Nashville Fashion Week Announces Five Interactive "Learning Labs"


Nashville Fashion Week is excited to announce a new focus for our 2017 educational experiences. Five separate and distinct fashion-focused “Learning Labs” will take place throughout the week of April 4-8. Nashville Fashion Week is designed to showcase the local fashion community by providing a platform to engage, learn and connect and these unique experiences were developed to do just that.

Mclaine Richardson of Margaret Ellis Jewelry
Edward of Margaret Ellis Jewelry

Margaret Ellis Jewelry Intro to Metalsmithing: Make Your Own Pearl Bangles

Tuesday, April 4 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location: 209 10th Avenue South, Suite 309, 37203

Admission: $250 Individual Ticket includes instruction, materials and your own personal set of ME Pearl Bangles (retail value $445). 

Learn to make your very own set of classic ME bronze pearl bangles with the assistance from one of Nashville's most respected local businesses. Margaret Ellis Jewelry utilizes strong shapes and textures to bring new relevance to classic handcrafted designs. Precious metals, individually select pearls and stones form modern and timeless works of art designed to be worn for years to come. ME designer/owner Mclaine Richardson and ME master metalsmiths will help you find your inner creativity and inspiration through the art of jewelry design. Ticket price includes admission and all materials needed to create your choice of a Set of 6 with 2 Pearl Bangles or a Set of 3 with 5 Pearl Bangles during the time of this event at the Margaret Ellis studio.

Waller Law Your Brand, Your Way and How to Protect It

Wednesday, April 5 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, Nashville City Center, 511 Union Street, Suite 2700, Nashville 37219

Admission: $25 Individual ticket includes lunch

Protecting your brand is a personal and important development for any business, small or large. Waller is proud to host a Learning Lab panel with Mila Griggs (MODA Image & Brand Consulting), Christopher Lester, Lucas Leverett (Jive! - A Printworks Studio)and Kristen Johns (Attorney, Waller) to discuss this important focal point of any marketing plan for a business. Topics to be discussed will include the necessity of a personal brand story, e-mail extension of a brand, how printed materials can effectively communicate your business, and what steps can be taken to protect a brand’s integrity. Lunch provided by Waller.

Elizabeth Suzann Living Room
Elizabeth Suzann Pape
Elizabeth Suzann Workroom

Elizabeth Suzann Tour A Designer's Studio

Thursday, April 6 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Elizabeth Suzann | 441 Atlas Drive, 37211

Admission: $30 Individual Ticket. 

Peek inside the world of a local designer. Elizabeth Suzann is a young design company producing elegant, utilitarian women's clothing from its hybrid production facility and design studio. Designer and founder Liz Pape challenges traditional fashion norms and aims to return to the days of cottage industry-style manufacturing and capsule wardrobes with intentional, well-designed, and seasonless pieces.

Elizabeth Suzann's entire line is desined and produced completely in-house - from original sketches to fulfillment. Tour the entire studio with the designers herself and get an in-depth look at one of the local fashion community's most successful companies. One lucky ticket holder will win a $250 gift card.

Chloe Wen How To Make Money Blogging

Saturday, April 8 | 10:00 - 11 a.m.

Location: The Westin Hotel | 807 Clark Place, 37203

Admission: $40 Individual Ticket. 

Have you ever wanted to make money blogging? Local Nashville blogger Chloe Wen left college to become a successful lifestyle blogger and she's hosting a 4-tier educational event for those who wish to learn her craft. She'll walk attendees through the steps of finding your brand, perfecting your pitch, knowing your worth, and working with brands/getting paid. Inspired by passion and love for the city of Nashville, Chloe transitioned her photography business into a successful brand. Learn how you can become a successful blogger. Lite bites provided by Maneet Chauhan.

Chloe Wen Hall

Alabama Chanin
Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin
Alabama Chanin

ALABAMA CHANIN Intro To Hand Sewing Workshop

Saturday, April 8 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Location: Aurora Nashville | 150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 108, 37201

Admission: $225 Individual Ticket includes materials, instruction stories & laughter. 

Introduction to Hand Sewing Workshop includes discussion of the physics of sewing, reverse applique, and an overview of garment construction and other Alabama Chanin techniques. This workshop is suited to beginners and experienced sewers alike. Work with the Alabama Chanin Team to create a custom DIY item. Lite bites provided by The Southern Steak & Oyster.

NFW Learning Labs are underwritten in part by Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP and Middle Tennessee State University Textiles, Merchandising and Design.

Tickets for each “Learning Lab” can be purchased at Reservations are required. Proceeds from all Nashville Fashion Week events benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund is an endowed fund established to support the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing a financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities. 

Nashville Fashion Week will be held April 4-8 at unique locations throughout the city. Runway and All Access Passes as well as tickets to individual events are now available in a wide range of prices.