Kansas City’s Fashion Leaders
Hear Rightfully Sewn founder and president, Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer, speak about how her organization is working to bring opportunity and jobs to our community through the business of fashion. Three of the five Rightfully Sewn resident fashion designers, Kate Nickols, Ami Beck, and Sarah Nelsen, will also speak about their design influences, creative processes, and business practices.
Rightfully Sewn provides seamstress training for at-risk women so they can thrive in a specialized workforce that will reestablish Kansas City as an epicenter of garment manufacturing, while at the same time, propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for high-quality, American-produced garments.
$10 in advance | $15 at door
Box lunch included in ticket price.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Registration and Lunch
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM: Presentation
Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer is a nonprofit specialist, a budding Garment District historian, and a champion of Kansas City’s fashion community. She founded Rightfully Sewn
to lay a path for a contemporary version of Kansas City’s 20th
-century golden era of garment design and manufacturing. Rightfully Sewn offers seamstress training and job placement for at-risk women and residency opportunities for local fashion designers. Jennifer’s career has wound through Kansas City’s most established nonprofits, including Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, The H & R Block Foundation, and the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation. Her specialties are strategic planning, program management, fundraising, relationship building, and personnel management.
Kate Nickols is a designer and founder of Katie Lee Custom
, crafting luxurious custom bridal gowns and special occasion dresses known for their modern elegance. Gowns are made from fine fabrics with couture construction techniques and impeccable finishing details. Customers are taken through a process of sketching, fabric selection, a sample dress, and fittings to create a personal, sophisticated dress. Self-proclaimed perfectionist, Kate wants to make your dream dress a reality while giving you a memorable experience, paying attention to every detail.
Ami Beck was born and raised in the Kansas City area. After earning her degree in psychology and spending a few years in the real world, she returned to school to study her true passion, fashion design, at Stephens College. Shortly after graduation in December 2013, Ami bought an industrial-grade sewing machine and several scrap hides, and began designing her very first pieces for DOLYN. The name is inspired by one of her favorite names, Gwendolyn. Having a great enthusiasm for all bags, Ami hopes to create statement pieces for both men and women that will be relevant for decades.
With a background in graphic design and fashion, Sarah Nelsen
is passionate about beautiful, wearable design. Sarah's aesthetic is defined by striking silhouettes in innovative textiles and sophisticated prints. Her womenswear collection is thoughtfully made – with an emphasis on high quality, sustainable garments. Sarah splits her time between her collection, creating custom pieces for clients and working with the design team at Asiatica | Kansas City
. Located in Westwood, Kansas, Asiatica is a luxury atelier, making one-of-a-kind garments in-house primarily from vintage Japanese kimono fabrics.
(photo credit: Samantha Levi Photography)