• Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

Valor & Virtue Productions joins LA’s Black Design Collective to springboard local fashion biz

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Valor & Virtue Productions

This past June 19th as part of the first nationally inaugurated Juneteenth Celebration, Cincinnati and the Tri-State area was treated to a high fashion runway show against the backdrop of Fountain Square, unlike any fashion presentation the city or Tri-state region had ever experienced.

That day commemorated the induction of Cincinnati as a viable player in the global fashion and beauty marketplace with “FASHION AT THE FOUNTAIN.” Eight Black Designers and 60 professional models rocked Fountain Square with high fashion designer collections worthy of any New York City or European Fashion Week.

While the glamours models, music, lights, and designer fashion mesmerized the audience what they didn’t see was the well-oiled machine consisting of well over 50, lighting, music and stage technicians, graphic artists, production and administrative assistants, engineers, videographers/photographers and a “Class A” beauty team of 20 orchestrating every move behind the scenes all to assure a seamless production. At the core of the production was its power source – a third rail of sorts – called Valor & Virtue Productions (V & V Productions).

More than 150 local and regional individuals were employed and or engaged in the production, across numerous fields of commerce to make the show the huge success that it was.

Co-founded in Cincinnati in the fall of 2021 by Myra Wallace-Walker and Davide Stennett, Valor and Virtue Productions put the City of Cincinnati on high alert that there would be much more to come.

The time is now.

V&V Productions has coined the title of their next venture, SYMPOSIUM “MINDING YOUR FASHION AND BEAUTY BUSINESS” bringing with it a proactive gateway to empower disenfranchised communities within Cincinnati and the Tri-State region.

On Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (at the First Financial Innovation Center – 1 East 4th Street, downtown Cincinnati at 4th and Vine) a limited number of 75 first registrants (who have reserved their complimentary entry on the company’s website – www.vandvproductions.com) will be treated to the first of its kind conference, guiding creatively minded entrepreneurs toward building businesses in the Fashion and Beauty industry.

Moderated by local strategic planning/ networking and branding aficionado Sanseree Frazer of Saige Consulting LLC., guests can expect to be both enlightened and educated on a range of topics presented by an A List panel of experts ranging from: Product and Business Development, Finance, Community Empowerment through entrepreneurship, Academics, Banding, Marketing, Promotions & Social Media and much more.

V&V Productions has its roots steeped in over 2 decades of large-scale live productions and trade shows, business development, branding, marketing and promotions, apparel manufacturing, beauty, fashion and style entrepreneurship, academics, film and television production, philanthropy, publishing and multimedia.

The marquis occurrence during SYMPOSIUM “MINDING YOUR FASHION AND BEAUTY BUSINESS” will be TJ Walker, Co-founder of Cross Colours Clothing / Co-founder of the Black Design Collective, announcing and officiating Valor & Virtue Productions as the Mid-West chapter of the Black Design Collective.

This Los Angeles based organization, was founded by Cincinnati alum and Oscar Award Winning Costume Designer (Black Panther) Ruth Carter, TJ Walker, Angela Dean and Kevin Hall.

Cincinnati has historically been a crossroads of freedom, change and the advancement of African Americans. With Fortune 500 and other high-profile corporations selecting Cincinnati as their headquarters, Valor & Virtue Productions has established itself a conduit through which residents are empowered with the tools required to start businesses of their own and/or to network and collaborate with existing creative business.

SYMPOSIUM “MINDING YOUR FASHION AND BEAUTY BUSINESS” is about creating opportunities of economic development in the city. It is a gesture of open engagement “power up” the people of Cincinnati and ready them for the cultural, social, psycho-social, and economic change deserving of the Queen City.