The feeling of being featured in an Exhibit!

July 29, 2015

Click Image above for Virtual Tour of the Exhibit

This came into my inbox!

Hi Stacy, 

Hope all is well!

I am emailing because this summer, our Design Gallery will be featuring work by select design studies alumni, current students, as well as work done by businesses who have supported us in different ways. The title of the exhibit is “Building Bridges: SoHE in the Real World.”

The students (well, all of us!) were intrigued by your story and how you’ve built your brand. They are interested in exhibiting items from your clothing line as well as creating a “story board” of sorts displaying your community outreach that you do through your brand (the students would create the story board). 

I am hoping that you will agree to let one of the students in the current “Exhibition Practices” course reach out to you regarding more specifics. As part of the course, students are responsible for the planning and execution of the exhibit so reaching out to you gives them a real-world experience as part of the process. The call or email from the student would be coming this week.  You would just need to let me know the best way for him or her to reach out to you.

Please let me know what you think. Thanks Stacy!


Kim Lombardi, BA ‘03
Associate Director of Advancement 
School of Human Ecology
University of Wisconsin - Madison

My Reaction
1. YES
2.  Sent an EMAIL to my Mom, Sis, Dodi, Husband, Inlaws and College BFFS and said look what came into my inbox ahhh
3. OMG
4. WOW
5. My Emoji sign

Inside the Exhibit! Photos c/o Anne Koepp (a student team member in the Design Gallery)

What the Exhibit is about?
The team specifically wanted to highlight two causes that myself and Boy Meets Girl advocate for: the Young Survival Coalition for Breast Cancer and Bully Bust. They also are showing via video seen above the #BMGliveoutloud campaign I created with Cassandra Bankson and can further be seen below. 

Features work by current students as well as alumni of the School of Human Ecology, these projects will focus on how they use the skills they acquired in the classroom to build bridges across communities.
Some featured student projects include visual posters and objects from the Design Studies department that showcase efforts in Tharaka, Kenya to empower local women, techniques that students enrolled in a Consumer Strategy and Evaluation course developed to entice their peers to visit the Design Gallery. Alumni featured in the exhibition include Stacy Igel, creator of the Boy Meets Girl fashion line, Zebradog, a local design firm, as well as Kim Sponem, CEO of Summit Credit Union, and Marjorie Engleman and Linda Brazill, both artists/ collectors.  

Where the Exhibit is...
The exhibition will be on display at the Ruth Davis Design Gallery from June 25 through August 7 with special hours: Thursday – Friday 11-3 or by email for appointment.

Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Dr 
Madison WI, 53706
Thank you Kim, the University of Wisconsin and all the students for putting this 
exhibit together and wanting to feature me and Boy Meets Girl.  This is a true honor!


July 21, 2015

what I wore to the In Living Pink Gala 

I originally bought this incredible dress designed by Self Portrait at my fav NYC store Bergdorf GoodMan but they are sold out so see where to find below.  Shoes vintage Dior.

Hair and Makeup by Valerie Star of Caravan Stylist Studio

other WIW posts here

BTS @ the #FreshDressed movie premiere

July 15, 2015

Watch the trailer and then runnn and go see it!
Available in select movie theaters and on itunes and vimeoondemand!

On June 18th, I was invited to go Behind the Seams to the advance screening of FRESH DRESSED at the SVA Theater in Chelsea. This movie really hit home for me as an brand owner and entrepreneur. If you’re a frequent Behind the Seams reader, you know that I am a HUGE lover of documentaries and of learning about different artists so this was truly right up my alley. 

Me at the screening c/o Getty Images

I wanted to cover the screening and documentary itself sooner, but it has been a crazy few weeks and I’ve only been able to work on the blog during the wee hours of the night. So here goes. The documentary is a fascinating, fun-to-watch chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-emblazoned jackets from the outer borrows to high fashion's catwalks and Middle America shopping malls (and to me, in “Money Making” Manhattan).  The important thing to realize is that this was an organic movement.  The establishment didn’t put marketing dollars behind it (and, indeed, barely noticed it until much later on).  The founders of brands like Cross Colours, Karl Kani and FUBU and Phat Farm and other brands from the era are self-made hustle-preneurs and marketing geniuses who really don’t get enough credit for what they collectively built.

