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Fashion designer launches fall collection in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids fashion designer Jessica Swagman has announced the launch of her fall collection.   

Like her spring 2014 collection, all the items in the five-piece fall collection have been handmade in Grand Rapids using local materials. And like the spring collection, they will be sold exclusively at JessicaSwagman.com.

Swagman is one of several designers that is part of a small but emerging fashion scene  "that is creating a community for fashion" in Grand Rapids. Swagman identifies programs in fashion design at Kendall College of Art and Design and GRCC as playing a role in the increased awareness of local opportunities and "connecting designers" together as being critical to the future of her trade.

Looking forward, Swagman says she is actively seeking out distribution beyond her website and has interest from boutiques in Chicago and Detroit, but for now her focus is on creating more garments for each collection. She is currently finishing work on the spring 2015 collection and will soon begin work on fall 2015 as well.

For more information about the Jessica Swagman Collection, please visit www.jessicaswagman.com.

Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Job News Editor
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