Laura Bavlnka in one of the hand-dyed shirts she makes at Bavlnka Brand.Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:10 pmLaura Bavlnka in one of the hand-dyed shirts she makes at Bavlnka Brand.Credit: Lauren ConantIt’s a patient process, shibori. That is, it takes twisting and wrapping and scrunching a large piece of silk onto a wine bottle. Then dyeing and shading and drying. Finally, unraveling it to see the result – each time unique and unpredictable.The Japanese process is a medium of choice for Milwaukee apparel designer Laura Bavlnka, founder of Bavlnka Brand. She also embroiders and paints fabrics, all of which become shirts and scarves, accessories and home goods.Bavlnka, a Mount Mary fashion program graduate who established the company in 2017 after a stint at Kohl’s Corp., plans to open a studio and showroom in Milwaukee’s west side Uptown neighborhood in January. She’s among a small community of fashion designers in the Milwaukee area that have recently started to become more organized and connected. Bavlnka launched her company at the fourth edition of Milwaukee Fashion Week, a fall fashion show program aimed at giving local designers a platform to reach a wider audience.“I think (Fashion Week) definitely stirred a lot of interest,” Bavlnka said. “Before then, there were a lot of people that were kind of doing it but not really having the courage to put it out there.”She’s also a member of the Milwaukee Fashion Initiative, a group aimed at connecting and providing resources to designers and fashion companies in southeastern Wisconsin.Foley & Lardner attorneys Cynthia Rigsby and Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes started the Milwaukee Fashion Initiative last year.“I’m still really new in this business and still trying to find my footing,” said Bavlnka, who has found MFI to be helpful. “We meet once a month and in past meetings, they’ve brought in people that already have established businesses or they brought in WWBIC one day, different people that can help us start our business, sustain our business, learn how to grow.”Created by Foley & Lardner LLP partners Cynthia Rigsby and Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes last year, the hope is the MFI can help the Milwaukee fashion industry grow and create jobs – and potentially generate business for the firm down the road.Pirozzolo-Mellowes got the idea after attending Project ReUNITED last year, a United Way benefit reuniting the cast of season 15 of “Project Runway” in Milwaukee with the help of Milwaukee fashion designer Linda Marcus, who appeared on the season.They did some research, checked with the Mount Mary University fashion program and downtown fashion makerspace Milwaukee Fashion Incubator, and invited a group of designers to join the MFI for its first meeting in February.“As IP attorneys and as a law firm, we’ve been able to do an IP 101, use of copyrights and trademarks, and we’ve done business 101 for some people who are starting up,” Pirozzolo-Mellowes said. “We have been trying to provide some education and resources and making connections, and we also have been working towards networking with each other.”A design by Jordan Marie Collection of the Milwaukee area is modeled on the runway at Milwaukee Fashion Week 2018.Credit: Dave HathawayBy September, MFI was hosting a showcase with 16 pop-up shops. While it doesn’t have a formal membership model, the MFI email list of about 150 companies includes established Milwaukee fashion subscription retailer Wantable Inc., early-stage jeans manufacturer Milwaukee Denim Co., and well-known boutiques like Gigi of Mequon and Lela Boutique.The hope is the group can raise awareness of the local fashion industry and encourage other businesses to support it, Rigsby said.“We think a thriving fashion industry in Milwaukee can be part of having a cool city that brings talent and helps the city in ways that go far beyond the fashion industry,” she said.Deborah Reimer, an event planner who started Milwaukee Fashion Week in 2015, has similar goals.“We want to make it so that we can bring designers, we can get stylists and get our boutiques and retailers all together,” she said. “It’s community over competition. We’re all part of something and we should be able to show what they’ve got.”The three-day Milwaukee Fashion Week includes a fashion show on each day, each attended by between 250 and 350 people, she said. Reimer estimates there are more than 60 fashion designers in the Milwaukee area.In 2019, Milwaukee Fashion Week plans to convert from an LLC into a nonprofit, she said. And she hopes to host the event biannually. The fall show will be held from Oct. 3-5, 2019. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
TODAY was a one training session day for the lads and this gave them a chance to take in the city and, on the way home, a night of Go Karting which has become one of the highlights on tour, writes Mike Rush.I first must inform all that Mr Martyn, for the second trip in a row, was disqualified by the FIA for overtaking in the no overtaking zone.It was at this moment that my own concentration went and was the start of my own decline.It left the oldest racer Mr Derek Traynor, the Head Coach, to take the crown as the 2013 championFrom the players we had some good performances; Kieron Herbert who had the quickest time of all the players, with Danny Abram and Joe Ryan not far behind.The entertainer of the night was an easy decision with James Nicholl taking the award.He hit everything that moved and spent more time on the grass than the tarmac.He was pulled in for a talking to but as he left he claimed Dave Eccleston had told him he was ok …(No one should very listen to Dave Eccleston)The overall result from a great night out is as follows:Winner – Derek Traynor 2nd – Kieran Herbert 3rd – Danny Abram 4th – Tommy Martyn – Later disqualifiedOverall entertainment winner – James NichollMost disappointing performance – Mr N KilshawCOYSTo find out the latest on the Academy Tour click here.
Uber Moto-taxi demand service to launch in Uganda. Set to face competition with pioneer SafeBoda. (Photo Courtesy: Bohechio Digital) Advertisement Moto-Taxis are now innovative solutions in frontier markets and are becoming the most common method of getting around in most/many areas around our towns. They’re fast, efficient as well as very deadly.Famously known safe moto-taxi in Uganda; SafeBoda launched in 2014, has successfully leveraged their competitive advantages drivers operating under a known, quality brand and the consumer’s ability to electronically hail a safeboda. They’re strongly regulated; drivers wear helmets, reflective vests, follow the traffic laws, and carry an extra one for their passenger who also does wear a helmet.Their main aim is for its drivers to offer a safer experience to their passengers. Drive in Uganda; a premier community for driving enthusiasts in Uganda – in its research stated that Safeboda is the second safest private transport means in Kampala with Uber taking the first place. Out of the 411 votes, 33% was voted for Safeboda while 55% went to Uber. – Advertisement – Having dominated the moto-taxi for now 4 years, they’re [SafeBoda] about to face their strongest competition, as it has been reportedly said that Uber Uganda is set to launch a new service dubbed; UberBoda.According to reports, there was no comment/mention of when the service will be launched.UberMoto launch in Bangkok. (Photo Credit: Uber)According to Guru8, there’s an authoritatively report that the riding-firm is working on the option and are already testing it with a few select beta users.The service has already been launched in Bangkok, Thailand and India that have a wide usage of Motorbikes, and has been dubbed as UberMoto.Let’s wait and see how UberBoda performance will be like. Will it be a success like its own cab-riding option considering its ranked as the safest way to get around our towns.