Cedi Johnson is a Detroit native who started his fashion career while working at GM in the 1980s is now the owner of atelier ‘House of Cedi.’ Johnson describes his success as a fulfillment of the American Dream. He travels overseas to find inspiration and luxurious textile for his clothing. The House of Cedi has dressed notable clients such as Anita Baker, Dwele and Vivica A. Fox.
Local designer Adriana Pavon was born in Mexico City, and is now based in Royal Oak. Pavon’s line won the Fashion In Detroit Local Designer Competition in 2010. Fashion was in the family for Pavon and at an early age she learned the basics of construction and producing clothings. She stresses the importance of quality, luxurious fabric to her clothing designs.
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Trisha Geftos, a Michigan native, began developing Geftaki Swimwear in 2003. It has taken off now attracting a widespread client base. You can see her designs on the likes of stylish young Hollywood like Paris Hilton. The swimwear line is available at a number of stores around Metro Detroit, including Poshh in Ann Arbor, Essence Clothing in West Bloomfield and Chaud Jeans in Royal Oak.
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Detroit native Julie Lindsay launched her career as a handbag designer in 2004, but made it big when she was featured in InStyle magazine. Her handbags are handcrafted with beautiful embellishments that set them apart. You can find styles from rocker clutches to oversized totes at Bridget & Stacie in Birmingham.
Local designer Bonnie Foley is a stockbrocker turned fashion designer with her clothing line, Christiane LaRue. Her collection features luxurious European fabrics that fit impeccably. Foley’s line is available at her showroom in Birmingham.
Joe Faris of Troy (you might remember his turn on Project Runway season 5) co-founded Fashion In Detroit, and created Motor City Denim Co, a line made entirely in his home state. The collection for men and women includes ready-to-wear clothing that is fashionable and edgy. The line will begin arriving in stores in early 2011.