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Local fashion: Anastasia Chatzka designs Detroit

From page 4B
Chatzka is currently based in Chi-
cago but makes trips back to Detroit
on a regular basis. As far as she's
concerned, both cities are on near-
ly equal footing in the Midwestern
fashion market. Both fall victim to
the five-year lag time in traveling
trends, but they're also big cities
with populations that could poten-
tially support an industry. A Fash-
ion Incubator has been founded in
Detroit, which could be a valuable
asset to both cities' industries.
According to its website, the
Detroit Fashion Incubator's mis-
sion is "to inspire, promote, and
sustain a viable fashion community
in Metro Detroit... our organization
will help develop fashion entrepre-
neurs and our retail showroom will
provide the opportunity for emerg-
ing fashion talent to interact with
the marketplace."
Chatzka thinks part of the prob-
lem is transfer of information and a
lack of knowledge. Most people sim-
ply don't know where their clothes
are coming from or who is actually
producing the garments when they
buy from certain suppliers.
"Every person wears clothes,"
Chatzka said, "it's a matter of who
they're going to buy it from. Wal-
Mart? Or the local designers who
are producing it?"
In the future Chatzka hopes
to gain experience abroad in the
European fashion industry, but
ultimately wants to open up shop
for herself. In addition to her own
facilities and design firm, Chatzka
also puts a high priority on domes-
tic manufacturing, rather than
shipping her garments overseas.
She would like to see the American

fashion market evolve in the direc-
tion of Europe, where the general
public tends tobe far more fashion-
conscious and puts a higher premi-
um on personal style.
"European fashion is very loud,
very bold, very outgoing," Chatzka
said. "They're not afraid to wear
what we would call crazy things."
But Europe's sense of style isn't
the only thing missing in the Unit-
ed States. Garment construction
Better taste. Bet-
ter materials.
Better clothes.
and well-made fabrics are integral
in creating high-end fashion, but
as Chatzka sees it, quality has been
lost over the years at the expense
of turninga profit. Chatzka aims to
move away from highly commer-
cialized fashion and produce more
innovative, quality garments.
So what's her advice to aspiring
fashion designers?
"Learn how to sew!" Chatzka
said. "Sewing is very crucial in
knowing how to design. There
are too many kids who have never
touched a sewing machine before,
and it puts them at such a disad-
At the end of the day, Chatz-
ka believes it comes down to
how clothes make you feel when
you're wearing them. You can feel
"empowered" and "sexier," and
create "a whole different ambi-
ance" for yourself.
"When you put on something
that gives you a really good feeling
about yourself, you can enjoy your
day better - even enjoy your life


Designs by Anastasia Chatzka, Detroit's rising fashion star.

urtesy of Anastasia Chatzka


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