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Chicago Fashion Incubator kicked off last night with a launch party and the announcement of the 2011 CFI roster of designers. The two-storefront event space was packed with Chi-town's fashion-savvy heavy hitters and style groupies eager to welcome CFI newbies. Models wore the new designers which included Concetta Cipriano, Shavonne Dorsey, Eric Kipp, Crystal Simms, and Kahindo Mateene.
Also at the event, guests were encouraged to shop the 2,800 square-foot CFI pop-up which showcases CFI alumni current collections. We heard a lot of talk about Nonnie Threads menswear, visual artist John Coyle Steinbrunner, and Zamrie's new jewelry made of antique brass chains with rose quartz, turquiose and Tibetan beads. While we were there, we saw several people buying the limited edition soy inked "Made in Chicago" t-shirts by Brandon Breaux and inquiring about the iphone cases which currently have a waiting list.
The pop-up is located on Level 5 of The 900 Shops and sells CFI designers' wears. The shop is open Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, April 23 from 10-7 Thursday through Saturday and 12-6 on Sundays.