I learned a number of things from the documentary:

  1. The customization “trend” has been around for ages – since the street gangs of the 70s, who sewed various insignias to their motorcycle jackets to call out their gang affiliation and, at the same time, to stand out individually. Second, 
  2. LL Cool J has serious balls.  Can you imagine, in this day and age, a celebrity filming a Gap Commercial donning another brand’s headwear?!?!?  And can you imagine that celebrity shouting out that brand in a commercial? Wow…
  3. Graffiti and street art influenced the vibrant colors used by brands like Cross Colours and the Shirt Kings, which LL Cool J made famous when he rocked their airbrushed LL b-boy tee.
  4. Channing Tatum was a Sean John model before he was Magic Mike (and he was a real “Magic Mike” before that)…

Customization before its time

The screening was a veritable who’s who of 80s and 90s hip hop royalty and urban fashion culture.  I was most excited to see Nas, who my husband quotes incessantly in inappropriate places (like my father’s Schul, my son’s Little Maestros music class, etc.).  Fresh Dressed features interviews with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Nas, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Damon Dash, André Leon Talley, A$AP Rocky, Marc Ecko, Big Daddy Kane, Kid ‘N Play and many more.  It is directed by Sacha Jenkins, produced by Mass Appeal and presented by my friends at Goldwyn Films and Style Haul.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Meet Miss Teen USA 2014 K. Lee Graham!

July 8, 2015
Introducing our July '15 Muse of the month, K. Lee!

I recently took K. Lee with me to the In Living Pink Gala to support the YSC.  It was so wonderful to have her there with me to learn about the cause and help spread the word to young women. K. Lee is a remarkable young lady who was most recently Miss Teen USA.  She is smart and talented and has dedicated her time to help others. I am excited to announce her as this month's Muse. 

1. Social Media
Instagram & Twitter --> K. Lee Graham @missteenusa 

2. Favorite Charities
Harlem Grown, they teach kids about nutrition and healthy habits. They also educate on sustainable lifestyle by bringing urban gardens to Harlem.
Also love Project Sunshine – it is all about being positive and spreading sunshine to those who need it most. They support children that have to live their days in hospitals.

3. Favorite Boy Meets Girl® and why
The Strong is Stylish t-shirt, promotes a great message and is empowering!

Who is your muse or the person who inspires you most? Could be anyone! If you would like to be considered for Boy Meets Girl®'s Muse of the Month see the rules here!

Been a BUSY BEE...

July 7, 2015

#Weare about...#connections, #collaborations, and our #stories. We might rub shoulders with you on the #subway or a #summer #concert. We might #dance with you in the rain. We might ask you for directions navigating our way through #NewYorkCity and scribble your answers on a #napkin. We might all have the same #coffee place where the man at the counter knows the order without even uttering a word - you’ve been coming to this #coffeeshop every morning for 2 years. Boy Meets Girl #®...what a limitless story that beginning can create. Maybe romance, a new #friend, and more often than not, a small moment shared that only lasts a few seconds, maybe minutes, but #inspires so many more. We create #fashion rooted from these connections. Fashion and #collaborations that stem from the interesting people we meet, the experiences we share, and the aspirations we strive for. A young contemporary brand for our girl... she’s #fun and #fearless, #wild yet #modest, #strong but #soft. She loves with her entire soul, and #lives #life with wonder, #courage, and #enthusiasm. Always on the go, her #style must be easy and #effortless, functional and #stunning. She doesn’t always have time for a morning bedroom fashion show, but she always has time for #style - enters... #BoyMeetsGirl. (Photo by @sophieelgort model @lamekafox )

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