COLLECTION DESIGNER
Dorota Zglobicka (founder and creator of Theo Doro) is a Polish fashion designer who studied at the Multimedia Department of the Academy of Fine Art in Athens, Greece, and in Gdansk, Poland where she received her Master of Fine Arts. Dorota is also a filmmaker. She has created videos for her fashion shows as well as other film forms.
Recently, enchanted by the natural beauty of the American Southwest, she has moved from Europe to Vail, Arizona, where the Theo Doro Atelier is now headquartered. Dorota says: “I've created my fashion atelier on the most beautiful farm in Vail.”
Theo Doro Fairyland combines modern design with vintage look. The collections, inspired by fairy tales, films, and history of fashion, are girly, cute, and very feminine. Theo Doro creates couture gowns, prêt-à-porter as well as sensual, unique wedding dresses for the bride who is looking for an alternative to the conventional white hues. Menswear and a children's line are soon to follow.