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DGG The force behind Michigan Fashion industry

DGG The force behind Michigan Fashion industry

2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt +  black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton  bag
2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt + black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton bag

Last Friday, I got the chance to interview DGG (Detroit Garment Group) President Karen Buscemi. Whew! I’m still out of breath trying to keep up with her! She is one driven woman and just so happens to be gorgeous too! But she’s so much more than just a pretty face. In the past 4 years, she has also established a great platform for everybody who wants to gain fashion and business knowledge and skills in the Michigan area. She is even working on her dream of building a true garment district here! After talking with her for just a short time I know better to stand in her way when she has her mind set on something.

Interview with DGG (Detroit Garment Group) President Karen Buscemi
Interview with DGG (Detroit Garment Group) President Karen Buscemi

Karen worked at The Style Line magazine as an editor for many years. During this time period she realized that there are so many talented people in Michigan but they have to move out due to lacking a support system. That is why she started the Detroit Garment Group in 2012, a non profit organization with the lofty goal of trying to fill the need for business education for Michigan’s fashion community. I can’t imagine how hard that must be to get all the funding to start up this organization. But she did. The first program they created (in 2013) to address this need was FashionSpeak, a one-day conference of networking and education that focused on the business of fashion. How was it received? Apparently quite well, in fact it’s still around so you can find out for yourself if you’re interested. FashionSpeak 2016 is back on October 13. Click here for tickets info.

The second program (in 2014) is the Industrial Sewing Certificate Program at Henry Ford College, targeting the unemployed and underemployed to provide a skilled trade that pays a living wage. (Funding is available to those who qualify via Michigan Works.) For more info please click here.

DGG The force behind Michigan Fashion industry photo is from DGG website
DGG The force behind Michigan Fashion industry photo is from DGG website

The DGG Fashion incubator, the third program, launched at TechTown in Detroit (in 2015), providing the designers-in-residence workspace, access to industrial sewing machines and high-end software/technology, plus business mentorship and monthly business-education workshops. For more info please click here.

DGG Fashion incubator program photo is from DGG website
DGG Fashion incubator program photo is from DGG website
DGG Fashion incubator program photo is from DGG website
DGG Fashion incubator program photo is from DGG website

DGG also has its own blog called Style Factory. On every Thursday it will post all the fashion related events in and around the D. I check on their post regularly for all the insight, news and resources.

DGG The force behind Michigan Fashion industry
DGG The force behind Michigan Fashion industry

Can you see how it’s difficult trying to keep up with Karen? Did you notice the pattern above? Karen has lazer focus and the ability to deal with the big problems one by one. Every year she targeted one major obstacle to her plan and created a solution to it. I think it’s her kind of superpower. I don’t know about you, but for me, Karen and DGG are the unsung heroes for so many positive things happening in the local fashion industry. The glory days of Motown and the Motor City may be over but with women like Karen around who have a dream and the courage and ability to make it real, the future of the D looks bright and wide open. I know I won’t be getting in the way!

2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt +  black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton  bag
2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt + black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton bag
2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt +  black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton  bag
2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt + black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton bag
2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt +  black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton  bag
2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt + black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton bag
2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt +  black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton  bag
2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt + black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton bag
2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt +  black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton  bag
2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt + black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton bag
2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt +  black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton  bag
2016 spring casual fashion petite street style White jacket+ Express striped shirt + black faux leather leggings + Nine West burgundy booties + red Louis Vuitton bag

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Angelina Danielle interview

Angelina Danielle interview

When my blog entered into it’s second year, I started to realize that I have a stage to promote Michigan’s fashion and life style. And to you people on the coasts, yes, we do have lives here in the midwest. So to prove it I made my major goal this year to show off our local talent as much as I could.

Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe's jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie
Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe’s jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie

I first met Angelina Danielle way back in 2015. She was working in a fashion show in which she was one of the models. First impression? Beautiful and professional, and I didn’t know then and still can’t believe now that she is only 14 years old. 😉

Angelina Danielle interview by Grace Liang of Color and Grace
Angelina Danielle interview by Grace Liang of Color and Grace

Angelina Danielle has been modeling here in the Detroit Area for over a year, appearing in various runway and fundraising events as well as editorial shoots for some of Michigan’s local fashion designers. Named “Miss Dryden Michigan Teen USA” , Angelina Danielle competed in the state event held in Port Huron, Michigan this past September. She recently was selected to model in Chicago’s “Inspired” Fashion/Art Exhibition dubbed as one of the five events to catch at Chicago Fashion Week by StyleChicago.com.

Angelina Danielle interview by Grace Liang of Color and Grace
Angelina Danielle interview by Grace Liang of Color and Grace

After we met, we bumped into each other a few times at various local fashion events and I read about her on different local media as well. If I had to put a label on her, it would have to be Multi-talented. Angelina Danielle is not just a model, she is also an independent recording artist and actress. Her mom recalled, Angelina has been performing for friends and family since she could walk and talk. Always striving for excellence, Angelina Danielle is driven and professional. I had a short conversation with her after a recent show. And I have to agree she is such a pure joy to talk to and work with.

Angelina Danielle interview by Grace Liang of Color and Grace
Angelina Danielle interview by Grace Liang of Color and Grace

Playing piano, saxophone and flute just touches on her musical gifts. She also writes music and sings. At the age of 12, Angelina Danielle was nationally recognized by Indasoul Records and began recording her own music. She currently has a single “Just Me” out on iTunes. Her single “I Believe”, which she wrote and composed, is soon to be released as well. Below are the two songs I BELIEVE and I’M JUST ME. You need to see and hear them to believe how amazing these songs are. Angelina Danielle told me that she wrote “I Believe” because she was bullied at school. This is her outlet and fight song and she is an advocate of the Anti-Bullying Campaign. Working to end bullying is near and dear to her heart and she is determined to make a difference! And from what I’ve learned and seen first hand I sure wouldn’t want to be standing in her way! This is one determined young lady!

Angelina Danielle interview by Grace Liang of Color and Grace
Angelina Danielle interview by Grace Liang of Color and Grace

Angelina Danielle’s passion for acting recently landed her the principle role of Hope in the all Michigan based TV sitcom/film “Percipience” which is set to be released in 2016. Her single “I Believe” has also been chosen as the show’s theme song. Angelina Danielle has also appeared in local commercials. You see, when I said this 14 year old is multi talented I certainly wasn’t exaggerating.

Angelina Danielle interview by Grace Liang of Color and Grace
Angelina Danielle interview by Grace Liang of Color and Grace

So what does she like to do when she isn’t singing, acting, modeling or performing? Her hobbies include riding horses, playing soccer, anything music related, anime and her Chihuahua, Diva. You may think such a busy girl probably doesn’t have time or the ambition to study. WRONG! I have to say I have no idea how she does it but she is a straight A student and is also taking pre-college courses already.

Angelina Danielle interview by Grace Liang of Color and Grace
Angelina Danielle interview by Grace Liang of Color and Grace

Overall, hardworking, fun-loving and focused seem to be the adjectives that truly epitomize this young lady. Angelina Danielle has big dreams and even bigger talent. Seeing this amazing gem blossom can only inspire those watching. Living the dream is how she refers to her life right now, and we can’t wait to see what’s waiting for her on the horizon. If the past is any indication it’s going to be a wild ride!

Thank you so much for reading and have a great day!

Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe's jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie
Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe’s jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie
Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe's jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie
Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe’s jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie
Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe's jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie
Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe’s jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie
Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe's jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie
Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe’s jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie
Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe's jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie
Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe’s jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie
Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe's jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie
Petite fashion winter Street style olive wool hat + MP fashion grey coat + Joe’s jeans + Pink bag +Soft black bootie

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