Commitment to Community

pho0Pic 1: Team Leigh’s on site at the Goei Center for the Dwelling Place Fashion Show. Back row l-r: Leslie Krumpschmid, Jacob Cochran, Lesley Goebel, Abi Devins Front row l-r: Deb Clark, Kelly Brown, Rebecca Wierda

pho1 pho2 Pic 2: Look at this beautiful aspiring model in a darling dress from Snapdragon Boutique…she’s a fashion girl! Pic 3: Michelle Hoexum wears this Ralph Lauren Black Label dress with ease.

pho3 Pic 4: Dr. Denise Logan….so glamorous!

pho4 Pic 5: Joan Secchia in RED Valentino.

pho5Pic 6: Amanda DeLong rocks out this great little sequin dress and leather jacket by Rachel Zoe.

Kate Spade event at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

photo2 Pic 6: Leigh’s fabulous creative director Patrick Plank introduced the Kendall student fashion show.

photo3Pic 7: This was a sold out event!

photo4 photo5Pic 8 & 9: What amazing designs these students created!

photo8Pic 10: Dionne Afihene and Layla Jones….so cool.

photo6Pic 11: Getting ready for the guest speaker from Kate Spade!

photo7Pic 12: Our Kate Spade display at the event compliments of our talented Patrick!

Wow, what a busy week it was at Leigh’s. You are so supportive of our store and we appreciate that with the many choices you have for shopping that you choose to shop locally at Leigh’s. In return, we have always made a commitment to give back to our community. Wednesday evening we had two wonderful events we were involved with.

First, we partnered with Fitzgerald’s men store and Snapdragon children’s boutique for The Dwelling Place “Where Fashion Meets Art” fashion show held at the Goei Center. This event raises money for two of Dwelling Place’s housing communities: Liz’s House and Bridge Street Place. This housing is made available to women and children in need. We enjoyed working with our guest models (leaders in our community) to style them in the hottest fashion trends of the season. We are proud to assist in this event for such a worthwhile cause.

While all of that was happening at the Goei Center, part of our team was at GRAM. There we partnered with Kendall College of Art & Design to sponsor AIGA West Michigan’s Kate Spade event which featured speaker Katia Kuthie, Kate Spade’s Director of Creative Services. Hosted at the Grand Rapids Art Museum it was also the perfect venue for a fashion show that showcased Kendall Fashion Design student’s fashion creations from materials that had former uses and identities. Look at the pictures I’ve included in this post….how crazy talented are these students?! As you know we exclusively carry Kate Spade handbags, apparel and shoes in West Michigan, so it was so exciting to be a part of this event!

Thanks to my entire Leigh’s team for all their efforts in the making of these two very successful events. And thanks to The Dwelling Place and AIGA for giving us the opportunity to be a part of your special evening.

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Couture For A Cure 2012

Pic 1:  Behind the scences with our amazing Leigh’s team and our beautiful models.  Pic 2:  What a runway!  Pic 3:  Leigh’s team and runway event specialists: Katie Oostema, Lesley Goebel, Patrick Plank  Pic 4:  Daniel Vosovic with Katie Oostema  Pic 5:  Carol VanAndel with Brooke Hester, 5, of Chapman Ranch Texas.  Brooke Hester has stage four neuroblastoma, a form of cancer, and has made improvements working with the Van Andel Institute. Pic 6:  Anna DeBoer  Pic 7:  Aziza Hines Pic 8:  Ashley Cole  Pic 9:  Just like NYC!  Pic 10:  What a fabulous picture of our models in Daniel Vosovic’s spring ’13 collection. Pic 11:  Love the rich color that is on its way for spring from Daniel!

What an amazing evening! The seventh annual Couture for a Cure in which Leigh’s partners with the Van Andel Institute to raise funds for important cancer research and science education was another success! Our New York style runway presentation at VAI made our 400 guests (Yes, the largest attendance ever!) feel like they were at Fashion Week in Lincoln Center! Due to such a high demand for tickets last year, the runway was lengthened another 55 feet this year to accommodate more guests….and the event still sold out! We opened with showing the best of fall fashion that is currently in store at Leigh’s. The four different segments included: Bond Bombshells, Colorful Characters, Rock-Her and After Dark Divas. Then it was time to take a sneak peek at spring 2013. Leigh’s invited New York designer Daniel Vosovic (Project Runway All-Star Challenge winner) to showcase his spring collection on the runway; stunning color and silhouettes!  Thank you to everyone who attended!  And kudos to my team at Leigh’s; you are all so very talented and I appreciate each of your efforts in making this a fabulous event!

Fashion’s Night Out Fun!

