Seattle Garment District Advisory Board

Establishing a Seattle Garment District is our top priority at Seattle Fashion Incubator. It is our pleasure to introduce you to our Garment District Development Advisory Board. The board consists of artists, designers, economic development leaders, fashion industry executives, and other Seattle business leaders.

Shortening the supply chain, and increasing access to wholesale suppliers and low minimum manufacturing is essential to keep existing apparel businesses in Seattle and attract new ones to the region. The Garment District Advisory Board and SFI will work closely with the Office of Community and Economic Development at the City of Renton, Washington to redevelop Downtown Renton as an Arts, Garment and Maker’s District for the region.

Edna Kainz – Owner – EKCreative Works

Edna Katz EKCreative WorksMy heritage is a melting pot of cultures:I was born and raised in Mexico City, from an Austrian father and Italian and Spanish mother. Moved to the US to pursue a computer science degree and a career in high tech and destiny will have that I stayed in the US and made Seattle my home.

As a true renaissance woman, I love to try new things. So as a way to stay connected to my creative roots I started my interior design business in 2000 after a leaving a successful career in high tech to raise my kids, and now I am helping small businesses with marketing and creative business consulting. I have a passion and curiosity for all types of cuisines and healthy cooking and anything to do with being creative.

As an artist, I’m curious about everything. I trust my intuition, and am passionate, creative and fearless when it comes to trying new things. Passion, color, design, aesthetics and my heritage inspire my cooking and everything else I do.

When not in the kitchen cooking I am an avid tennis player and enjoys travel, golf and cooking TV. Also, whether is working on my line of handbags and jewelry designs or just knitting; you will always find me with a craft project near me and always willing to pick up a new one!

Jonnie R. Rettele – Designer/Owner – Nonnie Threads, Inc.

Jonnie recently relocated to Seattle from Chicago where she attended and graduated from the Chicago Fashion Incubator’s Designer in Residence program. Her experience as an independent designer going through such a program will be invaluable to Seattle’s designer community.

Joshua Dirks – Founder – Project Bionic

Josh Dirks Social Scientist Project Bionic

Josh is an old hand at new media.  He made his first big moves at Door-to-Door Moving and Storage, where his leadership and tireless work ethic resulted in record earnings for his division and created an online marketing strategy that’s still used today.  Josh joined the internet marketing world at 10X Marketing, a company founded by Paul Allen to provide full-service Web marketing services to businesses.  He became a senior member of the team that launched 10X’s proprietary SEO technology to an international market.

After 10X was acquired, Josh created Pin Point Marketing, which specialized in search engine optimization, pay-per-click and affiliate marketing.  Not satisfied with one new company, he quickly became a founding member of three other high-tech ventures – AdBasix, Great American Scavenger Hunt and BlaghNow.  Additionally, he also launched ExtremeNW, a social networking site for Northwest adventure seekers.

In 2007, Josh joined Entercom Communications as Director of Digital and Strategic Sales and Marketing.  In this role he became a thought leader in media integration and how to harness the power of social media within the traditional space.  Many of the campaigns he worked on became the company’s most successful.

Over the last three and half years, Josh and partners have been busy with Project Bionic, a company dedicated to humanizing brands beyond human capabilities.  Today, Project Bionic has more than 50 clients and has grown month over month since its inception, continuing to break new ground and create proprietary solutions for the social and mobile media space.

During his spare time, Josh enjoys time with his wife, two small children and fox terrier.  He is an avid sports fan, and loves networking with new people on a professional and personal level.  Josh is proud to say he is a leading advocate of social media sites.  You can follow his fast-paced world on numerous social sites and obsessively-updated online forums.

Mark Johnson – Architect – AIA, LEEDap, BD+C

Mark Johnson Architect, AIA, LEEDap, BD+CMark Johnson is an architect licensed in the State of Washington. With 15 years of experience with sustainable public projects, he brings a place based, collective approach to his work. He is a design catalyst, drawing meaningful potential from places and project teams. His keen eye toward true sustainability of place, rooted in site specific characteristics merged with simultaneous opportunities allow him to deliver elegant, site specific projects. With practice spanning art, architecture, landscape, and music, he approaches design with diverse, exploratory means, focused on people and the meaning of place.


Coos Historical and Maritime Center: Managing CDs and permit development of a 12,000sf museum in Coos Bay, Oregon, providing a home to one of the oldest historical societies in Oregon. Located in the historic Central Dock area, the building references the historical context of early 1900s commerce with modern forms and materials.

Environmental Education:
Conceptual design through construction of Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, a 10,000sf campus delivering EE programs to Pacific Northwest schools and families in Bellevue, Washington through Pacific Science Center. Sited among mature trees, the project was about restraint, and balancing the program with the carrying capacity of the site.

