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Three new speakers for Nashville fashion event

Mar '12
Organizers of Lexus Nashville Fashion Week and the Nashville-based fashion company Imogene + Willie announce three new speakers for the 2012 Nashville Fashion Week Industry Panels, to take place Thursday, March 22, 2012 in the auditorium at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Each of the three panels will be 90 minutes and will begin with a moderated discussion followed by an audience-driven Q&A session.

Three new speakers:
- Mike Wolfe, Star of History Channel's “American Picker”
- Julie Haley of Elk Brand Manufacturing Company
- Rachel Halvorson, Interior Designer and Blogger

All three panels will be held at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Additions to “What Makes a Brand?,” 1–2:30 p.m.:

Mike Wolfe is the creator and star of the History Channel's “American Pickers.” The TV show was the biggest reality show launch of 2012 and, now in its fourth season, weekly pulls in over five million viewers. Wolfe is one of those rare entrepreneurs who able to turn a childhood obsession—in his case, combing through junk, which he's loved to do since the age of four—into a lucrative business.

Rachel Halvorson is an interior designer and owner of Rachel Halvorson Designs, the Nashville design firm she opened in early 2009. She's a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and holds a B.A. in interior design from the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Wolfe and Halvorson join panelists Rose Apodaca, a Los Angeles-based writer, text and exhibition editor, consultant, and half of A+R, a source for modern design from around the world, and Susie Crippen, co-founder of J Brand. The panel “What Makes a Brand?” will be moderated by Dr. Dave Gilbert, a specialist in product design and development, retail anthropology, and IP strategy management—and founder of salttt, a product development agency and consultancy.

Addition to “Producing the Goods” 10–11:30 a.m.:

Julie Haley is the Vice President of Sales at Elk Brand Manufacturing Company, where she has worked for the last 20 years. Elk Brand, based in Nashville, was established in 1911 and is known for its denim manufacturing. The company offers garment development and design, production, quality control and distribution from its facilities in southern Kentucky, allowing for one stop service to customers.

Haley joins panelists Otis James, a designer and creator of handcrafted clothing and accessories; Natalie “Alabama” Chanin, owner and designer of the American couture line Alabama Chanin, made by artisans located near Chanin's home in Florence, Ala.; and Barry Wishnow, an industry leader in licensing and consulting worldwide and developer of BASH, a new bespoke brand for men and women.

A third afternoon panel, “Southern Fashion Now,” is at 3–4 p.m. and features Dana Thomas, Paris-based fashion journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller, Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster: Phillip Nappi, co-owner/founder of co-founder of the Nashville-based Italian handmade boot and shoe company, Peter Nappi; and Jamie Frazier and Hannah Jones, Nashville fashion designers behind Jamie and the Jones. The panel will be moderated by Libby Callaway, a widely published freelance fashion and travel writer, and media director of Imogene + Willie.

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