Greensboro Fashion Week
Witneigh and Giovanni (owners)
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.
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!
Camile Nesi (Marketing Assistant)
My name is Camille Nesi. This is my first year with GSOFW, but I’m no stranger to Greensboro! Born and raised in Greensboro, NC so I know this place like the back of my hand. I’m a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with a degree in Communication Studies. I have a passion for marketing, and fashion which is why I felt like gsofw was home!
When I’m not working with gsofw, I’m drinking coffee at a local coffee shop, creating vision/mood boards, or creating Pinterest boards!
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.
Myla Manda (Administrative Coordinator)
Myla Manda is a native of Greensboro, NC. She recently graduated from UNCG with a degree in International Business. Some of her interests include traveling, learning new languages, meeting interesting people, writing and discovering local food culture. Her love for her home town paired with her interest in fashion makes this an ideal job.
Michelle Mills (web designer)
Michelle Mills is from Concord, NC. She began working with GSOFW in Fall of 2015. She graduated from NC State with a bachelor's of Industrial Design and a minor in businesss. Not only is she a designer, she is a model with 3 Black Bird Management. 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
She is currnelty attending Jeffereson University (Philadelphia) for a Master's of Science in User Experience and Interaction Design.
Sarah Mcpherson (Administrative Coordinator Assistant)
Sarah is currently attending the University of North Caroline at Greensboro. She is majoring in the consumer apparel and retail studies with a minor in business and a certification in marketing. She plans to pursue a career in trend forecasting or being a buyer for a company after graduation. She joined the GSOFW team in 2016 and works with managing volunteers, coordinating models and event communications.