Meet Chicago’s New Fashion Incubators

The next wave of Chicago designers has arrived.

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These six designers have been chosen for the third year of The Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI). They'll learn the economics, marketing and merchandising of fashion from industry experts as well as mentors from Macy’s and the broader fashion community. They are Jonnie Rettele (designer of Nonnie Threads), Leah Fagan (designer of PELOTON), Stephanie Kuhr (designer of Dottie Designs), Donaldo Smith (designer of Killian Gui), Miriam Cecilia Carlson (designer of M.C.C.), Christina Fan (designer of C/Fan)
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The designers were honored this week at an event that also introduced the Chicago Fashion Incubator pop up shop at the 900 Shops on Michigan Ave.
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Model in clothing from PELOTON by CFI 2010 DIR Leah Fagan
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Model in clothing from Nonnie Threads by CFI 2010 DIR Jonnie Rettele
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Model in M.C.C. gown by CFI 2010 DIR Miriam Cecilia Carlson
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A Chicago Fashion Incubator Pop Up Shop has also opened in the 900 Shops on Michigan Ave. Click here to watch a video with more information about the store.
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Partygoers Erica Hunter and Eilee Heikenen-Weiss
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Chicago Fashion Incubator 2008 alumni designer Lidia Wachowska and a dress from her Evil Kitty line.
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Model in clothing from Killian Gui by CFI 2010 DIR Donaldo Smith
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Model in apparel from C/Fan by CFI 2010 DIR Christina Fan
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Model in Dottie Designs lingerie by CFI 2010 DIR Stephanie Kuhr
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Michael Blossom, CFI 2009 alumni designer Kate Coxworth of Kate Baggiano and Geoff Mikelsons
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Chicago Fashion Incubator Executive Director Lara Miller and Marketing Manager of The 900 Shops Sarah Burrows
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