The Columbus Fashion Council Presents the First Ohio-Based Fashion Industry Conference

COLUMBUS, Ohio - April 17, 2023 - PRLog -- The Columbus Fashion Council announced today that they are presenting Ohio's first Fashion Industry Conference. The event kicks off with the Business of Fashion Roundtable hosted by Angela An from WBNS 10TV on April 26 at Co-Hatch - The Meridian. Elliot Carlyle, Creative Consultant of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Connects Program, will be the Keynote Speaker for this event. Elliot will inspire the audience with his message of positivity and stories of his time working with Fern Mallis, creator of Fashion Week in New York City. A wine bar and catering will be offered to participants. Day 2 will consist of five fashion industry workshops to promote knowledge sharing, education for the fashion community regionally and nationally and will include experts from CFDA. This event is sponsored by The Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

The Fashion Industry Conference brings together a diverse group of individuals, including fashion organizations, small businesses, public officials, retailers, and fashion schools. Participants will network with like-minded professionals and expand their knowledge of the fashion industry. Key officials, including County Commissioner Erica Crawley will be in attendance.

"Fashion is no longer just a conversation about style, expression and fashion shows," said Lubna Najjar, CFC President, "It is about business, economic development, growing our community. We are thrilled to host the first Business of Fashion Roundtable, and we hope to bridge so many of the necessary efforts together with key players in our community."

"The purpose of CFDA Connect is and has been to amplify fashion across America, which is to recognize the work and impact that organizations such as the Columbus Fashion Council is doing in their market, " said Elliot Carlyle, " Fashion is a global economic driver but also an art form that inspires change and forward movement. For more than 60 years, the CFDA has been a cultivator of initiatives & programs that sustain the momentum in the ever-evolving fashion ecosystem. It is a pleasure to support the work that visionary leaders such as Thomas McClure and Lubna Najjar are doing through the Columbus Fashion Council & Fashion Week Columbus."

"With several fashion organizations, a new fashion & retail district, accredited fashion programs, a multitude of fashion shows & events, and major fashion retailers who call Columbus home, fashion has made its way to the forefront of our capital city's culture," said Thomas McClure, "Uniting our fashion community under one roof to network, share knowledge, and build bridges to one another will continue to keep Central Ohio as a top-ranked region for fashion."

Tickets for this 2-day event can be found at

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