The out pour of support on my job being eliminated due to the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture closure was overwhelming. Thank you to media outlets Racked.com, Refinery29.com, Chicago Reader and Crain’s Chicago Business for sharing the news with your readers. It has been a great pleasure to serve the local fashion community and I look forward to being one of many trailblazers making a name for Chicago within the global fashion industry.
This summer I will be joining the esteemed team of Melissa Skoog Dunagan (formerly of PRADA, Banana Republic, Marie Claire & VOGUE), Samantha Saifer Bergnard (formerly of Modern Luxury Media) and Lesley Estep Stump (formerly of ELLE) to consult with SKOOG Productions LLC until the arrival of my second daughter at the end of August. SKOOG Productions roster of clients includes grand opening event execution and public relations for L.K.Bennett and LOFT, an Ann Inc. brand, retail stores nationwide, in addition to national media relations for the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum. My role will include overseeing client services and business development, agency marketing and operations, as well as leading the luxury and fashion agency in growth into new lifestyle practice areas.
With my expertise of Chicago fashion and knowledge in the cultural landscape of the City, along with my over dozen years of media relations, strategic marketing and promotional event experience, the plan is to join the team as Executive Vice President by the end of 2012/early 2013.
Thank you again for everything and please be sure to keep in touch and follow me on Twitter.
To Whom It May Concern,
It is a great honor to continue the vision of Mayor Richard M. Daley for Chicago fashion, follow in the steps of Melissa Gamble who set the foundation for Chicago's Fashion Initiative, and work alongside the Mayor's Fashion Council to propel the City’s fashion community. As many of you know, nine of my over a dozen years of professional experience has been devoted to grow, support and work with Chicago's fashion designers and independent boutiques and today I am announcing that Friday, June 29, 2012 will be my last day as the Fashion Programming Director at the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture (COTC). If you have not heard, my office is closing (additional details here: http://bit.ly/oF5tTi) and I along with many talented colleagues and co-workers at COTC will be out of a job.
Chicago and its emerging fashion scene will continue to be a part of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Public programs like the Chicago Sidewalk Sale and high-profile events like Fashion Focus Chicago (dates to be announced later this summer) will be produced by DCASE in 2012 (more details and contact information provided here: http://bit.ly/Lg9PSv). The Mayor’s Fashion Council will also continue to advise the City of Chicago on the needs of local designers and independent boutiques and on future initiatives for Chicago's fashion community.
If you are interested in and have business development experience with the for-profit arts (fashion, culinary, design, etc.), I encourage you to apply with DCASE to be the Program Director-Creative Industries. Thank you for your support during my brief yet astounding tenure and for your continued interest in Chicago fashion.
All my best (always), Kiran
P.S. For those that are interested, I will be making another announcement at the end of June regarding my future plans.
"SUBVERSIVE, ELEGANT, UNDERSTATED, INDIVIDUAL, INTEGRITY"
— Chicago designers Shane Gabier and Chris Peters of Creatures of the Wind in VOGUE.