Its been a while since you've heard from us here at Atelier Kate, sorry about that but I promise that it's for good reason.
As most of you know our atelier has dipped it's toe in Africa as we now manufacture our clothing with Moroccan artisans. A partnership that we are happy to have made. Falling in love with Morocco was the easy part and the more that I have spent time here the more I have found that there is an incredible amount of talent across the continent. Beyond the Moroccan Culture being a feast for the senses, the development of fashion here by some very talented young and established designers got me thinking. As I sat with my team to plan a "Summer's End" event for our brand as well as some others, in my mind, a modest event at a club where Atelier Kate and some other designers could share their collections to a new audience and have a party, we love a good party! Well, one of my girls said "why don't you do a fashion week?' to which I responded "because I'm not crazy". Pause, throughout my career I have constantly said "I am not doing that" for example 19 year old me at the Academy of Art "I never want to be a designer, I just want to be a buyer and work for Bloomingdale's or Macy's" and obviously that went out the window by my 25th birthday rolled around and in a pub Atelier Kate was born! So as to not break with the tradition, I sat with the idea and said to the many people in my head "Ok, so what does that look like? Can you do it? You have amazing people in your life, this could work... holy shit, I guess this is happening"
Sooo! Why haven't you heard from us in a while? Well because we have been busy planning Casablanca Fashion Week!! The atelier has been covered in all the fun fashion stuff, we have been meeting with incredible talent and we are so excited to share that we have create a 4 day event that will really help creators of all types of art to build their network, learn from the best and display their talents.
4 days of Moroccan culture, African wax prints in modern cuts and colors, incredible works of art both on and off the runway, fashion talks about how to build your fashion business, the importance of branding and working locally, freak shows, Moroccan vibes, a kick ass DJ who also happens to be a part of my own personal girl squad. These four days will be filled with OMG's, food, drinks, art, and fashion that people haven't seen from this side of the world... yet. And I'm so so so proud to call it ours. My incredible team and I have been working our happy little butts off to produce this event in 2020 and we are so excited to share the journey with you. Come misbehave with us at ThisIsCFW.com
For all the behind the scenes fun follow Casbalanca Fashion Week on IG @ThisIsCFW or to see our inspiration for each event we are on Pinterest @ThisIs CFW. We will be sharing all our mischief along the way as well as some fun behind the scenes from everything we're working on here in the Atelier Kate!
P.s. Our incredible photos were produced in partnership with an amazing team of talented individuals and young models. Check out more of their work on IG, where else!