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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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!

What A Fun Party!

Pic 1: Emily Nurmikko aka Charlotte and Rachel Leep-Williams aka Carrie dress the part for our Sex and the City 2 premier party pic 2: Alotta shoppin’ goin’ on!  pic 3: Victoria Velting Luebke, Michelle Hoexum and Patti Griswold get a Sex and the City glam look from Laura Mercier makeup artist, Mandi Lehmann.  pic 4:  Mouth watering sushi from Electric Eel!  pic 5: Adrian Butler and Donald Ward aka AB and Coconut Brown had the party rockin’!  pic 6: Patrick Plank had the store transformed for the party and did double duty making yummy cosmos!  pic 7: Julie Boggiano and her friend enjoy sushi and cosmos….mmmm!   Being at work yesterday could hardly be called work!  Our Sex and the City 2 premier party was a total blast!  Check out the pictures above…..there was a lot going on and everyone was feeling festive…it was a GREAT party!  Thanks to everyone who joined us and made it such a wonderful event in our store!