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Kiss winter goodbye and say hello to spring with this fantastic sale! Treat yourself to some much-deserved handmade goodness and check out Design Collective's quarterly sale for up to 80% off clothing, accessories, jewelry, wedding wear and gifts made by your favorite local designers! There will be markdowns on items by:

120PSI - 30% off recycled innertube wallets
AO3 Design - 20% off bags & clutches
Wedding Dresses
Bara - 80% off small wares
Carrier Pigeon - 15% off jewelry
Claire Monet - 25% off t-shirts
Design Orange - 35% off cards & scarves
EC Jewelry - 10% off jewelry
Foat - 20% off clothing & accessories
Frances Zerr - 20% off select clothing
Grayline Clothing - 20% off clothing, t-shirts & wedding accessories
Greybird - 25% off accessories
Hackwith Design House - 25% off clothing
hbDesigns - 25% off plushies & jewelry
Heads Together - 25% off jewelry
Jecoupage - 35% off wallets, cards & accessories
Laura Christine - 50% off clothing
Lefthand Originals - 20% off jewelry
Louise Bags & Totes - 10% off totes & clutches
Makeshift Accessories - 20% off cuffs, jewelry & accessories
Margaret Mousley - 25% off clothing
Marisa Grey - 25% off clothing
Max Lohrbach - 25% off clothing
Paper Bag of Pearls - 20% off jewelry
Potpourri - 50% off necklaces, 20% off earrings
Starry Night Beadworks - 10% off jewelry
Sterling Sun Jewelry - 15% off jewelry
Tillylula - 20% off earrings

Get into the spring spirit with Frances Zerr's light and airy collection as seen in the Voltage Fashion Show. Her muted tones paired with feminine, yet casual designs make her collection fresh and wearable. Using organic cotton in about half of her collection, Frances makes sustainable look so chic.

Give something local and unique to your Valentine this year! From left: (1) Thongs and hipster panties made by Irely will be your lady's new favorite with their sexy, comfortable fit and a hidden pocket in the waistband for stashing cash, credit cards, an ID or a key. (2) We have a huge selection of sweet, naughty and snarky Valentines for your sweetheart, friend or someone you've been secretly admiring. (3) Sterling silver Anatomical Hearts by EC Design put a quirky twist on the typical heart pendant.
"Costumes and Couture" Industry Halloween Bash
Thursday, October 29th - 7 to 10pm
18 to enter, 21 to drink
$7 cover / $5 with costume
Arrive Before 7:30pm for FREE COVER

INDUSTRY HALLOWEEN PARTY: Costumes Strongly Encouraged, Runway Show Hosted By Design Collective, DJ Bach, Spooky Décor, Ignite Models, Cocktails, Small Bites and more

Ignite Models, Inc. will host the most fashionable Halloween Party in town - part of their new monthly FAME (Fashion, Art, Music, Entertainment) events that take place the last Thursday of every month at the Ignite Models Studio.

Local boutique DESIGN COLLECTIVE will host a runway show featuring fabulous fall fashions from Twin Cities designers including: 2709, ALLISON QUINNELL, CALPURNIA PEACH, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN, MARISA GREY and MAX LOHRBACH. As always, the lovely Ignite models will showcase these fashions on the runway and join the rest of the stylish fashion industry for a rocking Halloween dance party after the show. Design Collective will also set up a mini-store where guests can purchase couture hot off the runway, right at the event. For more on Design Collective, please visit: www.designcollectivempls.com

Costumes are highly encouraged - guests who dress to impress in their Halloween finest will receive a discounted cover charge, and everyone can trick or treat throughout the evening as there will be plenty of pint sized chocolate bars and assorted candies to go around.

There will be an Interactive Photo Booth set up at Pahrump Valley Winery where photographers can capture every fashionable guest in their best Halloween costumes or couture, sipping cocktails with gorgeous male and female Ignite models on the modern chic couches at the lofted warehouse studio space, or dancing to the beats provided by DJ Bach. All photos will be up on the Ignite Models Inc website after the event. http://www.ignitemodelsinc.com.