Pic 1: Our amazing Leigh’s team and friends! L-R: Katie Oostema, Adrian Butler, Rachel Douglas, Rachel Williams, Carlye Sutner, Rebecca Wierda, Patrick Plank, Deb Clark, Stacey Seewald, Jacob Cochran Pic 2:  Our creative mastermind – Patrick Plank.  Pic 3: Lesley Goebel and Giovanna Reilly roll out the red carpet for our guests.  Pic 4:  An Italian Party just isn’t complete with out a red Ferrari – compliments of Eileen DeVries!  Pic 5: Ebony Hoskins, Eileen DeVries & Carolyn King Pic 6: Makeup artists Rachel Williams & Rachel Douglas show the latest in fall makeup.  Pic 7:  Photo opt time!  Pic 8: Rebecca Wierda and Adrian Butler….our amazing DJ extraordinaire. Wonder who will win that bout?  Pic 9:  These lovely ladies were in search of Rachel Zoe’s collection….yes, we have it available exclusively in West Michigan.  Pic 10: Great crowd!  Pic 11:  And the limo pulls up with a group of fashionistas! Pic 12:  Thanks Harold Zeigler Grandville for providing these fabulous Italian Fiats for the evening.  Pic 13:  Very stylish!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Fashion’s Night Out “Very Italian” Party yesterday! And, it was a PARTY! Our attendance was the highest it’s ever been with everyone stepping out for the evening in great fashion and shopping for new fall favorites. The energy in our store was contagious and our Leigh’s team had a blast!  We appreciate you including Leigh’s in your FNO plans!

Fashion’s Night Out “Very Italian” Party!

 Pic 1: Fabiana Filippi Pic 2: RED Valentino Pic 3: Valentino handbags Pic 4: Etro Pic 5: Armani Collezioni
What’s new at Leigh’s this fall? We fell in love with the Italians! Armani Collezioni and Fabiana Filippi have made a home at Leigh’s alongside our other Italian design house favorites: Etro, RED Valentino, Agnona, Blumarine and Valentino Garavani handbags.  To celebrate these stylish collections, we would like to invite you to our Fashion’s Night Out “Very Italian” Party on Thursday, September 6 from 6pm – 10pm. This glamour filled evening will celebrate Italian fashion, culture and, of course, the master, Giorgio Armani! So mark your calendars now. You won’t want to miss out on this fun-filled, fashionable night! Molto Bella!

Our Hot Party Was Hotter Than Ever!

Pic 1: Patrick Plank at our Hot Bar serving up cool refreshments and tempting fashion!  Pic 2: Bill Selman, our fabulous Tom Ford rep, is ready to assist with our customers’ eyewear selection.  Pic 3:  Our cosmetic team provided you the hottest makeup tips and trends for the summer.  Pic 4:   Adrian…..our favorite DJ!  Pic 5:  Havaianas gave us this smokin’ hot image for our party!  Pic 6:  Check out Patrick’s display….he is a man of details….see all the matchboxes!?!

Our Hot Party was sizzling last week!  Thank you for attending!  I received such a wonderful compliment from our Tom Ford rep who was in store hosting a Tom Ford eyewear trunk show.  He said that our store has an amazing vibe.  There is such great positive energy from our team and our customers and he thinks our store is one of the most beautiful stores he’s been to visit.  Wow!  That just gives me the warm (or should I say “HOT”) fuzzies!  We do have amazing customers!  If we haven’t told you lately, let me say it now,  “Thank you for shopping locally at Leigh’s!”   You are the reason we have so much fun coming to work everyday!  And, why we love bringing great fashion to West Michigan!  Hope you enjoyed our fiery Hot Party and as I posted on Facebook, if your husband asks you why you came home with so many new clothes, tell him the devil made you do it (see pic 1)!!

An Evening Of Fashion!

Pic 1: Leigh’s Laura Mercier Glam Station with Laura Mercier makeup artist Mandi Lehmann and Leigh’s makeup artist Davina Williams. Pic 2:  The Goei Center was the perfect venue!  Pic 3: Our gorgeous models.  Pic 4:  Fitzgerald’s Men Store had the guys looking fab!  Pic 5:  Leigh’s Creative Director and Visual Merchandising Manager Patrick Plank was our fashion show MC.  Pic 6: Scott Ehrhardt worked the crowd.  Pic 7:  Becky Afendoulis Trierweiler looked amazing in this colorful maxi dress.  Pic 8:  We loved what Fitzgerald’s had Emmett Miller III wearing.  Pic 9: Mayor Heartwell looking quite dapper! Pic 10:  Michelle Hoexum….Ralph Lauren Black Label suits you well! Pic 11: Dr. Denice Logan – so chic! Pic 12: Brooke Bonnema sports this season’s great color.  Pic 13:  Riley Norton – cool and casual.  Pic 14:  Brenda Scott shows us the color block trend for spring. Pic 15:  Kudos to our models for a great runway show!  Pic 16:  Behind the scenes: Leigh’s team takes time for a photo opt. L-R Rebecca Wierda, Giovanna Reilly, Pat Klimas-Reinhardt, Lesley Goebel, intern Amanda Morse and Patrick Plank

Leigh’s and Fitzgerald’s Mens Store were pleased to partner with Dwelling Place for There’s No Place Like Home:  An Evening of Fashion and Art to benefit two very important housing communities that assist women facing homelessness and women who are survivors of domestic violence: Liz’s House and Bridge Street Place.     Dwelling Place did an exceptional job securing local celebrities, community leaders and business executives to step out of their normal roles and into the modeling profession for the evening.  We enjoyed working with everyone.  Thank you for wearing our clothes so well – you walked the runway with confidence and looked great!  More thank yous…..to Dwelling Place – thanks for inviting Leigh’s and Fitzgerald’s to be a part of your event, to all the attendees – thank you for helping to make the event successful – you were a wonderful audience, to the Leigh’s and Fitzgerald’s team – well done!   It was a fantastic night!