Caleres Fashion Entrepreneur Competition Announces Five Designer Finalists
On Nov. 10, fashion and business fans alike will head to Majorette to see five St. Louis-based designers vie for up to $10,000 in the Caleres Fashion Entrepreneur Competition. Theresa Wangia of Beltshazzar Jewels, Crystal Frazier of Qristyl Frazier Designs, Claire Flowers, Ralph Cordova of Rafael Adón, and Christina Fogerty of Fauxgerty will be moving forward as finalists in the competition, which takes a more business-minded approach than Saint Louis Fashion Week competitions in years past.
The big event marks the official grand finale of this year’s 10-week Saint Louis Fashion Week season and will take place on Nov. 10. Each of the five finalists will showcase a look, present their vision and business plan, and exhibit their creative process in an effort to win a grand prize of $10,000, a second prize of $5,000 and/or a People’s Choice marketing package.
Learn about the five finalists below:
Theresa Wangia | Beltshazzar Jewels
Beltshazzar Jewels is an exquisite assortment of handmade jewelry and leather accessories created for the visionaries and the wanderers. Rare minerals, chunky vintage chains and butter-soft leather combine for astonishing effect, creating a look that bends to no common trend.
Crystal Frazier | Qristyl Frazier Designs
QFD is the innovator behind “Plus Sexy,” catering specifically to plus-sized women. The line balances a target market of modern, career-driven fashionistas who don’t want to hide their curves with sophisticated women who want to remain classy, classic and not feel or look as young as they feel.
Claire Flowers designs and manufactures fashionable footwear and apparel to stand up to the demands of urban
environments. The unique and patented Claire Flowers shoe delivers design and function for active, professional women, while the Claire Flowers dress line is comprised of six different patterns in the shift dress silhouette, crafted in leather with a removable lining for easy washing and wearing.
Ralph Cordova | Rafael Adón
Rafael Adón is a design house located in St. Louis’s historic Lafayette Square, specializing in made-to-measure luxury leather bags and accessories. In the last 3 years of designing and crafting bags for the most discerning clients, RA has developed a signature bespoke process named Story & Stitch, created to uncover a shopper’s desired characteristics for a bag, and then build it with only them in mind.
Christina Fogerty | Fauxgerty
Fauxgerty is a collection of cruelty-free womenswear with an emphasis on recycled elements and domestic production. A strong commitment to eco-friendly values guides all of the company’s decisions in product development, materials and labor, targeting buyers who invest in conscious decisions in and outside of their wardrobe
Tickets for the Caleres Fashion Entrepreneur Competition are on sale now.
Featured photo by Megan Magray.