Thank you to everyone who attended our grand opening celebration. What an amazing and historic night! In case you missed the building name revel, the "fabric" cutting with the Mayor, the House of Holmes fashion show or just want to relive it all, here's an overview complete with beautiful photos taken by our in-house photographer Ryan Walsh!
The event opened with a sign revealing featuring the new name for our 3-story, 23,000 square foot, City of Tempe building now called FABRIC...the Fashion And Business Resource Innovation Center. The name was inspired by The City of Tempe's BRIC (Business Resource and Innovation Center) building just down the street from us. It worked so perfectly!
Next, it was time for the "fabric cutting" which made so much more sense than a ribbon cutting! Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and the entire City of Tempe government have been so supportive and it is such an honor to have them behind us.
Once the fabric was cut, attendees were welcomed in! Our courtyard included a bar, auction tables, and what fashion event would be complete without a step-and-repeat (logo backdrop) for attendees to take photos in front of? Our photography studio sponsor SAVAGE Universal in Tempe provided this one that Donna and Jill (the Tempe Economic Development Staff that have been so vital in helping us bring our vision to Tempe) are pictured in front of in this slide show.
Once inside, guests were treated to a bounty of food, drink from sponsors like Witnessing Nature , Confection House and more and auction items provided by the most wonderful vendors.
Guests were given their building "passport" and told to start their self guided tour around the new fashion headquarters building so they could discover everything that the building offers including manufacturing, design services, classes, event space, photography studio, sound rooms, screen printing rooms, co-working office space and more!
After the building tour, attendees were treated to a fun program emceed by TV personality Pat McMahon. Pat did a wonderful job explaining the complexities of the building and sharing the needs of the non-profit AZ Apparel Foundation and introducing the board of directors. The video that our in-house videographer David Miller of Primordial Creative produced about AAF was very informative and inspiring.
The evening wouldn't be complete without using our events/runway space to showcase the impeccable work of our in-house technical designer Tabitha Holmes of House of Holmes. The production of this show was top notch, but who would have expected any less of the production company ADV Productions and the runway coordination of