What Manufacturing in USA Means to Fashion
What Manufacturing in USA Means to Fashion:
What Manufacturing in USA Means to Fashion: Designers from New York City discuss the implication, process and what it means to them and their production
Event Details
What Manufacturing in USA Means to Fashion
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Description

Panel Discussion: November 30, 2012
Pre-panel reception at 6:00pm in Le Grand Salon at La Colombe d'Or, 3410 Montrose Boulevard  Houston, TX 77006.
Panel begins promptly at 6:30, not to exceed past 8:30

Settlement Goods & Design (Houston) and Parlor Showroom (New York) are pleased to present an evening of locally produced manufacturing through a panel discussion and an open Q&A with select designers from Parlor. Speakers include designers Morgan Carper, Samantha Pleet and Ann Yee, with Parlor Showroom owner Taylor Thomas moderated by Settlement Goods & Design owner/buyer, Jenny Schlief Morgan.

The panel discussion will include introductions to the New York City based designers and their influences on their current seasons, Fall/Winter 2012. Following these introductions, the panel will be asked about their experiences manufacturing here in the USA, the benefits and pitfalls, their ideas on the effect it makes on the things they produce and the fashion industry, as well as their relationships to the people they employ from their endeavors.

After the panel speaks, the floor will be opened to the guests for their questions to be answered. This time will be until 8:30, when the event will dismiss.

Settlement Goods & Design is a boutique specializing in American brands and designers. While we believe that what's made close to home is better for you, we also believe education about those consumer items is priceless. Owners and designers Gene and Jenny Schlief Morgan and Alicia Redman share in the desire to teach people about the importance of contemporary design as well as the people behind the designs. This is the first panel discussion Settlement has organized, and looks to do many more in the future.

Parlor Showroom is boutique showroom in the neighborhood of Soho in Manhattan. The owner, Taylor Thomas specializes in finding emerging and high quality talent in New York and across the globe. She recently hosted a visual art exhibition in her space to coincide with the launch of her designers Fall/Winter 2012 collections and believes the integration of all arts is essential to life. This is Taylor's first time to Houston.

Tickets are limited to 200 seats. Tickets are $10 presale, $15 at the door. Tickets are sold through AIGA's website and a majority of the proceeds benefit the organization AIGA which specializes in public events promoting the awareness of design and its contemporary purposes.

All of the events will be held at the boutique hotel, La Colombe d'Or through their generous support of local small business in Montrose. The panel discussion will be held in the ballroom, Le Grand Salon, against the backdrop of hand carved 300 year-old paneling from France, which the room was specifically built for. While many locals have not experienced or may even know of the room, having a lively discussion of contemporary design against the backdrop of such skill and historical nature should prove to be a great juxtaposition.

Designer Bios:

Morgan Carper
An avid traveler, Morgan Carper is constantly exploring the connection between the cultures she visits and design. It's while spending time alongside and learning from artisans that Morgan begins to conceptualize her collections. The regions cultural landscape has an integral role in her work and is translated through her custom printed fabrics, ultimately telling the story of each collection.

A fascination with the elements of design led her to study textiles, where she developed skills in all areas of visual art including silk screening, drawing, and photography. Inspired by the philosophies of her studies and travels, Carper launched a small collection that garnered praise from esteemed editors and stores. This success led her to expand her line into a full womenswear collection, debuted for A/W 2011.

Carper's bohemian yet refined aesthetic reflects the sensibility of forward-thinking women with a cultivated sense of style. Using traditional and local techniques blended with high-end construction, MORGAN CARPER invokes the key elements of a place, transporting the wearer to that location, offering a global and unique view of the luxury world.


Samantha Pleet
Samantha Pleet established her women's ready to wear collection of hand draped dresses and tailored separates in Brooklyn, 2006.  Born in Philadelphia, she grew up studying music, acting, and fine art before graduating from Pratt Institute's fashion program in 2005. Following internships at Three As Four and Harper's Bazaar she launched her label, quickly becoming a favorite among creative women. Made of the finest fabrics from around the globe and sewn in NYC with rigorous attention to fit and construction, Samantha Pleet has grown over the past six years to be represented by retailers around the world and has been recognized by Gen Art and Ecco Domani, has appeared in publications such as Elle, WWD, Teen Vogue, Lucky, and Nylon and is known for dressing indie bands such as Chairlift, Beachhouse, and The Dirty Projectors.  Every Samantha Pleet collection begins with historical research. The references are then intertwined with Samantha's dreamy subconscious and unique take on contemporary culture,  These signatures, merged with distinctive color palettes, and unorthodox prints, result in clothes that are timeless, modern, and entirely Pleet.

Ann Yee
Stemming from a desire for unique clothing and inspiration garnered during trips to her parents' native Hong Kong, Ann Yee's unique wardrobe combinations set her apart at a young age.

Originally from South Lyon Michigan, Ann Yee interned with American designer Jill Stuart and, in London, with acclaimed independent designer Ebru Ercon while receiving her B.S. in Fashion Design from Philadelphia University. Yee moved on to New York to design knitwear for prestigious labels such as Barney's, LaROK, Elizabeth and James, Alice + Olivia, and played an integral part in the launch of contemporary knitwear label, DUFFY. Working with knits only bolstered her innate understanding of the constitution of fabric and the subtle art of draping.

With her customizable pieces and signature affinity for proportion, volume, and texture, Ann Yee consistently creates collections that are versatile yet completely distinct.

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