We connected with one of the most established long-serving fashion and beauty organizations in South Florida, Fashion Group International (FGI), and their Regional Director, Tammy Apostol, who works with many of our local industry’s rising stars and leaders.
As a designer and fashion design instructor at Miami International University of Art & Design, she wears many “fashionable” hats. With us, Apostol shares her vision for Miami, FGI and what lies beyond.
What is your vision for the South Florida fashion industry?
Many sectors of the Miami’s economy are currently booming, the fashion industry being one of them. We have many designers that always manufactured locally and within the last few years, we have seen a large influx of new entrepreneurs as well as established companies transferring to South Florida. All the conditions are set for the local fashion industry to continue to flourish and for Miami to become one of the world’s top fashion cities.
How has FGI-SF enhanced the fashion landscape in South Florida?
FGI-SF as the preeminent organization for fashion and beauty professionals has been instrumental in bringing the South Florida fashion community closer together. We highlight, recognize, and support local talent through events and social media, we host panel discussions where we share up-to-date industry information, and we provide a network that helps our members find local resources from fabrics to financing. In addition, we are closely engaged with the fashion departments of the local universities and colleges, the regional chambers and business development organizations, as well as with organizations such as the Miami Fashion Film Festival, DG Expo Show and the local Fashion Weeks.
How has your position as Regional Director of FGI-SF inspired your work at Tammy Apostol Couture or vice-versa?
This position has given me the opportunity to meet amazing talent and professionals that make Miami such an exciting and vibrant city. I’m fortunate to be a part and a witness of the fashion explosion that is currently taking place in our region. Consequently, it influences my work by translating the greatness of this city into my creations and pushes me to be a better designer and business woman. It also allowed me to vastly enhance my network and make some very special friends.
What is the number one barrier to entry into the fashion industry?
There is immense talent in this field and with the influx of many designers from South- and Central-America and the Caribbean, Miami has a special advantage. However, capital funding is usually the number one barrier to a successful fashion business, not just for startups but also to sustain it throughout the different growth stages. This usually goes hand in hand with the importance for a creative designer to team up with an experienced business manager.
What challenges do you face at the helm of Tammy Apostol Couture?
Like many fellow designers running their companies, finding a good balance between the creative and the business side is always challenging. Another constant issue is to find and train professionals that excel at pattern making, cutting and sewing, especially for the high quality garments we design and the demanding clients we have the pleasure to serve.
What next for Fashion Group International - South Florida?
We want to continue the momentum the region has gained among their members and within the industry by supporting and highlighting local talent and businesses with events that provide a platform for networking and sharing information that further our member’s careers and companies’ success. We would also like to produce an affair for the Miami fashion society similar to the “Night Of Stars” event that or FGI New York headquarter so magnificently organizes.