DENVER — The fashion community here has decided there must be power in a united front.

This story first appeared in the June 5, 2002 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

The New American Fashion Association for independent designers (NAFA) has announced it is planning a Denver Fashion Week for fall 2003. The group is now considering piggy-backing fashion week to the Denver Market, Aug. 2-5.

Travis Suiter, fashion editor of Diverse City, a local magazine, and Shannon Minger, a London-trained designer selling her line of men’s and women’s clothing, Pooklondon, in the Denver area, teamed up last September to found NAFA. Independent fashion designers, fabric manufacturers and retailers belong to the new 30-member group.

NAFA offers area designers the opportunity to network, market and attend seminars on fashion show production. Most NAFA members are unknown outside Colorado. Annual memberships range from $50 for students to $500 for patrons.

Meanwhile, NAFA is staging the first open-to-the-public City Style Market, featuring about a dozen local designers and retailers. The event takes place June 22 and July 20 at downtown’s Rendezvu Room.”

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