If you listen to OPB radio on Fridays at 7 pm, you may be familiar with the Friday Forums that are broadcast from an organization in Portland called PDX City Club. If you prefer to do other activities on Friday nights (totally legit) and have no idea what I'm talking about, PDX City Club is an organization that was formed in 1916 by a group of people who were eager for positive change in the city. They convened to discuss and make a difference in areas including politics, business, and social issues, and to give a voice to those who had none. (More about the history click here.)

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  • PDX City Club

The Forum on Friday, May 2nd is of special interest for those who strive for more recognition as a design house or brand. There are many wonderful fashion designers in Portland, but little support and resources to become established. Getting some insight on how to solve that problem is what we hope can be accomplished with a panel of fashion experts, including Pendleton President Mort Bishop, Tito Chowdury (who heads the FashioNXT shows), Sharon Blair of Portland Sewing, and David Howett of The Meriwether Group, who will discuss investment and funding. Seth Friedermann from ManufactureNY may be the most informative on ways Portland can up its game, drawing on the ways New York nurtures young and emerging designers. The panel will be moderated by Sheila Hamilton of KINK fm who'll be assisted by Lynn Frank, a consultant for fashion businesses.

The event will take place at The Sentinel Hotel Downtown from 11:45 am until 1 pm Friday, May 2. If you're not a member it will cost you $15 to get in the door, and if you'd like to get in on the lunch action and reserve yourself a seat at a table, your ticket will be $30. All the information for reservations, tickets, and membership can be found here.

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  • The Sentinel