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Fashion Lab NY | The Art and Science of Fashion

A new skill-based learning studio designed around fashion is opening on Hertel. This is not your everyday fashion enterprise, rather this is one that is based on teaching the Art and Science of Fashion Fundamentals – design, sewing and branding. From year round fashion camps to labs and workshops, Fashion Lab NY (FLNY) will offer people of all ages the ability to learn the ins and outs of the Art and Science of the Fashion Design Process. These art/artisan skills include sewing, sketching (illustration), trend spotting, and creating fashion brands.

“The most important aspect of FLNY is to inspire uniqueness while encouraging students to create their own sense of style through the process of invention and interpretation.” – Fashion Lab NY

Arlene Kay is the founder and owner of FLNY. Kay is a 30 year veteran in the fashion industry. She attended Philadelphia University where she received a B.S. degree in Textile Design. Kay is versed in the fields of product development and merchandising for global brands including New Era Cap, Life is good, Timberland and OshKosh B’Gosh.

Now she is setting out to pass along her knowledge and experience to others, who are looking to get a foothold in the industry. Kay also hopes that she can help the casual fashionistas who simply want to have fun playing around with materials, designs, and sewing machines.

“We offer private lessons, birthday parties, girl scout events, and adult sip and sews,” says Kay, who is moving the FLNY business from Clarence to North Buffalo. “We currently partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo, Valley Community Association, and Clarence Center Elementary School, among others. Girl Scouts of WNY is also an important partnership for us where we offer several Specialty Workshops and Badge Workshops. We will be moving to 1205 Hertel Avenue in November – we’re super excited about the move and the new location. It will be a storefront studio with classes and retail. The programs offered at FLNY provide the environment and resources for students to express their own unique style with confidence, while having fun.”

Some things to look forward to:

  • The official opening day of FLNY is Monday, November 12
  • FLNY will host an “all new” One-Day Unicorn Fashion Camp on Veteran’s Day
  • Fall 2 Programs and Holiday Workshops begin mid-November
  • There will be an Open House for the new space on Friday, December, 7 to coincide with Hertel Holidays

Hertel is heating up when it comes to the world of fashion. This new fashion outfit is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to celebrating the art of fashion in Buffalo. Be sure to check out FLNY on Facebook and Instagram to learn about all of the inspirational classes and events on the horizon.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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