Music education and programming:
Icicle Creek Music Center: 15,000sf music education center campus located in the Cascade Mountains, serving residency programs, chamber music festivals, symphony camps, and individual study. Program includes a master recital hall, group rehearsal, group lodges, individual rehearsal, and offices.
Pullman Arts Pavilion: Conceptual design of an outdoor performance pavilion in the natural amphitheater of Sunnyside Park in Pullman, Washington. Inclusive of support facilities, the pavilion will be home to Pullman’s 4th of July celebration and community symphony, a venue for touring acts, music festivals, and outdoor theater.

Public Parks:
Cesar Chavez Park, Mount Baker Viewpoint Park – Neighborhood parks that express their respective community in form and materials. Both projects were funded with a combination of pocket donations, grants, and Department of Neighborhoods funding. Conceptual design through construction.

Ronald Leamon – Costume Designer

Ron has been a freelance costumer designer since 1972, and now calls Seattle home. Film and movie credits include but are not limited to Battle in Seattle (2007), Little Buddah (1993), Blue Velvet (1986), and Nowhere Man as Costume Supervisor (1995-1996).

Rose Dennis – Fashion Executive

Rose Dennis Seattle PR Luly Yang CoutureRose was born and raised in Livingston, Montana. She earned her B.A. in Business Management at Seattle Pacific University. Worked in Upper Management for fifteen (15) years with the JC Penney Company; Fourteen (14) years as a tenured college professor at Edmonds Community College as the Director and Professor, teaching classes in Fashion, Retail, Marketing and Business Management (includes teaching one year in Kobe, Japan); Five (5) years as the Director of Marketing and Special Events for City Centre (5th and Pike); Two (2) years as the Director of Procurement, P.R., Marketing and Development for the non-profit Art’s organization PONCHO, raising over $6M. for the arts in Seattle during this time.

Public Relations Manager, 2002 to present, for award winning Seattle Fashion Designer Luly Yang and Luly Yang Couture. Co-Producer of ‘The Look’ that aired on Evening Magazine February 18 – 25, 2013.

Bellevue Reporter contributing writer covering Fashion along with a monthly column in Scene called ‘In Good Company’ which covers philanthropic fundraising events in Seattle and on the Eastside.

Rose was the 2012 & 2013 Chair for Gilda’s Club Seattle Surviving in Style Designer Fundraising luncheon which raised close to $500,000 for support and resources for those touched with cancer; served on the PONCHO Board of Trustees for 10 years, was the VP of Procurement for five (5) Gala Auctions (bringing in over ($5.5M in Procurement), was the Gala Chair for the 2008 Poncho Gala  Auction (Raising $1.5 M for the arts in Seattle.); Serves on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Board for the Annual Holiday Gala; SAMA (Science and Management of Addictions) Board Member; (Past) Pacific NW Ballet (PNB) Governing Board and Advisory Board member; PNB STARS Past President, (raising $3M for PNB); Chair of Principal Dancer Patricia Barker’s Farewell dinner at the Fairmount Hotel in 2007; Serves on the University of Washington (UW) Professional and Continuing Education Advisory Board for the Fashion: Concept to Market Certificate Program; Past Seattle Chapter President and current member of Fashion Group International (FGI).

Seattle Times Nicole Brodeur “Style and PR Maven”, April 30, 2013; Voted and selected as an UpTown Girl in September 2010 and Seattle Magazines/Scene’s 2010 Seattle Best Dressed Female; A Seattle Tastemaker in December 2006 (People Setting Trends) by the editors of Seattle Magazine; Voted by Seattle Spin as Seattle’s Ruling Tastemaker in 2007; Seattle Sophisticate Seattle Business Monthly in 2008.

Sydney Mintle – Founder – Gossip & Glamour

Sydney Chavez, Gossip and Glamour, Fashion Marketing

Sydney Mintle is a fashion marketing specialist with industry experience in retail, apparel manufacturing, social media marketing and event production. She started her career in fashion working on the sales floor of a retail store and was later promoted to store manager. Her experience includes five years of fashion show production for Seattle’s Fashion First runway show, which later led to the launch of her style blogs, Seattle Boutique Blogspot and Sydney Loves Fashion. After pursuing two degrees in Fashion Marketing, Sydney went on to explore the corporate side of the fashion industry and spent six years managing the sourcing and production process of numerous private label lines at Zumiez Inc. Her work has taken her all over the world including New York, London, Paris China, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Sydney is well-versed on industry trends and is deeply committed to helping clients achieve maximum results on new projects and initiatives.

Sydney’s non-profit work includes being actively involved in Seattle’s Chapter of Fashion Group International where she served on the Board of Directors for three consecutive years, including one as Regional Director. Her vision and experience helped get the group back to the business of fashion and evolve into Seattle’s premier fashion industry authority. Additional non-profit work includes event marketing for the annual Save the Girls Runway Fashion show and PR work for Fashion Camp by Rosaline Hampton.