Following her recent pilgrimage to the Philippines, designer and Fashion Denver owner Brandi Shigley decided to move her company headquarters from 1070 Bannock Street into Green Spaces, 1368 26th Street, a warehouse in the heart of RiNo. "The reason for our move is to simplify," she explains. "We had a lot of space that wasn't serving us anymore, so we are moving. I'm really excited to be a part of this community of young entrepreneurs, and I have access to this beautiful building."
Shigley started Fashion Denver in 2004, and even as the business grew, so did her many ideas. "I'm happy not to work alone. I thrive when I'm working near people," says Shigley, noting that she'll be with like-minded entrepreneurs in her new place. "The move is bittersweet, because I had been on Bannock Street for five years. But every so often I go through a major shift in life and get rid of everything and start new. This is that time. I was able to donate a lot of the furniture to Green Spaces. I will be more focused on my speaking engagements, encouraging dreamers and doers. I will also be concentrating on finishing the book I am writing.
"Fashion Denver is not going anywhere," she adds. "We will be still doing fashion shows and fashion markets." In fact, the next seasonal fashion market will take place on August 8, at Illegal Pete's on South Broadway; the runway will be on the bocce ball court. And after the show, Shigley's new band, Piper Cub, will hit the Illegal Pete's stage.
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"My friend Daniel and I started a new music project that is 1950s-inspired," says Shigley. Piper Cub will also play the Denver County Fair.
The inaugural event in Fashion Denver's new home at Green Spaces will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25, when Shigley and other Colorado creatives will run a fashion camp for kids ages seven to eleven. Shigley is excited to teach kids the fundamentals of the fashion industry, along with crafty skills — like how to create your own paper handbag, as she did when she was an up-and-coming kid designer. "I think it's important for business owners to show kids how fun jobs can be," she says, "because when you pique someone's interest at an early age, they become passionate about their profession." Find out more here.