Monday, February 6, 2012

Dallas Fashion Week Designer Profile: Abi Ferrin

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is happening February 9-16 in New York City. Buyers, bloggers, stars and stylists from all over the world will be descending on the Big Apple this week to decide what we will be wearing this Fall.  I thought I would refocus your attention to the tremendous talent pool we Dallasites are lucky enough to have right in our own backyard!

Meet Abi Ferrin


Abi Ferrin

When Dallas native Abi Ferrin launched her fashion design business in 2006 with $500, a single sewing machine and a mission—to help women overcome the notion they must suffer in uncomfortable clothes in the name of fashion—she could only dream that her unique take on women's attire would become an international sensation.

Today, the spunky, yet down-to-earth Ferrin is living that dream, having grown her upstart design business into a global enterprise. With hundreds of boutiques across the U.S., Mexico and even Abu Dhabi now offering her pieces, as well as major distribution channels through Nordstrom and her own website at AbiFerrin.com, Ferrin's company has posted nearly 400 percent net revenue growth in the past year alone (WOW!) and dressed numerous high-profile celebrity clients with her chic Made in the U.S.A. pieces that go from desk to dinner with a quick twist or smart accessories.

Abi Ferrin Fall 2011 Collection

"I'm living proof that, despite all the economic gloom and doom that dominates the news these days, the American dream is still very much alive and well—it just takes dedication, hard work and discipline," Ferrin said. "I've also been extremely fortunate to surround myself with a team that shares my vision and drive, and is willing to work really hard with me. We're all in this together and everyone participates in the creative process. No one skates by here—everyone rolls up their sleeves and works really hard."

With her new Spring line recently unveiled at Coterie in New York and available now, Ferrin's unique, dimensional motif has evolved to include seasonally bright colors in her signature style that integrates well into all areas of today's on-the-go lifestyle—from car pool to board room.

For more information about Abi Ferrin Designs and to check out her new Spring line, visit www.abiferrin.com or visit her South Side on Lamar showroom by appointment.  Follow Abi on Twitter or become a Fan on Facebook.

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