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FGI Chicago Annual Sponsorship Packages

History

In 1930, a group of 17 accomplished women, successful in business when few industries were open to women, founded the first non-profit fashion organization by and for women. Among them were Dorothy Shaver, president of Lord & Taylor, and the first woman ever to head a department store; beauty empress, Elizabeth Arden; Vogue editor in chief, Edna Woolman Chase; fashion designers Claire McCardell and Adele Simpson and eight-time Oscar winner, costume designer, Edith Head, all of whom had arrived on the other side of the glass ceiling. And then there was one who arrived in the White House: Eleanor Roosevelt who, as a labor activist, fought for the rights of women toiling in the punishing sweatshops of the needle trades and, as we know, later became first lady of the United States.

Global

FGI claims a membership of 5000 men and women engaged in the fashion and design related industries.

Collaboration

Yearly, FGI hosts a Regional Directors Conference at which directors from the U.S and around the world convene in New York for three days of seminars and workshops.

Mission

The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers.

 

What We Offer

Branding your business with Fashion Group International of Chicago puts your company in amongst some of the top tastemakers and professionals in the business of fashion and design in the Chicago region. Members from the global network have access to and receive news of the events held by FGI Chicago.

Outreach

FGI also promotes educational programs devoted to fashion and fashion related businesses through the creation and awarding of scholarships and career counseling services. The organization serves community needs and concerns through various local non-profit partnerships, where affiliates receive direct funding raised from FGI event programming.

 

Recurring Sponsorship Opportunities

Rising Stars Awards

Held every two years, award categories honor nominees from Accessories, Beauty, Interiors/Home, Men’s Apparel, Retail, Visual Art & Women’s Apparel, promoting the advancement of both new and seasoned professionals. The awards recognize the extraordinary talent and drive of those who can capture imaginations and flourish in the ever-more complex fashion world.

Night of Stars

Held every two years, luminaries from the fashion and design world will take the stage as they accept their FGI Stargazer Awards. As the organization’s primary fundraiser, all proceeds from this evening benefit the FGI Chicago Educational Scholarship Fund. Our goal is to grant scholarships that can make a difference in the careers of dedicated fashion and design students.

Retail Symposium

Held every year, influential business leaders in the retail industry are brought together to discuss the current economic climate, consumer behaviors and retail trends. To thrive and stay relevant in retail, we must evolve in the social and mobile fields, and use data trends to engage in consumer’s lives, both online and offline.

A Chat With: [...]

Held quarterly, A Chat With (ACW), hosts more intimate events with speakers, professionals, artisans, and others. This series invites members to enjoy smaller scale events where they can be more involved in topics through hands-on experiences, demonstrations, conversations, etc.

 

Past Event Highlights

The 9th Rising Stars Awards

9th Rising Stars Awards presented by Fashion Group International of Chicago, honoring nominees for their innovation, creativity & accomplishments in Accessories, Beauty, Interiors/Home, Men’s, Retail & Women’s Apparel. The event featured a silent auction benefiting the FGI Scholarship fund for college students pursuing a career in the fashion industry.

Winners: Accessories - JGEREN; Beauty - Claudio Riaz, Inc.; Interiors / Home - Brynn Olson; Men’s - J. Toor; Retail - Judy Maxwell Home; Women’s - Lagi Nadeau.

Sept 2014

The James Hotel

Breakfast & Conversation: Angela Missoni Ken Downing

Fashion Group International to host Angela Missoni and Ken Downing for Breakfast Conversation!

FGI hosted a breakfast and conversation with Angela Missoni to celebrate her 20th anniversary as the creative director of her family’s brand. Chicago’s most notable fashion influencers and enthusiasts had the rare opportunity to learn about the history and future of the Italian fashion house directly from women responsible for modernizing and globalizing the family fashion label. SVP and Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus, Ken Downing will lead the conversation with Angela Missoni on her continuous dedication to her parent’s brilliant creation.

November 2017

The Gwen, Michigan Ave

Converge: Elevating Fashion & Retail with Technology

Award-winning event featuring a panel discussion about the impact of technology on today’s product development and retail fashion industries. Attendees learned how consumers are driving today’s shopping experiences & how technology is adapting to fulfill their needs.

Moderator: Cayla Weisberg InvestHER Ventures

Panelists: Lacey Bell President & Founder Fireflyline; Eric Sheinkop CEO desirelist; Sarah Perkins CEO & Co-founder DesignerShare; Alex Jovanovich MD, DermaCare.

June 2018

WeWork River North

The Age of Collaboration: A Retail Symposium

Susanna Homan, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of Chicago Magazine, lead a panel discussion featuring Liz Kammel Tilatti, CEO, ZipFitDenim; Erin Falbo, Marketing & Business Development Manager, Yorktown Center; Carson Smith, Photo Art Director, Schawk; & Melanie Bolin, Co-Founder, Mer-Sea & Co. Keynote speakers: Gwen Morrison, CEO, The Store, The Americas & Australia, WPP plc Global Retail Practice; & Brien Feit, Owner, BMF Media. Speakers shared how the industry is interacting in unique, unexpected and surprising ways to master the modern retail experience. To thrive and stay relevant in retail, we must evolve in the social and mobile fields, and use data trends to engage in consumer’s lives, both online and offline.

February 2018

Columbia College Chicago – Cinema Art Science Students

Tiers for Annual Sponsorship

Designer Sponsor $500

Website logo inclusion

Inclusion in 2 newsletters per year

4 social media mentions per year

1 comped ticket to each FGI Chicago event during 12-month period

Unique discount code for each FGI Chicago event during a 12-month period

Muse Sponsor $1000

Website logo inclusion

Inclusion in 4 newsletters per year

7 social media mentions per year

1 comped ticket to each FGI Chicago event during 12-month period

Unique discount code for each FGI Chicago event during a 12-month period

Logo inclusion on signage and/or invite at 2 pre-determined FGI Chicago events during 12-month period

Icon Sponsor $2500

Category exclusivity

Website logo inclusion

Inclusion in 8 newsletters per year

10 social media mentions per year

Access to event attendee lists

Two comped tickets to each FGI Chicago event during 12-month period

 Unique discount code for each FGI Chicago event during a 12-month period

Logo inclusion on signage and/or invite at 4 pre-determined FGI Chicago events during 12-month period

Food and Beverage in-kind sponsorship

1 comped ticket to every sponsored FGI Chicago event

Unique discount code for each FGI Chicago event during a 12-month period

Logo inclusion on event signage and/or invite to each FGI Chicago sponsored event

1 social media mention per FGI Chicago event sponsored

 

 

Past/Current Sponsors Include:

Neiman Marcus

Marcus

Giuliana Prosecco

Mugsy Jeans

Columbia College

Fashion Mingle

Lagunitas

Viking Showroom

Cheeses of Europe

Bebe

Base Salon

Kristine Steiner

Fireflyline

Rebecca Minkoff

Mars Gallery

Wework

24 Seven

Style Room 326

ELOQUII

Borris Powell

Standout Style Boutique

House of Tres Jolie Boutique

Sonya Simone

G4Apeture

10 MGMT

Mata Traders

Independence Chicago

Martini & Rossi

The James Hotels

Chicago Magazine

MP Management Chicago

Social Enjoyments

Willa Vodka

Moet & Chandon

Peroni

Classic Color

Ford Models

Tito’s 

Grey Goose

American Airlines