What is Fashion Week MN?
Fashion Week Minnesota is a bi-annual event of runway shows, presentations, panels, and shopping events used to highlight the current collections of Minnesota-based designers, brands, and retailers. The event is organized by Fashion Week MN, a volunteer-run, community-oriented, not-for-profit organization that organizes two fashion weeks each year—a spring edition in April, and a fall edition in September. Annually, FWMN is attended by more than 2,000 attendees with more than 20 shows in 7-9 days.
The mission of Fashion Week MN is to cultivate the interconnected fashion economy of the North that inspires, drives and supports creativity while breeding opportunity in a global market.
We strategically present fashion of the North with the focus and support built on five strong pillars:
- Education: to provide fundamental tools and material for the community to be successful and equal opportunity
- Innovation: to launch a series of diverse forms in fashion while recognizing creative expression that provides a global perspective
- Reputation: to respect and act upon ethical and sustainable business practices
- Business: to provide support for individuals and small businesses opportunities on a local to a global scale
- Investment: to improve the inclusivity of the local fashion community so that it may support and curate an approachable form of creative expression
Hamdi Mohamed, Director
Hamdi has been involved in the Twin Cities fashion community for years. He started in the the modeling industry when he was 16 and eventually transitioned over to the production side of things. He’s also worked behind the scenes at several FWMN events. He is super passionate about marketing, and he truly believes in its value, whether it’s for a corporation, a startup brand, or a personal brand. After a stint in corporate marketing, he now works at a local talent agency booking and developing models. Learn more about Hamdi at northdandy.com.
Sarah Edwards, Co-Founder
Sarah Edwards creates unique experiences that intertwine community, art, goodwill and fashion. A few of her projects include I AM MPLS!, I AM ST. PAUL!, and I AM Kindness. Sarah is driven by helping and connecting ideas and people that she believes in, and fueled by the entrepreneurial energy and collaborative spirit of the Twin Cities. As a fashion stylist, connector, event producer, philanthropist, and a promoter Minneapolis/St. Paul talent, she imagines a new environment in which we are closer connected to resources and people that can make our dreams a reality. Learn more about Sarah at iamsarahedwards.com.
Jahna Peloquin, Co-Founder
Jahna Peloquin is a Minneapolis-based style writer and stylist. Over the past decade, Jahna has been a leading voice in the local fashion industry, particularly in her roles as a weekly contributing stylist and writer for alt-weekly Vita.mn, as the lead stylist for Voltage: Fashion Amplified, and most recently as the Style Editor at Minnesota Monthly magazine. Her work has been published in Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Midwest Home, Minnesota Bride, Southwest Journal Home, and METRO Magazine, and she has been recognized as Best Dressed by City Pages in 2018 & as a Twin Cities Style Maker in American Craft Magazine. Learn more at jahna-peloquin.com
Do you want to be a part of FWMN? Head to the F.A.Q. page to get started!