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WHO: Rosa Thurnher and Regina Weir
WHERE: The Factory Girls
Today’s discussion guide:
-We offer designer workspace and manufacturing resources for high end Fashion Designers and we are the first Atlanta Fashion Incubator
-Creating a Fashion community and growing a manufacturing economy within Atlanta and the Southeast is a mission of Factory Girls.
-We have recently launched our sewing classes to educate and engage our community
-We are running our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for additional machines, pattern digitizing software, as well as some capital to hire additional staff.
-We stand behind the movement of Slow Fashion and our goal is to make it possible for Southeastern designers to remain in the Southeast when previously they have had to work out of New York, LA or overseas to grow and sustain their business
Rosa Thurnher, co-founder of Factory Girls, is an Atlanta native who studied Fine Art at the University of Georgia. After college she worked for 10 years in retail sales and area management, fashion merchandising and visuals for J. Crew and Armani Exchange. Her innate entrepreneurial spirit led her to a freelance fashion styling career and brand consulting. She is a lifelong collector of vintage fashion and owner of Recollection Vintage, a line that conveys current trends through vintage pieces. In 2009, Rosa started pop-up marketplace Bodega to promote Atlanta-based brands and designers. A long-time advocate for local talent, she co-founded Factory Girls with partner Regina Weir in 2013 to provide designers with the necessary resources needed for a successful career in fashion.
Regina Weir, co-founder of Factory Girls, was born in the south and raised in Atlanta, GA. She moved to New York at 17 to attend New York University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning. After graduation, Weir worked as a modeling agent and talent scout for a successful, New York agency. There she managed models such as Nikki Taylor, Leticia Casta, Audrey Quock, and Martha Hunt for seven years while simultaneously styling editorial stories for magazines such as Esquire and Zink. Weir returned to Atlanta in 2008 and currently runs two successful businesses, one of which is a manufacturing factory making industrial uniforms. She co-founded Factory girls with partner Rosa Thurnher in 2013 to support local emerging design talent in Atlanta and the South-East.
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