The Electric Commentary

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Does Your City Have A Fashion Industry?

The City of Chicago is hiring a "Fashion Czar." No, really:

Turner stepped into the $40,000-per-year job this spring after spending seven years as a lawyer working primarily on real estate transactions. Deciding to switch careers, she took classes at the Illinois Institute of Art in fashion marketing and management and volunteered at fashion shows. This is Turner's first fashion job.

One of her initial tasks is to pull together a database of the fashion industry in Chicago. While fashion is worth billions nationally, Turner says she is just starting to get an idea of the economic clout and overall size of the business in Chicago, though she has counted about 150 independent designers.

Next she plans to create a Chicago fashion Web site that will help designers find materials, retailers find designers and tourists find shopping areas.

She is also working with Federated Department Stores Inc. to create a fashion incubator at the Marshall Field's State Street store (soon to be Macy's) where selected designers will receive production space and mentoring from Macy's buyers.

Now there's a good use of tax dollars.


Post a Comment

<< Home

Amazon Logo