Greensboro Fashion Week
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Witneigh Davis (owner)
Witneigh Davis was born in South Carolina and moved all over the South. From a very young age, fashion was at the forefront of her mind and while most of the young girls around here were drawing pictures of houses and animals – Witneigh was making sketches of dresses and shoes. Voted “best dressed” in High School, her obsession with fashion would continue into her college years too, as this is when she received her first personal stylist gig. But while at NC State University, Witneigh’s ambitions of enrolling in their design program were cut short when her best friend, Emily May, died suddenly in a drunk-driving car accident.
Crushed, Witneigh tried to take a little time off from life and moved back home to be among family. Here, she continued her studies and graduated with honors with a BA in Communication and Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Fayetteville. Soon after, she moved to Greensboro to help start Emily’s Plea - a charity devoted to her best friend that helps educate others about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. (A portion of all GSOFW proceeds benefit this cause.)
A personal stylist, Witneigh specializes in personal shopping and styling. Her fashion sense compliments Giovanni’s and her business sense helps with the behind the scenes necessities of Greesnboro Fashion Week as she is the marketing maven. She is slated to open her first boutique, Duchess, in 2017 and eventually she hopes to turn her dress and handbag sketches into a fashion line of her own.
Giovanni Ramadani (owner)
Giovanni Ramadani was born in the Southeastern European country of Kosovo and when he was just 12, his family fled the country during the Kosovo war. Because of the large amount of refugees trying to leave, they were forced to stay in a refugee camp for three months until a country was willing to accept them. In August of 1999 he was welcomed into the Greensboro community and it quickly became his second home.
Giovanni grew to appreciate the smaller things in life; Once settled in Greensboro, he was finally able to express himself through fashion. That same year he had his first modeling photo-shoot and that was all it took to begin a whirlwind romance with the industry. He did several small, local runway shows before landing a spot in New York’s Fashion Week in 2012.
Giovanni was so overwhelmed by the experience that he began wondering why North Carolina – and Greensboro – didn’t have something similar. He wanted to bring NYC’s energy home and experience it with those closest to him. He recognized the fashion living in the Triad but wondered why no one was showing it off? When he verbalized this to Witneigh, her response was a simple one: Why don’t you do something about it?
That is the conversation which formed Greensboro Fashion Week, and the two haven’t looked back since. Giovanni and Witneigh’s passion for this project is contagious and they make one thing very clear – this show is here to stay!
Allie Pheiff (marketing assistant)
Allie is a senior at Elon University where she is working to complete a major in strategic communications and a minor in professional sales. As she prepares to graduate this upcoming May, it is her ultimate goal to pursue a corporate communications career within the fashion industry. Over the past four years, Allie has dedicated herself to various internships that have taught her the skills necessary to excel within the fashion industry. She has worked as a marketing, merchandising and sales intern for Shades of Pink Magazine and Premier Bride Magazine, as well as internationally for notable UK Fashion Brand Jenny Packham. Allie currently writes bi-monthly press releases for Greensboro Fashion Week, and thoroughly enjoys every detail that goes into making the final show a success.
Brian Clarey (emcee)
I've been a hardscrabble freelancer, a dependable writer for hire and a local scribe of some notoriety. I've worked for startups and established dailies, staid statewide glossies and offbeat 'zines, university publications and syndicated city guides. I published a book, won dozens of awards and wrote a short film that screened at Cannes. Now, along with my staff, I own the best altweekly in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad.
Dj Hargrave (blogger)
Hey! I’m Dj Hargrave - menswear influencer, entrepreneur, and college kid with BIG ambitions. You’ll know me as the blogger of Greensboro Fashion Week where I’ll be talking style, the behind the scenes action of GSOFW, and giving you one-on-one interviews with fashion week sponsors and designers (hint: check the GSOFW blog every Saturday).
In the future, my goal is to be a full-time menswear blogger and run a company that marries menswear and media. My overall mission is to empower people through helping them improve their appearance. I’m a southern boy, so having a fashion week in the Triad is surreal to me. I still can’t believe I’m a part of Greensboro Fashion Week.
Kyle (lead hair stylist)
Kyle Britt is a veteran in hair styling with eleven years of experience. He’s bringing his talent and leadership skills to GSOFW for the third year in a row.
He went to Paul Mitchell The School for Cosmetology and has since been honing his skills in makeup, styling and creative direction. Kyle’s accomplishments have led him to becoming a premier stylist in the triad along with becoming the hairstylist for grammar award winning folk singer Rhiannon Giddens.
Linda Walbridge (model coach)
Linda Walbridge is a wife, mother, empty nester, former professional runway and print model, owner of the popular food blog “The Orange Bee”, yoga enthusiast, beekeeper, cooking class instructor, and wellness advocate for essential oils.
Linda moved to N.C. from Texas, a little over 2 years ago. She shares her home with her husband, 2 dogs and 3 cats. Linda has been an avid traveler since her early 20’s and remains so today. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of bees, essential oils, cooking and the importance of practicing yoga with others.
Being involved with GSOFW has become a new passion for Linda. Watching young aspiring models hit the runway makes her happy! She also makes herself available to instruct runway technique on a private or semi-private basis.
Mia Conway (marketing assistant)
Mia Conway joined the marketing team in 2015. She is the marketing coordinator of Greensboro Fashion Week and is responsible for social media accounts, press and email releases, and marketing campaigns. She is currently a junior at Guilford College and is studying business administration and marketing.
Before joining the Greensboro Fashion Week, Mia spent 2 years with the Triad Business Journal as an events marketing coordinator.
In her free time she enjoys creative writing, reading about astrology/astronomy, traveling, and exploring new restaurants with family and friends.
Feel free to follow Mia on her Instagram page, @MiaStarChild
Michelle Mills (web designer)
Michelle Mills is from Concord, NC. She began working with GSOFW in Fall of 2015. Michelle is a design student at North Carolina State University wiith a minor in business. Her love of modeling and design made this job perfect for her. In her spare time Michelle loves to workout, cook food, and blog on youtube, instagram, and on her website michellecmills.com
After graduation she plans to persue UX (user experience) design.
Moragn South (administrative assistant)
I'm Morgan South, the Administrative Coordinator for Greensboro Fashion Week. I've been a part of the Fashion Week Team since their debut year in 2014! My roles within fashion week include managing volunteers, coordinating models and event communications, and aiding with operations leading up to and during event dates. I became an advocate of anything fashion relative since my first Fashion Merchandising class at the age of 14 which inspired me to continue my education in the industry. I'm now an alumni of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies. My ultimate goal in life would be to follow the fashion shows of the world, tracking and reporting on the newest style and color trends for upcoming seasons. The growth and development of the Greensboro Fashion Week continues to exceed expectations with each year, it's an honor and a privilege to be part of the event and everything our movement stands for!