Dapper Factory BringsÂ Grace and Glam to Downtown Las Vegas with Mayor Carolyn Goodman at Grand Opening Party
On May 8th, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Â graced the doorway of the newÂ Dapper Factory with a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate its grand opening, and also to announce that the property and its surrounding area will become a garment district for Las Vegas.
Derek Smoot, the owner and designer for Dapper Industries and founder of the Dapper Factory had a vision, notÂ only to create a hub that would bring awareness for local designers and provide for better quality control of the making of his products for Dapper Industries, but to alleviate the need to outsource manufacturing, keeping sales revenue in the state of Nevada.
â€œLas Vegas thrives on style, high fashion and class. I wanted to create a home for local fashion brands to showcase their talent and add some flare to the Las Vegas retail district. I couldnâ€™t feel more thrilled about the dynamic new clients weâ€™re servicing and our ever-present capacity for growth,â€ says Smoot.
The opening of the Dapper Factory is an extension of the vision of the Vegas Fashion Project and The Las Vegas Fashion Design Council, both acknowledged by the City of Las Vegas and endorsed by the Office of Mayor Goodman.Â The seven designers whose looks were featured in the fashion show and whose produce is available for purchase in the showroom of The Dapper Factory include:
- DavidÂ TupazÂ ofÂ David Tupaz CoutureÂ â€“ high-end womenâ€™s formal wear and ready-to-wear
- Derek SmootÂ ofÂ Dapper IndustriesÂ â€“ menâ€™s accessories
- Wanda MerrittÂ ofÂ Vegas CoutureÂ â€“ womenâ€™s sophisticated classics
- Katherine BrueningÂ Â ofÂ Kate SwimÂ â€“ womenâ€™s swim wear
- Alyssa HynesÂ Â ofÂ Â BlueFit ClothingÂ Â â€“ yoga & athletic apparel for women
- Kristen PockÂ ofÂ Rhinestones & Razor BladesÂ â€“ featuring hand-crafted jewelry
- LouisaÂ VoisineÂ ofÂ Louisa Voisine MillineryÂ â€“Â featuring Kentucky-derby-style hats
Of these designers, all are members of the Vegas Fashion Project, with David Tupaz, Derek Smoot, Wanda Merritt also founders in addition to Josh DismondÂ ofÂ Dismond BeatsÂ and Carl Magno, CEO ofÂ V-Asian TV.
The Dapper Factory is the first and only garment manufacturing company in Las Vegas offering custom tailoring, bridal wear, sportswear, formal wear, swimwear, uniforms, leather and â€œcut and sew.â€Â Opened by Derek Smoot and with generous guidance, mentorship and contributions from expertÂ celebrity hauteÂ womenâ€™sÂ couture designer David Tupaz, it features a showroom storefront for local designers to showcase and sell an exclusive selection of locally-made fashion. The Dapper Factory proudly hosts all Made-in-USA womenâ€™s and menâ€™s fashion wear and accessories as well as womenâ€™s athletic apparel and jewelry. They also manufacture bulk garments for casinos and private designers alike.
The event included a runway show with gorgeous models strutting the catwalk with looks from seven local designers, and a surprise finale performance from Freakshow, a dance troupe from San Diego. Â TCâ€™s world famous BBQ Rib Crib served up southern-style BBQ to party-goers with proceeds benefitting theÂ Fashion Hope Charity.
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