Fashion Week MN Advisory Council
Created Spring 2021, the Fashion Week MN Advisory Council includes representatives from the Minnesota fashion, art, and business communities. These advisors dedicate their time and expertise to assist in developing opportunities and strategies to further the interconnected fashion economy of the North. One of the Council’s main responsibilities is deciding the lineup for FWMN’s Spring and Fall seasons. We are excited to welcome seven members to our Advisory Council:
Jahna Peloquin is a Minneapolis-based style writer, stylist and style expert with a passion for local fashion, community, sustainability, the arts and all things vintage. Active in the local fashion community for the past 15 years, Jahna co-founded Fashion Week MN in 2015 as a way to support the local fashion community. Following stints as the fashion director of Rosedale Center and as the style editor for Minnesota Monthly, Jahna now works as a freelance copywriter for a major national retailer. She lives in a 1912 bungalow in Northeast Minneapolis with her partner and her vintage clothing collection. In her free time, she is a vintage treasure hunter and an occasional stylist.
Michael Abata is a consumer futurist and brand marketer at Target. He is passionate about showcasing the value of the North and spends his time outside of work volunteering with Twin Cities small businesses to help them grow. Michael lives in South Minneapolis with his husband Joel and Jack Russell Terrier, Jett. He’s a huge fan of Disney, yoga, theater and staying curious. Michael’s excited to bring to life MN Fashion in bold and inclusive ways!
Nadege Souvenir is a performing arts enthusiast + occasional fashionista + gluten-free foodie + developing cocktail aficionado. A former corporate litigator, she is now in the world of philanthropy. During the day, you’ll find her at Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation as the Senior Vice President of Operations & Learning. She is Chair of the Minnesota Opera Board of Directors and also serves as a Blandin Foundation trustee. At night, you might find her testing her husband’s cocktails for their cocktail club.
Robert Elder is celebrating his 18th year in the fashion industry and is fortunate to have worked for many different types of companies from private small vendors to large publicly traded high-end retail. Currently, he is part of the sales team at MarinPatrick3. Robert has always been fascinated by both sides from creation to the channels needed to distribute products to consumers. It is ever-changing and “never finished”.
Jeff Aguy is a co-founder for NCXT, a design and technology modernization firm serving mid-to-large-size companies, managing partner of his family’s small business investment arm, Aguy Innovation Group. Jeff also manages programs at Lunar Startups, a new model for startup incubation that specializes in growth, connection and innovation for women, people of color and other high-potential entrepreneurs.
Christina Fortier is a small-town Minnesota girl who was walking the runway in Paris by age 18 and she’s been bringing her “say yes/try anything” attitude to the world ever since. She’s a creative force whose career has spanned modeling, acting, fashion styling, television, design, and branding. She’s now raising three young kids with her husband while also delivering award-winning creative solutions to today’s biggest brands. Her voice is valued by Fortune 100 leaders worldwide and she leads her clients and teams with a fierce commitment to results and an impeccable eye for quality. Christina’s popular Blunt Cuts podcast brings her passion for authenticity, empathy, and female empowerment to life.
Ra’eesa Motala is an experienced industrial and corporate solutions specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the commercial real estate industry. She is the co-founder of noisem8kers, a production company focused on storytelling. She is recognized as a 2020 “40 Under 40” honoree and was honored by the MSPBJ with “Women in Business” in 2018.