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Local Fashion Designer Receives Award for Diversity

Monday, February 23, 2015   (0 Comments)
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February 23, 2015

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Local Fashion Designer Receives Award for Diversity
MSU Student hosting a charitable fashion show at Lansing’s Runway

LANSING, MI – Student clothing designer, Katie Raynard and her partner Anami Chan, both seniors studying Apparel and Textile Design at Michigan State University have recently been chosen to receive an award honoring their work demonstrating what diversity means to them through a creative process. The “Students Making a Difference through Artistic Expressions” competition, is part of MSU’s project 60/50 initiative, in which the University invites students to utilize their talents to express civil and human rights themes.

Raynard and Chan will be hosting an event, Fashion for the Fire at The Runway in downtown Lansing in collaboration with the Firecracker Foundation. The avant-garde fundraising fashion show will inform, offer support, and raise proceeds to fight against sexual trauma in support of childhood survivors in the Lansing community.

Raynard, who is currently an Associate Designer at The Runway working on her fashion line, Edges Apparel, LLC has plans to pursue her line full time after graduation.

“I’m thrilled to be able to use my designing talent to positively impact the community through this advocacy work alongside the foundation. Through this past year, it has been exciting to see how the original idea has given way to the possibility of further developing this idea into a business, especially here in Michigan,” said Raynard.

Raynard was connected with The Runway through engaging the Lansing entrepreneurial ecosystem and working with Spartan Innovations. Spartan Innovations, which operates the student business incubator, The Hatch, located in downtown Lansing, currently pays for Raynard to participate in The Runway’s Associate Designer program as part of an MSU student entrepreneur scholarship program.

“Their story is a great, new demonstration of the deepening connections between Lansing’s entrepreneurial culture, tools like The Runway, and the student startup population hatching from Michigan State University through Spartan Innovations. We truly are stronger together,” said Quin D. Stinchfield, Manager of Business Incubation at LEAP.

The Fashion for the Fire event will take place on April 11th and is open to the public. Tickets are on sale at


The Runway, Michigan’s premier fashion incubator located within the historic Knapp’s Centre, is the first of its kind in the state and will serve as the hub for emerging fashion talent. This represents the rebirth of an industry that includes fashion, textiles, and manufacturing. The mission of The Runway is to generate and advance the entrepreneurial culture in Lansing while retaining and attracting talent, and the businesses that support this budding sector of our economy.

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where business can thrive. To do this, we help entrepreneurs start new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and attract new businesses to the region. For more information about LEAP, please visit

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