Current Designers In Residence
Liz Bahl | Molly Browning Knitwear
Liz Bahl is the creative force behind Molly Browning Knitwear. In 2012, Liz moved from her hometown of Lincoln, NE to study fashion design at The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago. She graduated and went on to win the Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence and the Saks Fifth Avenue Design Achievement Award. She is currently a designer in residence at the Chicago Fashion Incubator. In 2017, she will launch her new brand, Molly Browning Knitwear. A collection of contemporary knitwear accessories for women.
Anna Brown | ANNA BROWN
Anna Brown Studio was formed in 2012 to create small editions of inventively tailored clothing. The collection draws on the clean geometries of mid-century art and design and focuses on structured, architectural pieces that can form the pivot points of a modern woman's wardrobe.
Designer Anna Brown studied modern art and literature at Duke University, comparative literature at The University of Texas at Austin, and pattern making and clothing design at Columbia College Chicago.
Shruti Kirti | SHRUTI KIRTI
Hello, I’m Shruti Kirti, a contemporary womenswear clothing designer.
Being engrossed in fashion from a young age, I attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated from their fashion design department. During my time in college I discovered my enthusiasm and natural gravitation towards minimalist and architectural design. My native culture from Rajasthan, India, also plays an important form of inspiration in my collections. In addition to my BFA, I am a Designer in Residence at the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street.
My clothing line, SHRUTI KIRTI, blends my clean aesthetic with my ethnic roots into modern silhouettes with bold hues.
Each collection I design encompasses mix and match pieces that are timeless and effortless. The SHRUTI KIRTI line is designed for a social and independent woman who leads a busy lifestyle. Being a strong mother, wife, and professional leaves little time to get ready for her day. Having the desire to look good and feel comfortable is essential, which is why she shops SHRUTI KIRTI!
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Masha Titievsky | VARY FORM
Masha Titievsky is a current Designer-In-Residence at the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy's on State Street. She is developing her first full collection to be launched in 2016. Her professional experience includes retail management and buying roles and she hopes to bring her expertise to her new Chicago-based line. She holds a degree in Business Entrepreneurship & Fashion Design from Indiana University Bloomington and has taken art courses at Parsons The New School for Design and attended a semester abroad studying Fashion & Luxury Management at the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan.
VARY FORM is a new contemporary womenswear line by Masha Titievsky. The name VARY FORM is derived from the Vary Form Curve Rule, a contoured fashion pattern drafting tool that gets steeper gradually to allow hip curves, armholes, and necklines to be drawn smoothly. VARY FORM expresses change over time and the transformative nature of clothing on the mind.
Aesthetically, Masha is strongly influenced by natural phenomena such as plant growth patterns, wave movement, the structure of crystals, and the reflective surfaces of water and glass. Her designs transform these natural elements into futuristic staple pieces for the contemporary woman.
Conner Writt | CONNER WRITT
Conner Writt started as a Designer-in-Residence at the Chicago Fashion Incubator in March 2016. Graduating from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in May of 2016 with a major in Marketing and minor in Fashion Design, Conner designed a Converse Chuck Taylor in the summer of 2015 and helped the Pacers redesign their Usher and Ticket Taker uniforms in the summer of 2016.
Conner will be launching his first menswear line for the Spring/Summer 2017 season.
Gabrielle Zwick is a fashion designer originally from Quincy, IL. Gabrielle moved to Chicago in 2009 to attend The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. Since her graduation in 2012, she has worked for several Chicago designer's as well as New York based designer, Anna Sui. She worked as the head designer for prom and pageant wear company Rachel Allan before branching out to her own company, Gabrielle Zwick Designs. Spring/Summer 15 was the first full swimwear season for her brand. She hopes to grow her company through her two years with The Chicago Fashion Incubator. Gabrielle's swimwear is for the fashion forward traveler who wants to express herself artistically through fashion.