SSTEW3 ON DISPLAY AT NEIMAN MARCUS
August 16, 2018
It all began with an idea, Mr. Stewart wanted to start his own label, and so he did during undergrad at Cornell College. Previously participating in an entrepreneurship program while in high school, Stew developed a mindset of self-discipline to bring his ideas to life. Continuing this path, Stewart took a costume construction course under Prof. Jenny Kelchen. Using the skills he learned in class, Stewart got in contact with the Co-Founder of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund (Susan Sherman) through Jennifer Hillman for an internship at the Fund. With the Fund's position in the garment district of St. Louis, the Fashion Fund is revitalizing what St. Louis used to be when it came to fashion.
Part of their mission includes the internship Stewart was involved in.
Educating the youth influences a new generation of designers and urges fashion retail businesses to develop in St. Louis which further aligns with the Fashion Fund's vision.
In aiding that vision, Stewart became the teaching assistant of Jo Flannery, who was tasked with teaching high school students how to create mood-boards, conceptualize, cut, sew, and, present their work within a week.
As the teacher's aid, Stewart went through the motions of the program as well while teaching a few students how to distress denim which was his primary fabric to recycle at the time. Stewart took this opportunity to express his talents using garments under his label’s name. Using a denim-on-denim outfit to display his work alongside the students, Stewart went to pitch what would become the main concept in his work; "recycle textiles to save the environment." After all of the students presented their work to an audience filled with parents, friends, and board members of the Fashion Fund. Cheryl Dimauro was moved enough to display all of the garments presented on the sales floor of Neiman Marcus in Plaza Frontenac and this included SSTEW3.