We’re so knee-deep in spring show planning that it’s hard to believe we just bid adieu to our 2017 Summit three weeks ago! More than 160 people attended the epic event, which took place at Fashion Industry Gallery in downtown Dallas.
Guests flew in from all over the country, including Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Brooklyn and Alabama. Two women whom our founder, Brittany, met while traveling in Arizona over Christmas break even surprised her and came in from their home state of Virginia!
Flea Style Summit was created to empower, educate and connect creative thinkers. Our winter Summit did that and so much more, with four inspiring and informative panels, two whip-smart workshops, and more food and beverages than one tummy could take.
Of course, this being Flea Style, the decor and vibe were a big deal. We tapped a few vendors to help us out. Tasha Buchheit (she recently started her own event/styling company called Blended Willow!) spearheaded the efforts by designing and crafting the decor, which was based around the day’s theme of growth. Also a big shout out to Patricio Rivera and Jess Jamison who did some major heavy lifting and on-site crafting. The eye candy included hand-embroidered banners, drippy fabric dream catchers and a gorgeous stage backdrop peppered with tree branches and eucalyptus leaves.
Robin Garrett, a Dallas spring show vendor and the owner of Oopsy Daisy garden center and gift shop in Denison, donated dozens of earthy accents, including giant tree limbs, sticks, stumps, vintage wheelbarrows and more. Another vendor (and our current mentorship program winner) Lindsey Overton of Krisen Home graciously gifted us some of the gorgeous furniture that will be available at the April 7 and 8 show in Dallas. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed cozying in her boho-chic bamboo bench, rattan settee and wicker chairs.
It takes a village to put on these types of events, and we have so many people to thank. Starting with our inspiring panelists Allyson Fulcher, Lauren Williams, Paula Minnis, Carley Seale, Judy Aldridge, Jane Aldridge, Blaine Jakubov and Catherine Lowe. They were candid, real, funny, inspiring, informative and offered up more real talk then we ever could have imagined.
We’d also like to thank our rock star workshop mentors behind Visionary Playground, KellyCPA, The Vintage Round Top and Dallasites 101. For those that fueled and hydrated us — Casamigos, Kendall-Jackson, SparklingIce — a huge thank you! Dessert was bomb, thanks to Tiff’s Treats and The Cottonsmith cotton candy cart.
Our breakfast could not have been more beautiful or delicious thanks to the incredible Village Baking Company. And, Zoe’s Kitchen, you hit it out of the park with your scratch-made Mediterranean lunch and appetizers. Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Over the past few weeks, handwritten notes and emails have poured into the office telling us how inspired they left or that they’ve taken the leap and started a new business. Here are a few that really mean a lot to us.
“I left inspired, energized and pampered (coffee, cocktails, pastries, what?!). The whole production was visually stunning and so well done,” says Claire Wright. “You guys put in a ton of work and it was apparent! I collected some great knowledge and made some invaluable relationships. It was the perfect next step in my dream to start my own children’s clothing collection.”
“Thank you for hosting such a beautiful event. This was my first of many summits and I walked away fresh and inspired,” says Abby Cameron. “I finally found my local tribe. The venue was amazing, and the touches were well thought out. I enjoyed all of it. It still feels like a dream. Looking forward to the next one!”
“The summit was amazing!” says Amanda West. “I’ve chaired several professional conferences for my day job, so I know how much blood, sweat and tears go into these types of events. I loved every minute!”
Photos: Natalie Barrett