2018 panel of judges
Fashion entrepreneur, designer and writer Sharon Blair studied couture sewing in Paris. Sharon also has a bachelors and a masters and advanced studies in apparel. She owns and directs Portland Sewing, www.portlandsewing.com, a school that enables students to become industry-proficient in clothing design and construction. Her apparel life began more than 20 years ago as a custom clothing business. That company now offers two lines of clothing: StudioSKB and SKPDX.
Sharon has also written and her work has been featured in national and local publications. She is on the board and a judge for several Portland fashion events. She speaks frequently at seminars and at trade and civic events and contracts with several clothing manufacturers.
Tammy Beckley is a Principal Broker and has been licensed in real estate since 1997. Prior to moving to Portland, she owned and operated her own successful real estate firm on the beautiful Southern Oregon coast. After visiting Portland many times over the years, she moved to Portland in the summer of 2011.
In addition, Tammy has been featured as a real estate expert and has appeared on CNBC, KATU, and other local television broadcasts on numerous occasions. Currently Tammy is the featured real estate expert on AM Northwest in Portland, Oregon and appears at least once a month speaking on relevant real estate topics.
Balancing her work with her favorite past times which include: attending outdoor music venues, art, white water rafting, kayaking, bicycle riding, reading, and doing just about anything in the sun! Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her 2 beautiful children, Abby and John.
Anne Bocci is a long-time PFSA supporter and owner of Anne Bocci Boutique and Gallery, located in the Pearl District of Portland. Her incredible shop carries clothing, jewlery and art finely designed and crafted with love.
Anne Bocci designs jewelry, especially Tahitian Pearl pieces, and is a painter whom specializes in oils. Bocci has been on the artist's side of business for decades, giving her copious experience in both the creative and business sides of boutique owning. This is why she loves to support those who put their heart and soul into creating in our beautiful city! Anne Bocci Boutique and Gallery is the only store that carries Project Runway winners, Seth Aaron Henderson and Michelle Lesniak, and was supporting them before their big win. For more info about Anne Bocci Boutique and Gallery, you can click here.
Barbara Climaldi is the owner of Phagans School of Hair Design. Since first partnering with PFSA in 2011, Phagans has donated hundreds of hours serving as volunteers at PFSA's many events, including the main event in November. Barbara's commitment to the beauty and hair industry is notable through her involvement in various events around town. Graduates of her programs have gone on to win numerous PFSA awards and national recognition.
As a self-taught fashion designer for four years before currently attending the Portland Fashion Institute, Elizabeth’s significant concern for the detrimental environmental and sociological impact of the fashion industry prompts her focus on sustainable couture designs and the support of local fashion.
A born and raised Oregon native with her heart in the city, nothing makes her happier than a sunny day in summer. When she’s not singing her heart out or pursuing the creative and dramatic arts, you can find her doing what she’s most passionate about: meeting and connecting with people.
Elizabeth is proud to be a part of the Mercedes-Benz of Portland team as the Dealership Marketing Concierge and is delighted to contribute to the partnership between Mercedes-Benz of Portland and Portland Fashion and Style Awards.
Beth Erlendson started down the path to becoming the Creative Director for the Portland Fashion and Style Awards with her first foray in the sewing room at her junior high school. It was then that Beth first learned how to sew, and her early creations sparked a lifelong passion for fine fabrics, quality craftsmanship and creativity in apparel design that can be seen in her everyday life.
Is Project Runway airing tonight? You can find Beth planted in her favorite chair, glued to the television screen and taking in every scene. Is there a fashion or style event in the Portland area happening? Beth is probably there, taking the opportunity to talk up the region’s dynamic fashion and style industry. She takes immense pride in being part of a community that cultivates and nurtures local talent, as well as provides a unique perspective that keeps Portland on the cutting edge of fashion and style.
Beth’s creativity and flair for promotion shines through in more than just her love of fashion. She opened FAB Marketing Group in 2009 to provide clients with comprehensive strategic marketing plans that seamlessly weave stylish advertising campaigns with custom-designed brand identity development. Her ability to make clients stand out in a crowded marketplace has made her one of Portland’s leading independent marketing consultants as well as the go-to marketing expert for the Northwest’s vibrant lifestyle and wine industry – a perfect match for Beth, an avid golf and wine enthusiast.
Heather McPherson, a Portland Native, brings 20+ years of experience to the fashion, modeling, and beauty industry. She has supported the local fashion community by directing/producing Fashion Meets Film, serving as a PFSA judge, coaching upcoming designers, backing producers of fashion events, modeling for boutiques and designers. Heather has also provided financial counsel, funding, and business advisory for small business ownership nationwide for 15+ years. Heather is a big proponent of elevating the visibility, voice, and opportunity of local artist and designers by celebrating event moments, sharing with her community, and of course shopping local!
Elizabeth Mollo got her start producing fashion shows in 2004 with the first Doom Town Rock and Roll Fashion Show, where she participated as one of the designers and helped to coordinate the show. She discovered her true passion in life with that show, and has been producing fashion shows and events ever since. Starting with Doom Town, which later changed it’s name to Sweet F.A., she has helped produce FashioNXT, Open Season, The Alley 33 Fashion Event, and many other shows and events including Fade to Light, which she conceived and executive produces.
Elizabeth originally hails from San Jose, CA and moved to Portland in December of 2000. She received her B.S. in apparel design from the Art Institute of Portland in 2005. In addition to producing shows and events she teaches the Fashion Event Production classes at The Art Institute of Portland and The Portland Fashion Institute, is a contributing writer for Portland Mercury, is a seamstress for Krista West Vestments, and occasionally will collaborate with fashion designers to produce capsule collections.
April serves as a sales consultant with Salon Services and has been a long time supporter of PFSA. Through her work with Salon Services, April is able to stay on the cutting edge of salon trends in Portland and knows who's who in the industry. She is looking forward to continuing to support PFSA as a judge in 2018.
Co-owner and designer for Altar Houseline apparel. Ridgway started her career as a boutique owner in 2010 which has culminated in her focus on the in-house manufactured apparel line which she designs. Her primary inspirations include luscious textiles with moody print motifs, 90’s post-punk music, Modernist literature, and knowing a lot of remarkable artists whom she admires. Her sew shop is located down the street from the shop and can be followed on the separate Instagram profile @altar_houseline.
Cassie is also a fashion feature writer with Portland Mercury and has produced numerous fashion shows, including Allied33 and Unmentionables.
Jeff is an honors graduate of Reed College and a distinguished tax and bankruptcy lawyer in Portland. He spent ten years as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, has been a partner and department manager in a Portland law firm, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2011. He is a frequent speaker and writer for the Oregon State Bar and Oregon’s tax professional societies. He currently runs a solo practice in Northwest Portland.
Throughout his life, Jeff has pursued numerous hobbies with the same energy and passion he invests into his law practice. He fell in love with photography twenty years ago, and a meandering path through landscape, wildlife, sports, travel, and jewelry photography lead him to fashion. Jeff’s fashion photography has gained momentum over the last several years, and it now consumes most of the time Jeff is not practicing law. His work appears in the websites and portfolios of many of Oregon’s prominent designers, fashion boutiques, and models. During 2014, Jeff’s runway work will include the Oregon Bridal Showcase, the Portland Bridal Show, Portland Fashion Week, Style in the Pearl, Vancouver BC Fashion Week, Washington DC Fashion Week, and Fashion XT.