I’ve been chatting with Cindi Boudissa, manager of the Fabric Concierge, over the internet for almost a year now. She is an Omaha native who worked in the Garment District in NYC, but has since returned to Omaha. Unhappy with the fabric selection available in Omaha, Cindi started her business, The Fabric Concierge. Her business tagline is “The Garment District Comes to You.” She travels back and forth to the Garment District from Omaha and brings back yardage and swatches for her customers.
Recently, she has paired with Mood Fabrics as a vendor. She set up a swatch event at Omaha Fashion Week this year to showcase the Mood swatches and I offered to help her out. I was excited to finally meet Cindi, but also to see all of the fabrics. As we were setting up the swatch table, it was clear that we would get along really well. Both Cindi and I geeked out over every square of fabric we unpacked.
Audio Helkuik & Cindi Boudissa (The Fabric Concierge) on the red carpet at Omaha Fashion Week. (Photo credit: Herb Thompson)
The Fabric Concierge’s, Cindi Boudissa, chatting about fabrics with a fellow textiles lover.
At first after all the swatches were unpacked, I couldn’t even handle the excitement. I didn’t know where to start. After the initial “YAY YAY YAY!” wore off, I started to zero in on some of my favorites.
This soft jersey knit in taupe with a dark inky splatter design is just so great.
Amongst the rows and rows of wonderful shirting fabrics, I found this delicious black and brown stripe fabric. It even has a tiny fuschia stripe in it. SO PERFECT.
Next I started to select several fabrics that I liked and curated little collections. I did this over and over and started dreaming up clothing lines based on the swatch groupings. I just love fabric so much. It’s an inspiration in itself. Here’s one small curated trio I picked out:
New for me: mixing prints!
If you want The Fabric Concierge to help you swatch and source garment fabric for your next project, contact Cindi Boudissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her on the facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheFabricConcierge
Audio Helkuik & Cindi Boudissa (The Fabric Concierge) (Photo credit: Herb Thompson)