In 1934, Chicago was one of the first regions added to the FGI organization. Our first Regional Director was Mrs. Ford Carter. Our region has a history of hosting our own Rising Stars Awards, Night of Stars and Retail Symposiums. Today, our members enjoy programming in all fashion / beauty / interiors segments, including networking events, trend events, symposiums, workshops, panels, dinners, and virtual events.
Bhavana Jain and Maryanne Grisz
FGI Membership Merit Award in June of 2022.
Masha Titievsky DeHaan and Jess Crane
FGI Special Programming Award in June of 2018.
Some of our recent events include:
FGI Triple Member Meetup, a virtual networking event in conjunction with FGI Atlanta and FGI St. Louis, in July of 2022.
Fashion Law Panel at AIBI Chicago in June of 2014.
Beyond a Checked Box: Authentically Leaning into Diversity & Inclusion, at Select Monel Management in April of 2022.
Louis Bisceglie of Neiman Marcus
Fashion Presentation FW22 | In Collaboration with Neiman Marcus, Michigan Avenue, in April of 2022.
Some of our past event highlights include:
Converge: Elevating Fashion & Retail with Technology at WeWork River North in June of 2018. This was an award-winning event featuring a panel discussion about the impact of technology on today’s product development and retail fashion industries.
The Age of Collaboration: A Retail Symposium at Columbia College Chicago in February of 2018. Speakers shared how the industry is interacting in unique, unexpected, and surprising ways to master the modern retail experience.
The 9th Rising Stars Awards at The James Hotel in September of 2014 which honored nominees for their innovation, creativity & accomplishments in Accessories, Beauty, Interiors/Home, Men’s, Retail & Women’s Apparel.
Breakfast & Conversation: Angela Missoni & Ken Downing at The Gwen Michigan Ave in November of 2017.
FGI hosted a breakfast and conversation with Angela Missoni to celebrate her 20th anniversary as the creative director of her family’s brand.
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