Spotlight: Slate Collective: Session 01

April 6, 2018



Intertwining many variables to create a unique fashion show experience, designer Allison Quinnell of Slate Collective will launch her highly anticipated spring collection Slate Collective: Session 01 during Fashion Week MN as the opening show. I had a chance to learn more about Quinnell’s history in the fashion world, her thought process behind creating Slate Collective, and what’s to come in t-minus 15 days down the runway!

Designer, Allison Quinnell

Tell us a little about yourself, and your journey into the fashion design world.
I’ve been sketching and designing since I was 8-years-old. I used to spend summers drawing catalogs of clothing, and ask my parents to “order” from them. I studied clothing design in college, including at the University of Minnesota, and Central Saint Martins, in London. After college I immediately started designing for Target, where I spent 6.5 years. I left Target to design for Old Navy and then The North Face, in San Francisco. 3 years ago, I founded my own freelance and design consulting firm, Q & Co., where I have worked on a multitude of exciting and unique projects.

What was your thought process behind the creation of Slate Collective?
The essence of Slate Collective comes from a single moment 4.5 years ago. I was in Paris, on my own version of an “Eat, Pray, Love” trip. I went to Centre Pompidou, the modern art museum, and sat down in front of a painting by Joan Mitchell. I had never heard of her, but I sat there for 45 minutes. I couldn’t really leave, and I thought “sure, it would be great on the wall of my home, but I want it closer to me, I want it on my body.” At that moment I fully realized the impact of art, and how it collides with how I design and how I want to work. Another facet of Slate Collective is my passion for slower, more meaningful clothing. That is why you will see very thoughtful silhouette selection.

What can we expect to see during the debut of Slate Collective: Session 01?
I have a very ambitious and passionate plan for the debut of Slate Collective: Session 01 and FWMN. My intention is to show a unique interpretation of a fashion show and I want my guest to say “I’ve never seen anything like that”. The Slate Collective: Session 01 show will also pay tribute to the collaborating artist, and also highlight the versatility of the collection. Last, but not least, I want it to be FUN!

As a fashion designer, Quinnell strives to create meaningful clothing for the modern woman. Not only will Slate Collective: Session 01 showcase her collection of contemporary classics, Quinnell collaborated with up-and-coming female artists to create one of a kind timeless pieces. “My hope is they (artists) find Slate Collective as an opportunity to engage a new audience, perhaps a new medium for their work, and a collaborative and supportive environment to explore other possibilities. I know clothing design, and they know their medium, and together it creates something new and exciting.”

Slate Collective: Session 01 will take place on April 23rd at Le Méridien Chambers starting at 6pm (VIP) and 7pm (general admission). Please visit for tickets and more information.


By Aggie Ofori-Amanfo