The Saint Louis Fashion Fund has announced that Kathleen Bibbins has stepped down as Executive Director due to personal family reasons. Effective immediately, Audra Harrold, who currently serves as the Fund’s program manager and oversees the Fashion Lab and Professional Membership Division, will manage the day-to-day operations. “We are most fortunate to have Audra’s leadership at this time. She brings an in-depth expertise in both design and manufacturing as well as nonprofit experience to the Fund, said Madeline Akins, chair, Saint Louis Fashion Fund. “As we approach the eve of the Fund’s fifth anniversary, we have much to be proud of and want to thank Kathleen for her service to the Fund and wish her all the best.”

Bibbins added: “I’m proud of my accomplishments at the Fund especially with regard to the launch of Future Fashion, an educational program for 14 to 18 year-olds, the introduction of a Fashion Lab that now supports eight new local fashion and design businesses and am most excited about the recent announcement of the high-tech manufacturing facility that will boost our local economic engine. Fashion Fund is poised for great success, and I will continue to look forward to supporting the organization.”

Akins pointed out: “Thanks to the Fund’s staff, and the extraordinary ongoing efforts of our co-founder Susan Sherman, the Saint Louis Fashion Fund is moving ahead on solid footing. It continues to add value to St. Louis by working with the local design community to help them build their brands here as well as to educate young people through the Fund’s classes and camps. We will continue to be a resource for any designer or business who wants to join the fashion ecosystem and will continue our work with the City to revitalize the historic Garment District.” 

Via Press Release