Designing A Difference Sewing House host its first Creative Industry Night.

Event Panelist:

Amour Vert: Sustainable Fashion Brand, Marketing team representative

Is known as the most sustainable fashion company in the world. They create beautiful clothing with versatility in mind. They pioneer entirely new fabrics that don’t pollute. Our local supply chain and distribution channels have the lowest possible environmental impact. 97% of their clothing is made in San Francisco in the best sewing and cutting shops in the Bay Area. One of these manufacturers is D.A.D Sewing House. Local production means less transportation of clothing and less of a carbon footprint. It also means we can visit the factories daily to ensure fair wages and treatment of the people who work there.

Founded in San Francisco seven years ago, Amour Vert has become one of the most successful San Francisco based clothing brands; while staying true to their values and quality. They currently have seven brick and mortar locations in California and can also be found at Nordstroms, Style light and Shop Style.


Michael DeNunzio : Consumer Executive, Advisor, Clothing Brand Fundraiser and Consultant

Working with consumer brands and technology companies on market strategy, fundraising, business development, operations, brand building, customer acquisition, and user experience. He created, launched, and initially self-funded an attainable luxury men’s apparel brand and also been on the investing side of men’s apparel where he helped manage and/or improve operations across its four portfolio related companies with operations in the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong, and China. As problems or opportunities arose, he worked with operating teams on business plans, marketing, product and distribution strategy, manufacturing issues, and licensor/licensee deals.


Kellie Menendez &  Ondrea Vicklund: Co-Founders to Home Decor company; Half Full. Artist, Designer, Entrepreneur. Growth and Design Leader.

Kellie has 15 years experience in marketing, growth and design she is a current member of Pipeline Angels, a network of women investors creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Prior to joining the world of Venture Capital she was Senior Director, Online Marketing and Creative at Practice Fusion and held similarly focused roles at Levi Strauss & Co., Red Bricks Media, Institute on Aging and BEA. Most recently she has become an entrepreneur Co - founding a home decor company along with Ondrea Vicklund, called Half Full. Half Full celebrates unique experiences and environments. They combine a deep love of nature with original illustrations to bring the beauty of the Earth and all its creatures into your home. Half full proudly supports efforts to conserve the wildlife and wild environments that inspire many of their designs. They believe they can improve the world by creating beauty and have an unshakeable commitment to protect the future of the living we illustrate. They have recently started production at D.A.D Sewing House in San Francisco producing decorative pillows.

Specialties: Wall paper, Design, Textiles, Art, Pattern Design, Decor, Interior Design, Marketing, Home Decor.


Learn what it takes to develop and find success as a creative brand in the most expensive city in the nation.