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The Runway kicks off Fashion 411 Speaker Series featuring Shinola

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The Runway kicks off Fashion 411 Speaker Series featuring Shinola

Jennifer Guarino, VP Leather for Shinola speaks on May 6

LANSING, MI – LEAP announces the kickoff of the Fashion 411 Speaker Series, with its first speaker, Jennifer Guarino, Vice President of Leather for Shinola on May 6th at The Runway in downtown Lansing. The event is the first in a monthly series of fashion and business focused keynote speakers. This series is a part of the new programming offered through The Runway business incubation program.

About Jennifer:

Jennifer was recently honored as the Minnesota Manufacturing Awards CEO of the Year for her revitalization efforts as CEO and co-owner of JW Hulme, a 100+ year-old American-made leather goods brand that she led back from near-bankruptcy.

Now the Vice President of Leather goods for Shinola Detroit, she is continuing her passion for domestic manufacturing by leading the development of Shinola’s Detroit-based leather goods manufacturing efforts.

She is also the Founding Chair of The Makers Coalition started in Minnesota; collaboration among business, education and social services to provide certified industrial sewing training, apprenticeships and jobs. The Makers Coalition has since expanded as a national initiative in partnership with Industrial Fabrics Association International, a global trade membership association.

Upcoming speakers include Todd Duckett, CEO of Duckett Enterprises on May 27th and Karen Buscemi, President of Detroit Garment Group on June 24th. The Fashion 411 events are held from 5:30PM – 7:00PM at The Runway. The event is free to Runway Designers-in-Residence and $15 to the public. Tickets are limited; registration is at More information on The Runway can be found at


The Runway is Michigan's premiere fashion and design incubator, working to support the local economy and budding fashion industry in the Lansing region and throughout the State of Michigan. The Runway features a retail showroom open to the public Wednesday - Saturday, 12PM-6PM. 

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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