RunWay Underground is going print in 2013!!!
RWU will be launching Jisé, Austin's first bi-monthly conscious Diaspora Afrikan/Black fashion journal.
Jisé launch date is July 2013!
For a press kit, ad rates or additional information, please send an email to JiseMagazine@gmail.com.
RunWay Underground was established in 2008 as a response to Afrikan/Black designers being left out of fashion shows, events and editorial features and ads in Austin's fashion scene and publications. This exclusion also extends to Black models, hair styles, make up artisans, photographers and stylist. RWU began ery rarely, if at all are Black models featured in high fashion runway shows or in fashion print ads in Austin or most national and international runway shows or ad campaigns at the rate models of non-Afrikan/Black models. The same is often true for designers, photographers, stylists make up artists and hair stylists of Afrikan ascent. To address this exclusion, in 2011 RWU presented a series of launch shows and events at various locations along Congress Avenue in downtown Austin; as well as an in-store show at Rack Room Shoes in the Southpark Meadows Shopping Center. Each year RWU will present more unique, surprising, exciting and bigger events and projects to showcase Austin's best emerging and established Afrikan/Black designers, models and other industry professionals. Another signature event for the 2013 season will be Austin's (and Texas') first annual International Afrikan Fashion Week events this fall. [For more information and to register as a featured designer at i-AFW/A:2012 click here.]
We also want to use our fashion events and resources as a platform to bring conscious awareness and aid to critical cultural and social conditions facing Afrikan people (especially women and children) throughout the Afrikan Diaspora and the "organic" groups and programs that support them. Some of the causes we want to bring attention to at/through our events and partner organizations are: The Toombas' jeans and clothing drive for Haiti and families in local shelters, the Uhuru Afrikan Artisans' Emergency Fund, Ka-Aso Afrikan Women's Textile Guild and Studio Program, ourYouth & Teen Fashion Design Mentoring Program, local holistic health organizations and programs, Diverse Arts Culture Works and breast and women's cancers awareness initiatives. RWU is committed to supporting, sustaining and evolving the careers, endeavors and voices of our members, in-house designers, models and Afrikan/Black fashion industry professionals who come across our path.
RWU Event and Show Planning
RunWay Underground offers customizable all inclusive and a la carte fashion show and event production and coordinating services. We also offer studio and location photo shoot services. Our goal is to provide the highest level of services to our clients to ensure successful, professional quality events and a memorable fashion experience for our client's guests and customers.
RWU Fashion Show Production Services:
In March, RunWay Underground plans to launch NTUMA'PA, our new textile and garment production studio and sourcing services to provide support to our member and in-house designers as well as to other Austin designers and textile product retailers. This textile studio and garment production workroom and sourcing service component of RWU will be staffed and managed by our growing team of expert and highly skilled textile, sewers, pattern makers and hand-work artisans each with 10 to 40 years of experience behind them to assist our in-house and local designers with creating sample pieces and small production runs of their collections and apparel products. This service is essential to the sustainablity, success and sanity of any designer/label because we — designers can't [always] do it all.
RWU's vision for NTUMA'PA: Textile Studio and Garment Production Workroom, Apparel Jobs/Training Program and Sourcing Services is to:
Of course, production staff positions will be open to men and other cultural/ethnic artistic traditions to create and maintain new jobs in Austin and provide our designers and clients with with unique and quality services.
We feel that NTUMA'PA is a much needed service and new component of RWU will not only begin to finally meet the high demand for Austin's numerous professional fashion and accessories designers and non-existent garment manufacturing industry here, we know it will also balloon into a major resource for alternative jobs for Austin's talented and many under served residents.
If you are a designer or label in need of patterns makers, expert sewing/garment technicians to make your samples or small production runs (up to 50 of the same garment/pieces) and/or for detail hand needlework (i.e. embroidery, beading, finish work, crochet, knitting, applique...). RWU's NTUMA'PA Production Workroom Program will facilitate connecting Austin and TX designers, labels and textile product retailers with sourcing their garment needs with our textile and apparel production staff and contractors.
We also offer assistance with identifying other qualified manufacturing sources (i.e. shoe manufactures, wholesale textile and notions suppliers — US, Afrika and India, machine/equipment sources, repair and maintenance...) and consultation services for start-up designers for a nominal fee of $75. This consultation includes the initial consultation appointment, a list of qualified production facilities for each category of merchandise you are manufacturing, a list of wholesalers and other support resources and a follow up appointment to fine tune the sourcing lists received from us.
NTUMA'PA sample and pattern making and garment construction fees will be based on the individual project's level of complexity, quantities being produced and materials being used. Our in-house/staff and contract sewers, pattern makers, textile and hand work artisans do not work from home, off site or go to our clients studios/workrooms. All textile production and garment construction is done on site in our production studios and workroom by our in-house/staff and contract artisans. This is necessary to maintain a high level of quality control; to ensure that deadlines are met; cohesive and clear communications; concise billing, and for convenience. Clients are welcome and encouraged to visit our workroom during any phase of the garment production process of their orders.
Our NTUMA'PA Textile and Garment Production Studio will begin setting appointments for [free] production consultations regarding your garment production needs on 5 March for orders/projects starting in April 2012. We will begin accepting Sourcing consultations on March 19th.
Please contact us at 512.650.8281 to set up in person appointments for Sourcing Consultations and production assessments. Email us for a Sourcing Registration Form at email@example.com (please put "NTUMA'PA Sourcing" in the subject line)
NTUMA'PA Textile and Apparel Team Opportunities:
We are always interested in adding talented and experienced textile and apparel artisans to our production team. Experienced and expert sewers, pattern makers, graders, hand stitchers and needlework artisans may submit their contact information and qualifications via our online registration form on our "Designer Registry" page (click here). Please include additional information about yourself and your experience in the "Additional Information" field on the form. Or submit the following via email: A brief bio or resume of your sewing/textile training, work/project experience, area(s) of expertise and interest, three industry or client references as well as three examples of your work (i.e. website links or JPG, PNG or PDF attachments only).
All potential production team applicants:
Please send required information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Put"NTUMA'PA Production Team" in the subject line or use our online registry (click here). No phone calls please.
[NTUMA'PA = Special made/high quality clothe in Twi/Akan - Ghana, West Afrika]
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