LABELHORDE / ARIZONA FASHION SOURCE
ARIZONA'S FASHION INDUSTRY HEADQUARTERS | DIRECTORY | INCUBATOR | FASHION BUSINESS ACCELERATOR | MANUFACTURING FACTORY | CO-WORKING SPACE | MAKER'S SPACE | EDUCATIONAL FACILITY | EVENTS SPACE
WHAT IS LABELHORDE?
LabelHorde’s mission is to support the fashion industry in Arizona by scaffolding its entrepreneurs and their needs and be a resource that connects independent fashion companies with each other and with the fashion related services that they need to operate their business outside of traditional fashion capitals.
Specifically, LabelHorde is a category-driven, online DIRECTORY of fashion businesses in AZ in which businesses can create and manage their own directory listings. LabelHorde also provides fashion JOBS CLASSIFIEDS, fashion EVENTS CALENDAR (with local and important national fashion events) as well as fashion design RESOURCES and industry news through an informative monthly NEWSLETTER. It is an online and physical headquarters for all things fashion related in AZ that enables the fashion community and the public to create, collaborate, learn, source, make, market and celebrate fashion.
LabelHorde also offers fashion industry education in the form of classes/lessons/seminars/consultations/camps on subjects including sewing, sketching, pattern making, CAD, tech packs, business start-up, marketing, collection development and more.
LabelHorde is the brainchild of Angela Johnson, a locally well-known fashion industry professional with nearly 20 years’ experience in the fashion industry who has earned a reputation as an Arizona fashion industry insider and supporter. In 2003, Angela originally created LabelHorde to fill a need for the fashion community in Arizona and her reputation has been synonymous as a trailblazer and supporter of the local independent fashion community ever since. Having worked in design and production in the Los Angeles garment district, Angela immediately recognized the lack of fashion resources available when she attempted to relocate her mass produced clothing line, Monkeywench, to Arizona. She originally created LabelHorde to act as a foundation/hub for the emerging fashion industry in Arizona in order to make local sourcing easier for everyone. LabelHorde started as a glossy magazine/directory and then moved to an online presence. Shortly after its creation, it quickly grew to include hundreds of local designers, boutiques, stylists, photographers, models, sewing contractors and more. It was the predecessor to the local fashion weeks and the inspiration to countless local fashion businesses that operate in Arizona today. When LabelHorde originally closed its doors, the gap it left in the community was clearly evident and has still not been filled. With more and more fashion businesses emerging, there was even more of a need for a centralized hub/foundation for the industry and a directory to scaffold its resources. Resurrecting LabelHorde in 2013 filled that need.
In 2016, LabelHorde formed a strategic partnership with ARIZONA FASHION SOURCE to provide the missing manufacturing, co-working and events space component. ARIZONA APPAREL FOUNDATION, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, was then formed to provide Arizona’s emerging designers and brands with innovative, small batch manufacturing and strategic business resources, so they can build sustainable fashion businesses locally. All three entities have an operating agreement with the CITY OF TEMPE, Arizona for shared use of the former Tempe Performing Arts Center that has been renamed for us in December of 2016 to FABRIC (Fashion And Business Resource Innovation Center). The building acts as a headquarters for the emerging fashion industry in Arizona by providing a physical location for apparel manufacturing, design services, co-working space, events space, classrooms, photo studios and more.
This is a community effort. We'd like to thank the following people and businesses who have helped to make this possible: AZ Fashion Source, Sherri Barry, Ryan Walsh (website photography) Phoenix Alarm Companies, Ron Bravo, Monica, Sanchez, Alex Sanchez, Isabella Sanchez, Theresa "Nacho" Montiel, Stephen Wade Nebgen PLLC, Jessica Kelley of Satyr Comma, Amelia Walsh, Deigo Milano, Tabitha Sillin of Sillin, Inc., Sherri Barry of AZ Fashion Source, Kim Broxham, Crystal Coons of Sometimes Glam, Summer Ashley Clark, Sean Weber, Anthony Vilotti, Carolyn Dike, Neyda Melina, Larry Alan, Ryan Johnson, Kristin Romaine of Co-Hoots, Louise Roman, Kimber Lanning of Local First, Gelman, Lesley Oliver, Rhonda Zayas, Joanna Manganaro, Daisy Rast, Paige Closson, Sharane Dorrah of Pesky's, Jennifer Swanton of J Swan Sleeves, Tray Goodman and Chad Braker of GCM Media and We Crush the Box, Clothing Labels 4U, Rhonda Bannard of Inpsired Connections, Eva Louis of Chronic Behavior, Dwayne Johnson, Marisa Mike, Toya Bray of Somethings About Her, Miachelle DePiano, Kim Hochschuler, Sloane Siverson, Michelle Glasco, Nicole Willis, Diana Anghelus of Makeup By Diana, Amy Scerra of Think Global, Ana Alvarez, Laura Tanzer, Angel and Cindy Salvador, Laura Treas, Nicole Bissing, Nolan and Autumn Mckelvey, Chris Harrison, Debbie Engler, Kimber Lanning of Local First AZ, Tucson Fashion Week, Gail Friend, Jennifer Bell, Cathy Weaver, Masha Page, Debbie Engler, Sarkis Johnson, Joy Sprink, Christa Crutcher, Ian Barry, Jason Elias, Christoper P. Cole, Gail Friend, Amy K. McNamara, Ellen Dayan of Tiger Lily Dress Shop, Superstar Media House, Shane Baker Studios, AZ Artisans Collective, Ethan Murray of e's Urban Hair