JB’s – Courtyard Couture

Fashion Week has come to J Banks!  

Hosting events in our beautiful facility is one of the things J Banks does best… and we were delighted to open our doors to the next generation of aspiring designers for Fashion Camp. 

Under the instruction of the very talented Sandra Fitzsimmons, the girls learned how to develop a concept, gather inspiration, sketch their looks, shop for materials, and sew their creations.

The girls learned that resources are everywhere! They even re-purposed old t-shirts into fabulous frocks.

As they developed their looks, they were careful to “edit” so that one element did not overwhelm the whole garment. Sometimes the editing process would lead to new inspiration and totally new looks!

Another big lesson of fashion camp: No collection is complete without brand development and a fashion show!  The girls developed collection names and custom tags for each item. Next they picked a venue location and planned the day down to the last detail (furniture, music, sound system, etc). Finally they produced announcement fliers and personalized invitations for family and friends to the big event.

J Banks hosted the event in the courtyard in front of our beautiful LEED certified building.

As the crowds of family, friends, and curious visitors took their seats for the show, the girls put the finishing touches on their looks.

When the big moment arrived everyone was so surprised by how much the girls had accomplished and learned in one short week.


Are we looking at the next design stars?  Our vote is – YES!

Fabulous work ladies!  Creative… Bold… Professional… and Beautiful!  We are already looking forward to next year!



Filed under J Banks Design Group

2 responses to “JB’s – Courtyard Couture

  1. Sandra FitzSimmons


    What a beautiful job of recording this wonderful and creative week at J Banks.
    Thank you, ladies, most impressive.

  2. Anonymous

    Overwhelmed! this was far more than a week’s sewing club. It incorporated all the detailed steps from beginning to end; organized creativity, diligent execution, and event planning – these are all things I want my girls to learn. Will there be another camp next year??

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