Behind the Seams

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Behind The Seams


Behind The Seams will be returning October 2023

Speaker: TBA

Information coming soon


  • Thursday, October 26th, 2023
  • 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Learn | Connect | Promote - For FREE

Each month, a different industry professional is interviewed in front of a live audience. These interviews are filmed and shared below. They share their unique journey to becoming an industry pro or an expert while teaching us something about their trade.

  • Network with other industry pros and fashion lovers before and after the event including designers, brand owners, consultants, stylists, models, photographers, manufacturers, FIDM AZ Alumni, students, and more.
  • Apparel Entrepreneur Members get to introduce themselves and their business to the audience. Must be an officially registered AE Member of FABRIC.
  • AE Members: FREE with suggested $5 donation
  • Students: FREE with student ID and suggested $5 donation
  • Non-Members/Public: Free with suggested $5 donation

An intimate chat
with Fashion
Industry Rockstars.

Past Events & Speakers

BTS Landscape Flyer Ashley LaRae Sampson

Saskia Jorda | International Fibers Artist
Saskia is an award-winning, international, fiber artist who creates installations, soft sculptures, and drawings. Saskia’s installations have been featured globally in galleries, museums, and various locations including FABRIC. Explore the world of fibers, textiles, embroidery, felting, surface design, dyeing, and coiling/basketry techniques as well as their role in art in this month's Behind The Seams of Fiber Art.

Hermann Plank | Co-Founder & CIO of MetaXFashion
Hermann is the Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of METAXFASHION Inc. – the bridge to the metaverse for fashion brands and is creating an NFT ecosystem for fashion brands on the Algorand blockchain.


Angela Zdrale | Owner & Design of Liv Tall
Angela Zdrale has spent her entire career in fashion. With nearly 20 years' experience, Angela has done it all from sales to management, fashion marketing, styling, event production and so much more. She worked for brands such as Kate Spade, Tory Burch and Saks Fifth Avenue to name a few. At 6'1", clothing was always a struggle, and after being laid off in 2020 due to COVID, she decided to follow her dreams and create a fashion line designed exclusively for tall women. Liv Tall is proudly made in Arizona at FABRIC and is focused on fashionable choices for tall women, made sustainably and ethically.


Uli Beator | Director of Design and Development at FABRIC
From tailoring in Germany to Pattern Making, Technical Design, and Production Management in the US, Uli Beator brings senior level experience at high volume brands such as Old Navy, LL Bean, Athleta and more to AZ’s emerging designers. Learn of her journey from Germany to Maine to San Francisco and why she decided to head to Arizona where she creates patterns for hundreds of emerging fashion brands at FABRIC.


Behind The Seams Special Edition: Eco Fashion Week
As part of Eco Fashion Week, we be dedicated April's event to go behind the seams with a panel of experts to discuss sustainable fashion. From production to consumer sustainability efforts are becoming even more important as consumers start demanding brands to be more environmentally aware and the manufacturing traditions of the industry have to shift into a more technology driven and sustainable landscape to save the future of fashion.

Heather DeSimone | Designer & Owner of Leetie Lovendale
Leetie Lovendale is a jewelry brand born of leftovers. Made using vintage plastics & lucite, Leetie Lovendale is a sustainable collection of statement necklaces, hoop earrings, minimalist stud earrings & so much more. We design pop-of-color jewelry fit for today, with a nod of nostalgia to the retro era of our materials. Established in 2010, founder Heather DeSimone has been designing jewelry for Leetie Lovendale using salvaged vintage parts left behind by jewelry designers of the past.


Brian Hill | Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week
Brian works with 100's of emerging fashion designers each This month we'll be chatting with the man who created PHOENIX FASHION WEEK], Brian Hill, to get the inside scoop on what it took to build it from the ground up. We'll catwalk through the journey from the early startup years to the present-day glamour and experience the highs and lows of building a brand that builds brands. Learn what really goes into executing a seamless event and network with the industry pros who make Arizona's fashion scene so incredible.


Helen Jean | Curator of Fashion Design at PHX Art Museum
Trained in theatrical costume design as well as museum studies, Helen dove right into the world of curating fashion at Phx Art in 2007 as an assistant to the collection and after 5 years and a dozen exhibitions supported, life handed her new opportunities such as leading the fashion design program at the Art Institute of Phoenix and working in the costume shop at Arizona Opera.Now she’s back at Phoenix Art Museum as the Jacquie Dorrance curator of Fashion Design, working to craft stories and exhibitions that illustrate how clothing connects us all through a web of unique culture and exquisite craft.


Angela Johnson | FABRIC Co-Founder
From LA’s design and manufacturing world to advocate for AZ’s fashion industry, FABRIC co-founder Angela shares her story, and what it took to build an industry and have a successful fashion career. 


Sherri Barry and J.Kirby | On-Demand Manufacturing
Sherri and Kirby are putting Arizona on the fashion map by creating the first factory in North America to offer apparel entrepreneurs On-Demand print, cut, sew, pack and ship direct-to-consumer within 5-7 days. This sustainable, technology-driven, apparel manufacturing solution, where a garment is not made until purchased, is a “Sell one-Make one” system that offers customizable orders by fit and print.


Amelia Walsh | FABRIC Creative Director
From fashion designer to President of a luxury denim company to fashion professor at ASU to Creative Director of FABRIC....this experienced professional has done it all!


Sherri Barry | FABRIC Co-Founder
From running 350 retail stores as divisional VP, to starting her own fashion brand while earning an MBA at ASU, the difficulties of manufacturing in LA, ignited Sherri's passion for co-founding FABRIC.


Jared Yazzie | OXDX Owner
From the walls of the Smithsonian and pages of Vogue & WWD, to collaborations with The Hundreds, Eighth Generation, and Jamie Okuma. 


Kate Anderson | Director of Product Management
From merchandising, buying, and retail, to technical design and apparel production management in Los Angeles, Kate Anderson brings senior level experience at high volume brands such as Target, Forever 21, and Reformation to AZ’s emerging designers.

Rachel Malloy | Owner of Bunky Boutique
Rachel is the owner of an independent boutique called Bunky Boutique. For 14 years Bunky has been serving up fresh & unique styles to the Phoenix community. Bunky specializes in desert style, accessories, home goods, and gifts for men, women, and kiddos. Join us as we go Behind The Seams with a retail entrepreneur who has created one of AZ’s most iconic shops.

BTS-Bunky Boutique