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Compliments from friends in the fashion industry made her realize she’d found a hole in the market, so Lampe and her husband, Alex Robins, created Blluemade, a line of versatile linen garments produced here by fashion incubator Factory Girls.
A fashion trade show veteran (most recently as a showroom manager at AmericasMart), Ruiz hated watching designers leave the South for New York or L.A. So in April, she became a full-time partner at Factory Girls, a fashion incubator that helps emerging and established local brands by providing classes, marketing, materials sourcing, and even manufacturing out of a Chamblee factory.
In the world of Atlanta fashion, there are young designers fresh out of schools like SCAD, and there are shoppers. What there isn’t: infrastructure for designers to produce collections, meaning local talent takes off to the garment districts of New York and L.A.