CHICAGO FASHION: My Two (and a half) Weeks Notice

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: 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: 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 theĀ 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.