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Fashion Forward: Baton Rouge Fashion Council to hold Spring Soireé

The Baton Rouge Fashion Council (BRFC) is hosting its first ever Spring Soireé at Blend Wine Bar on Friday, March 18th. Since inception in April 2015, the BRFC has grown to include over 40 local boutiques and designers from East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge parishes. Its mission is to not only give these local vendors an opportunity to collaborate and network with each other, but also to connect them to the community at large with monthly pop-up and runway shows and other social events.

The Spring Soireé will not only include the latest in spring fashion and accessories, but also live music by singer/songwriter Josh Martin, wine tasting and desserts by Crave Macaroons and Southern Magnolia Sweets. Some of the participating vendors include Beading by Treva B., Kat Noel Designs, Hands Producing Hope and Sosis, to name a few.

Beading by Treva B. is a jewelry design company that started as a hobby and turned into a flourishing business. Treva Brown, creator of the brand, creates jewelry for everyone, but specializes in bridal looks and pieces for special occasions.

“My work is centered on vibrant hues, artistic beads, and one-of-a-kind pieces that one would find no place else,” says Brown. “The pride and joy of my business is that every piece is created by hand and no design is duplicated.”

This will be Brown’s first event with BRFC and she couldn’t be more “excited to be a part of this fashion forward group.” For more on Beading by Treva B., visit her website, beadingbytrevab.com.

Kat Noel Designs, founded by Kathryn Jenkins, is another hot new jewelry designer from East Baton Rouge parish. What started out as a creative outlet for a mother of three has now grown into a very successful business venture. Kat Noel Designs sells exclusively on etsy.com (etsy.com/shop/katnoeldesigns) and various pop-up shows throughout the area. The premise behind this business is sustainable quality.

“I wanted attractive pieces that are current, but can take you into the next season and will also last for more than a couple of wears,” says Jenkins about her jewelry. “Nothing I sell is brass, glass or plastic.”

Kat Noel Designs will be featuring many new spring designs, including pale neutrals, raw gemstones and baroque pearls.

Another great design group is Hands Producing Hope (HPH), founded by Rebecca Gardner. This organization started about three years ago with a small group of women in Costa Rica. It has now grown into a full-scale organization that not only provides consistent work to a group of nearly 30 women, but also provides life skills classes for them and for those in the surrounding community, as well as scholarships for those wanting to attend or return to school. Hands Producing Hope has even expanded to Rwanda and hopes to provide the same opportunities for these women as well. It plans to feature more home goods, starting with intricately woven Rwandan baskets.

“We wanted to highlight their traditional skills, using local and natural materials,” says Gardner.

The baskets are scheduled to be available this summer. HPH will also have t-shirts and journals that say, “And so the journey begins” for sale this weekend. For more on this design group, visit their website at handsproducinghope.org.

SoSis, who’s been a part of BRFC from the beginning, is an online fashion boutique based in Baton Rouge. Annie Claire Bass and Chelsey Blankenship, the sisters behind this brand, are focused on providing trendy and affordable, fashion forward clothes and accessories.

“We hand pick all of our clothes to insure high quality brands,” says Blankenship.

This boutique offers clothing and accessories to a broad spectrum of women and has something for everyone. Lookbooks are produced every other month and can be found on their website, shopsosis.com.

The Baton Rouge Fashion Council’s Spring Soireé is free and open to the public. It’s scheduled for this Friday from 5- 8p.m. at Blend Wine Bar downtown and is sure to be a great shopping event for the spring season.

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