The Factory Fashion Show and Night Market Returns this Month
On Saturday, Sept. 29, St. Louis will have a chance to meet the new fashion vanguard. That’s when the Factory—STL’s biannual night market and catwalk event—will return for one night only, and anyone who wants to be the first to know at what’s next in heartland style won’t want to miss it.
The Factory is the creation of Kristin Helena Johnson, a local designer and creative who’s deeply plugged into the St. Louis’ fashion scene. When asked whether the designers would be working off a common theme, she said that any expectations attendees might go in with would be likely be smashed—at least if all goes well. “It’s quite the opposite, really—diversity is my objective, and each designer is unique and offers something different,” Johnson said via email. “I try to stay away from sameness.”
The mystery is part of the appeal. Because the Factory strikes a balance between the underground feel of private shows for fashion insiders and a spirit of celebration that invites everyone in who wants to celebrate emerging talent. Each event is at a different innovative location—past events have been held in renovated churches and warehouses, and September’s edition will be housed in Fox Park’s Koken Art Factory—and some of the featured designers are fresh out of school and don’t even have websites yet. Though if past Factory events are any indication, they’ll be a carefully curated group who won’t disappoint—and they’re definitely certain to surprise.
The evening will kick off with a night market at 6 p.m., which will stay open until 11pm. The runway show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets on sale now.
All photos are courtesy of the Factory Fashion Show.