European Fashion Entrepreneurs
Come hear from our special European guests Wednesday September 11th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Our guests are YTILI fellows who will speak with us about entrepreneurship and innovation in European fashion. YTILI is part of a program sponsored by the US State Department and operated by the German Marshall Fund, to encourage entrepreneurship and build a transatlantic innovation network. Because of Austin’s emerging fashion community, all of this year’s European fashion entrepreneurs were invited to join us in our city to learn about our fashion ecosystem.
This panel discussion is an opportunity for our Austin community to learn more about building a fashion brand overseas. We will hear from a variety of fashion entrepreneurs, including entrepreneurs building a makers network, an artisan brand, and a fashion-tech lab.
Join us to welcome our international guests, learn about European fashion entrepreneurship and build your international network.
AFI events have previously featured many notable Austin-based brands including PennyLuck, Amberleaf, Esby, Kendra Scott, SXSW, BigCommerce, Howler Brothers, Helm Boots among others. Austin Fashion Initiative events are open to any professional participating in the fashion and creative industries. Join us for engaged networking, great conversation and special treats with Austin’s most innovative fashion business professionals.
Reserve your spot, space is limited. Reservation fee: $5 advance reservation, $10 at the door (depending on availability). Free admission for current AFI Members who have purchased an annual membership. Learn more about AFI membership.
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MEET THE PANELISTS
Ilgin Ozdemir Yazgan
Founder & CEO | Accouchée
After working in the corporate world for 15 years serving European Investment Bank, General Electric, Accenture Management Consultancy and Vitol, Ilgin gave birth to her son Arhan. She loved being a mom; yet she missed feeling like her pre-baby self. Therefore, she established Accouchée as premium maternity wear for moms with active social and professional lives. With products designed for pregnancy, nursing and beyond, Accouchée empowers women to live life fully.
In the first year, Accouchée started selling in Turkey, London and Dubai and has been granted fellowship by the US Department of State & German Marshall Fund for US, Cherie Blair Foundation for UK; and Turkish Women Entrepreneurs Association, Boyner Group & Merrill Lynch for Turkey. In November, Accouchée will be running in the 41st Istanbul Marathon for raising funds to be used in Social Gender Equality projects of TOG (Community Volunteers Foundation). In collaboration with TIDER (Basic Needs Association), Accouchée has been facilitating “Luck Favors the One Who Shares” campaign since one year. With the voucher sent with the purchased products, Accouchée moms are asked to send their already-small baby clothes to Accouchée to be collected and shipped to TIDER to be delivered to families under the poverty line.
Ilgin is supporting women empowerment to enable raising happier kids that can change the world. She loves traveling, learning about different cultures and dancing. She speaks Turkish, English and French.
Co-Founder | Nji Mar, Nji Mrapsht
Anisa is the co-founder of "Nji Mar, Nji Mrapsht", the first and only handmade concept-store in Albania, proudly giving a new meaning to "made in Albania", supported by a network of +200 artisans from all over the country. Also, she works as an architect and coordinator for Cultural Heritage without Borders Albania, an NGO working with cultural heritage in the region for more than 20 years.
Anisa is involved in a large variety of projects, promoting cultural heritage as both a right and a resource for sustainable development. She works with people, both through the non-profit and private sectors, towards re-building their dignity and improving their life conditions.
Founder | Jasna Rok
Jasna Rokegem is an award-winning pioneer combining innovative fashion and cutting-edge technology. She founded Jasna Rok, the first FashionTech design lab in Belgium, which was created to reconcile advanced technologies with interactive fashion and does so by collaborating with technology partners globally. Her visionary thinking helps decision-makers in different industries imagine how to come up with more sustainable solutions.
Jasna is fascinated by space and the idea of having one unique garment which becomes a living organism on its own, an extension of our bodies which creates a new way of human communication that reshapes our responses to our innermost feelings, a brand new dimension of interaction.
About The Riveter | www.theriveter.co
The Riveter is a national network of community and coworking spaces built by women, for everyone. Through its best-in-class professional and personal development programming, robust membership, and collaborative workspaces, The Riveter is working to elevate the conversation and progress around gender equity in work and business. Launched in May 2017 in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, The Riveter has grown to include six locations in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Austin with locations planned for Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN, Portland, OR, and Atlanta, GA by mid-2019 (with more to be announced). This expansion is spurred by The Riveter’s recent announcement of a $15 million Series A funding round in December 2018. The Riveter’s mission to redefine the future of work has been featured in The Washington Post, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Quartz, Bloomberg Technology, and more.