We have moved!
2020 has certainly brought a lot of changes we never expected. I am grateful and humbled by the outpour of community support during this time toward Fashion Lab NY. After having to shut down for 4 months due to my husband's passing and Covid19, I made the difficult decision to close the studio at 1205 Hertel Ave. Although saddened to close our North Buffalo studio, I am so proud of the unique sewing and design programs we have developed and offer exclusively here in Buffalo. I honestly didn’t want this opportunity for young and older alike to end. Therefore, I made the choice to PIVOT and RESET.
We have moved our studio to The King Urban Life Center where we will continue to provide you with a special place to learn, design and create through the art of sewing. The KULC is a beautiful historic Church located near the Buffalo Science Museum that has been repurposed with large open spaces for a variety of educational activities. I am appreciative and excited to share our new dedicated space surrounded by beauty and design to inspire us all. Check out their Website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
Our classes will start up again in November 2020 with a focus on sewing workshops for kid's, teens and adults. We will continue to have amazing instructors that bring their own creativity and talents to the Fashion Lab NY Family. Our focus, as always, will be on teaching you and your children lifelong skills through the lens of fashion. The project-based curriculum will not only teach you/your child to sew, but will instill in both a practical application of math, science, reading and comprehension. We pride ourselves on being a creative and educational outlet for the entire family.
As the founder and owner of Fashion Lab NY, my passion for design started when I was young, making clothes by hand for my dolls, and myself. Once I got a sewing machine, I was hooked. While my high school friends were at the mall buying clothes, I was at the fabric store designing something that would express my individuality.
I always knew I wanted to be in Fashion, although my path was not always a straight shot. I attended Philadelphia University where I received a B.S. degree in Textile Design. I moved to NYC, where I worked in Fashion Marketing, Product Development and Merchandising. Now, after 35-years in fashion, I have had the pleasure of leading design, product development and merchandising teams for brands including New Era Cap, Life is good, Timberland and OshKosh B'Gosh.
As a Buffalo transplant, I felt the desire to support my new home town's cultural and creative growth. I began teaching Fashion Forecasting at Buffalo State College and now hold the position of Advisory Board Chair for The Harkness Center of Fashion Design and Technology Program. Inspiring and mentoring others to develop their creative talents and grow their own fashion businesses is what drives me today.
Carly Richardson - Assistant and Instructor
Student – Artist - Sewist – Creative force
Carly and I were fortunate enough to have been brought together about 3 years ago. She is now a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Raised by a long line of artists, Carly grew up with everything she needed to be creative. For her twelfth birthday she received her own sewing machine. She proceeded to design and sew her own costumes for musical performances in high school. In addition to sewing, Carly also enjoys painting, hand embroidery, upcycling clothing, and hand lettering among many other hobbies.
“I was lucky enough to have creativity encouraged in every portion of my life. Many kids do not have the same experiences as me with creating and art, especially as schools lose funding for art programs.
FASHION LAB NY gives children and adults the tools, resources, and creative energy everyone deserves to have as part of their life.”
Carly is thrilled to be able to share her passion for creating with the next generation.
Johanna Brassel - Instructor
Johanna Brassel is a Fashion Designer in Buffalo, NY. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Upon graduation, Johanna joined JC Penney in Plano, TX as an Assistant Designer. After her term there, she returned to Buffalo, NY where she accepted a job at New Era Cap as the Assistant Designer for the Men’s Apparel team. She was soon promoted to Designer, a position in which she continued to develop her fashion design skills.
While Johanna was working for New Era Cap, she joined the Genesee Community College Fashion Business program as an Adjunct Instructor. There she realized her love of teaching and began instructing at Buffalo State College and Villa Maria College in their Fashion programs, teaching a wide variety of fashion design courses.
Johanna is currently the Cut and Sew Production Supervisor at The Factory Buffalo at Fashion lab NY, where she plans and executes successful garment production. In addition, she continues to expand her teaching career as an Adjunct Instructor at Buffalo State College in the Fashion Textile Technology program.
She is available for Private Lessons at FLNY.
"My daughter loved working one on one with Arlene to create a romper. Her garment is amazing. The stitching is professional. Every detail is immaculate. Arlene really drove my daughter to complete this as her own so she really learned from the experience. I would highly recommend any course offered."
- Bridget L.
"Both my girls came out of the camp with the confidence of having sewn their very own scarf as well as a desire to continue learning the art of sewing! In the words of my 10 year old, "this was the best 6 hours of my life!" Thank you for your hands on approach in teaching my daughters a skill that hopefully will be used for years to come!"
"My daughter loved fashion camp and obtained great skills! She became more confident with the sewing machine, learned more about the fashion industry, and had a great time putting together her hand-picked fabric into a great outfit. I love it that Arlene showed the participants how to sew a basic outfit, but also allowed them creativity to make it their own."
- Amy J.