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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Toni Payne Opens Retail Store in Hollywood +Fashion Jobs and More Events!

Toni Payne Cosmetics owned and operated by the very driven young Nigerian entrepreneur Toni Payne, opens a retail store in Hollywood on October 3rd, 2007 so mark your calendars! Ladybrille is one of the media sponsors for the event and we will be there to support as well as give you all the scoop on the fun times at the opening!! For more details, click on the event flyer below.

Other Upcoming Events

  • African Fashion on Stage in Germany: "The work of Senegalese artist and fashion designer Oumou Sy will be featured September 22, 2007 at the Kulturbahnhof in the central German city of Kassel. Sy’s latest collections under the “Made in Africa” label will be on stage as well as a retrospective of her work including her royalty-inspired golden-laced robes. 150 people will take part in the show from Kassel."
  • Cari Borja Opens Retail Store in Berkeley: Cari Borja is a couture designer we love here at Ladybrille! She is having a grand opening for her store/studio in Berkeley. If you will be in the Bay Area you should check it out! "Cari Borja / clothesmaker retail store and studio now open thursdays and fridays 11am to 5pm and by appointment address: 2117 4th street, studio B between addison and allston way berkeley, ca 94710 510.981.0067. Grand Opening Party Saturday 29 September 2007 7-10pm. The retail front will include the following for sale at all times: women's new ready-to-wear and one of a kind pieces that will be ongoing depending what is made each week, classic ready to wear tops, bottoms, dresses and jackets, baby and toddler clothes, hats, cloth handbags, scarves. [S]he will also always have a sample box of clothing that will be discounted up to 70%.
  • Colleen Quen: A designer I have modeled for and who I cite as one of my favorite designers has her work featured on Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model Episode 3. The show airs on October 3, 2007, Wednesday at 8:00p.m, PST. Be sure to check on it and meet Colleen


  1. Lucire on the hunt for the Face of Air New Zealand Fashion Week: Sept. 21-22nd, 2007, That could be YOU! Everyone knows African women are HOT! So, click the link and get to gettin'!
  2. Ladybook: "Vatti, by Xavier Paris Studios is a new line of young women's fashion that fuses French and Asian tastes. We are beginning to expand in Africa, North America and the rest of the world are looking to become a popular vendor for stores that sell juniors and misses clothing. We are now hiring motivated individuals with the drive, communication skills, and sales personality who would be willing to go into shops and boutiques to introduce our line. Commission is 5% for every sale made.If you are interested and would like more information, please email It's a great opportunity to gain supplementary income and learn about fashion, business, and trade. [P]lease vist our website to browse the latest designs. The site will soon be translated into English."
  3. WWD: Hard Goods Designer: Boston, MA area company seeks freelance hard goods designer/industrial designer. Will be responsible for design and development of hard goods for sporting industry, including shoulder pads, knee pads, elbow pads, etc. Successful candidate will have 5+ years relevant work experience. Off-site work is possible, but some on-site required. Send an email to
  4. WWD: Senior Planner: Vancouver, British Columbia based retailer seeks Senior Planner. Responsible for retail planning functions for assigned category. Successful candidate will have 5+ years relevant work experience. Send an email to
  5. WWD: Buyer - Footwear: San Francisco Bay Area based footwear company seeks Buyer. Buyer is responsible for general merchandise selection, assortment planning, gross margin, sell thrus, and inventory management. Must have keen eye for trend and style, including knowledge of customer. Successful candidate will have 4+ years relevant work experience. Must have footwear experience. Send an email to
  6. WWD: Senior Technical Designer: San Francisco Bay Area based apparel company seeks Senior Technical Designer. This position is a freelance to full-time opportunity for the right candidate. Must have expert knowledge of garment construction and fit, creation of tech packs, conducting fit sessions, overseas factory communications, minimum of 5 years relevant technical design experience. Send an email to
    Check out the events, the jobs and see you at the top of the fashion ladder!!! Ciao and have a brilliant day!
********* Updated 9/21/07--more fashion events:
  • Sept. 26th: "Financing Options for Apparel Manufacturers,” presented by Dana Fried and the Renaissance Design Incubator455 Market St., sixth floor San Francisco6–8:30 p.m.Cost: See Web siteFor information:

  • Sept. 27: Macy’s 25th annual “Passport” gala and HIV/AIDS fund-raiser, with Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone and Dita Von Teese Barker Hangar Santa Monica, Calif.5:30 p.m. (cocktails); 7:30 (show seating); 8 p.m. (fashion show) Cost: $500 For information:

  • Sept. 27th: Sustainable Business Council panel discussion and fashion show Livingreen 10000 Culver Blvd.Culver City, Calif.7–10 p.m.Cost: $20 For information:

  • Sept. 27th: P.G.D. Style Luxury Clothing Collection launch party and fashion show, benefiting the Caring Voice Coalition charity and presented by Melissa Biggs Smashbox StudiosCulver City, Calif.7:30 p.m.Cost: $200 (all proceeds benefit the Caring Voice Coalition)For information: (818) 762-3911,Ext. 210, or


My 2 cents said...

I really applaud Toni Payne. it's good to see Young Nigerian women follow their dreams.

Lady A said...

Thanks! I sure will be on the look out.
Hope all is well you.

Yayemarie said...

good for her..that's wonderful:) said...

@Set--Toni is kicking butt and she serves as an inspiration to entrepreneurs like myself.
@lady a--Where have you been? All is well!

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