FAME events always take place on the last Thursday of the month from 7pm - 10pm. Ignite Models Studio is located in the Brin Building at 600 Washington Ave N, Suite 101, Minneapolis.

6 TO 8PM

VACKER by Alison Voelz:
Soft, stylish & luxe

A collection of upcycled knit sweaters, tops, shawls and dresses. A special part of the line is reconstructed T-shirts made from thrift store throwaways. A genuinely sweat shop free, eco-friendly, upcycled boutique line of contemporary designs.

Buy and help others at the same time why deny yourself the pleasure?

For each upcycled T-shirt purchased $20 will go to World ORT helping educate children in South Africa. Every T has a unique hand made brooch based on traditional South African designs. All the pins are made from a community in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company, Uhambo Creations, focuses on creating jobs through active marketing of hand made products passed to a growing network of women.

Drinks & hors d'oeuvers will be served.
Open to the public.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13 - 3 to 5PM
at Design Collective

Meet Kristy Simmons, designer of Je Ne Regrette Rien (JNRR) and get a close-up look at her line of swim cover-ups from the Urban Splash runway. Enjoy a selection of artisan cheeses and wine. Kristy will share her story about the origins of Je Ne Regrette Rien (French for I Do Not Regret Anything) and what it means to her, as well as the narrative behind the rare, African printed fabrics of the cover-ups and beach totes.

featuring Tekno Doll & JNRR

7pm - $10 at the door
Proceeds go to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer event

901 Hennepin Ave, Downtown Mpls

Check out the Summer 2010 Collection by local designer of Tekno Doll Swimwear, Jolene Danielson. She is inspired by modern art, and there are hand-painted pieces in her collection with abstract splashes of color. Her signature mark is hand-beading details, using coral, turquoise & shells.

JNRR (Je Ne Regrette Rien) is debuting a line of swim coverups featuring authentic African printed cotton textiles. Designer Kristy Simmons's great aunt had acquired them while serving many years as a missionary in Cameroon.


1 to 5pm

When it's Fashion Week in Minneapolis, the hustle and bustle are all very fun but can also be overwhelming. Where's the perfect place to relax and take in some fresh Minneapolis fashion? Come to Design Collective where Calpurnia Peach, Max Lohrbach, Allison Quinnell, and 2709 will be meeting and greeting while you wine and dine on mimosas and hors d'oeuvres. Have the opportunity to see the Voltage collections up close and indulge in all of those wonderful details lost on the runway. Additional garments and accessories will be available, as well as one on ones with the designers to take measurements for custom garments as seen on the runway. Don't miss out on the perfect end to an awesome week of fashion!
3 to 7pm

Come join us at Design Collective for some clothing that will blow your mind and enjoy some afternoon cocktails and sunshine. Grayline Clothing will be debuting its Spring Collection featuring women's and men's screen-printed garments inspired by nature, patterns, early 1900s art nouveau, and childhood fascinations. Also, check out the limited edition menswear worn by local band Mercurial Rage in Voltage.

We think you're just about ready for a little Spring fashion by now and lucky for you, we've been getting in lots of new designs that will make you forget that Winter ever happened. Check out some fresh accessories by our new designers Third Willow and Designs by K. Cayetano. Third Willow's luxurious leather and lace clutch (left) and their damask clutch with magenta ribbon (right) mix vintage inspirations with modern sensibilities. Dress up any outfit with one of K. Cayetano's sexy multi-chain necklaces (middle).

We've got the perfect locally-made gifts and cards for your Valentine right here! Whether it's a special piece of jewelry that they've been eyeing, a hilarious set of mustache bandanas, a new favorite t-shirt, or a card that lets them know you're thinking of them in a nice way, we have what you need to make the 14th extra awesome.
Design Collective is happy to launch its new website. You now have a place to check out the latest in-store fashions and designers, announcements of local fashion events, and other cool Design Collective happenings. Thank you, Design Collective Aesthetics Team!
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