Fashion News Bits: Kimora Lee Starts A Scholarship Fund And A St. Louis Mom Heads Into The 'Shark Tank'

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Fresh off the tails of Saint Louis Fashion Week, the city is charging full steam ahead in the fashion realm. Here are a few new tidbits that are on our radar:

ALIVE Magazine, March 2013.

ALIVE Magazine, March 2013.

  • Perhaps one of the most well known St. Louis natives and an industry expert in the world of fashion, Kimora Lee, has announced that she is launching a scholarship fund to “groom future Kimora Lee’s.” According to Style.com, the designer, model and former reality TV star’s $1 million fund will be split between three fashion schools, “$500,000 of the fund will be dispersed to the New York educational organization over the next five years, while the remainder will be distributed to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Additionally, the project will include an internship program with KLS Collection, Simmons’ new, hush-hush high-end womenswear line that will be launching in New York City this November.” Lee has credited her interest to her upbringing in St. Louis and is excited about providing both opportunities and resources to aspiring designers.
  • Ground has officially been broken for St. Louis’ very own IKEA, under construction now at Forest Park Parkway and Vandeventer Avenue. After reportedly searching for a location in St. Louis for 10 years, the franchise has found a new home for its newest 380,000-square-foot, $50 million dollar home goods and furniture store, set to open in fall of 2015.
  • St. Louis mom-turned-entrepreneur Talia Goldfarb will be bringing her line of fashionable kids belts to ABC’s “Shark Tank,” where five self-made, multi-millionaire tycoons part with their own hard-earned cash and give aspiring business-owners the funding they need to jump-start their ideas. Myself Belts, which are available in St. Louis at fashionable children’s boutiques like Dandelions in Ladue, promote independence and boost self-esteem by allowing young children to easily fasten and unfasten their belt on their own. Goldfarb’s episode is set to air on Oct. 31 at 8pm on ABC.
  • St. Louis-based Brown Shoe Company has announced that they will continue its support of QVC FFaNY Shoes marking the company’s 10th year as a Pink Benefactor. Pink Benefactors donate more than $500,000 of product to the annual sale to fight breast cancer. The sale will take place through QVC throughout the month of October, and will include Brown Shoe Company brands Via Spiga, Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Fergie, Carlos Santana, Naturalizer, Dr. Scholl’s, Lifestride and Rykä. A portion of the money raised from the event will also go to Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis. Over the years, Brown Shoe Company has donated more than $7 million in shoes to QVC FFaNY Shoes on Sale. Since 2005, Siteman has received more than $3.2 million in funding from QVC FFaNY Shoes on Sale.
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