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Downtown Fashion Walk Makes Its Entrance

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at 05:14PM
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A model walks the runway during Skin.Graft's show in the spring 2009 BOXeight Fashion Week. Skin.Graft is one of the boutiques participating in Fashion Walk.

The first Downtown Fashion Walk is coming together just as many Downtown events do: full of promise, a little disorganized and very grassroots.

The event, which makes its first go on Thursday, August 20, brings the Historic Core's growing number of fashion-oriented retail together with pop-up stores placed into empty spaces.

Modeled after the highly successful Downtown Art Walk, the Fashion Walk is the brainchild of DLANC VP Brady Westwater. While an unlikely fashion figure, Westwater helped found BOXeight's Downtown fashion week in 2007 and has been heavily involved in efforts to attract retailers to the neighborhood.

The Fashion Walk website lists the shops and spaces participating, organized by street inside the bounds of Broadway to Main, 4th to 7th. A map is promised, though it hadn't yet appeared online as of story time.

So what should Downtowners expect to find tomorrow? Not Art Walk, at least where the crowds are concerned. These sort of events take time to develop.

What they should find, though, is that there are a number of interesting pieces dropping into place around the Historic Core. Given a little time, events like Fashion Walk might just be the right glue to turn them into something.

Update (Thursday, 11am): A Fashion Walk PDF map was posted late Wednesday evening.


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