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Fashwire Founder and CEO Kimberly Carney Named as Finalist for The Fashion Group International’s 24th Annual Rising Star Awards in the New Retail Concept Category

November 30, 2020 03:54 PM Eastern Standard Time

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fashwire Founder and CEO Kimberly Carney has been named as a top three finalist for The Fashion Group International’s 24th Annual Rising Star Awards in the New Retail Concept category. On December 17th, for the first time, winners will be announced during a live online broadcast where the industry’s most promising talent will be recognized for their creativity, vision and drive in the apparel, home, beauty and retail categories.

“We are excited to produce this event on a global platform, bringing the ceremony to all FGI regions here and abroad.” Says Maryanne Grisz, The Fashion Group International President and CEO. “It is incredibly important now, more than ever, to acknowledge new talent as they strive to work in an ever-changing marketplace.”

“I am humbled and honored to be named as a finalist for The Fashion Group International’s highly coveted Annual Rising Star Awards, particularly with the recognition being in the New Retail Concept category,” stated Fashwire Founder and CEO Kimberly Carney. “As Fashwire continually examines the exceedingly challenged fashion retail landscape, our mission, along with our Technology Partner DevelopingNow, is to use the most advanced technology and innovative tools at our disposal to reshape the fashion marketplace experience both from a B2B and B2C perspective.”

“My primary focus is partnering with technology and technology-enabled businesses. As an early adopter and investor in Fashwire, it is rewarding to see the reach and impact of Fashwire recognized by The Fashion Group International,” explained Manny Rivelo, Fashwire Advisor and Investor. “Fashwire is ultimately driving business results for brands via social networking and innovative user engagement.”

Fashwire’s web and app-based fashion discovery global platform and shopping marketplace brings forward a portfolio of 300+ emerging and established designers across 35+ countries, in the ready-to-wear, shoe and accessories space. “Fashwire’s two-sided marketplace provides an unparalleled unique opportunity for the designers on our platform and users within the digital and social media sectors,” stated Carney. “Our immersive swipe voting provides an interactive experience for the consumer giving them the ability to influence designers instantly, while brands receive vital insight into shopping behavior patterns informing them in real-time on consumer demand and leading them to increase profitability.”

“Fashwire has found a distinct pain point in the fashion marketplace and offers a disruptive solution,” stated Karsten Newbury, Gerber Technology Chief Strategy and Digital Officer and Fashwire Advisor. “How can you engage the consumer while simultaneously providing relevant data in a cost-effective way to the brands and designers? When you fuse together B2B and B2C thinking like Fashwire has, a game changing two-sided marketplace is created that leverages data for a better customer and designer experience.”

The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit, professional organization with 5000 members in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. FGI’s mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers. To do this, The Fashion Group International provides insights on major trends which is a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.

“As Fashwire continues to revolutionize the conversation between consumers and brands, their customer-focused mentality and user experiences is distinctive and compelling,” stated Torrie Dorrell, Fashwire Advisor and Investor. “It’s rewarding to see their business model and platform recognized by The Fashion Group International.”

About Fashwire:

Fashwire’s global platform provides its portfolio of 300+ designers from 35+ countries vital insight into consumer shopping behavior patterns on the popularity of new collections and future products. A two-sided marketplace, Fashwire is a B2B data hub to navigate consumer demand and increase profitability. For Consumers, Fashwire’s B2C shopping platform creates a compelling interactive experience by combining fun, immersive swipe voting with the ability to influence the designer instantly. Giving designers real-time valuable insights through a fun and seamless experience for users is what makes Fashwire the digital front runner in real-time consumer global business intelligence. Expanding on our success in the fashion industry, we are tapping into the beauty world with our launch of the BeautéWire mobile app in January 2021, a discovery channel connecting beauty brands directly to consumers offering a one-stop solution for curation and community. The company has raised $2.5M to date and is backed by a range of all-star private angel investors. For more information, visit Fashwire at You can find us on social by liking Fashwire on Facebook and following Fashwire on InstagramLinkedInPinterestTwitter and TikTok.

About The Fashion Group International

Founded in 1930 by 17 accomplished women, The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit association whose mission is to provide resources, connections and career support for 5000 members. The Fashion Group International is an essential industry resource to connect members to information, inspiration, education, events, industry leaders, global resources, historic archives, established professionals, new talent, innovators, tastemakers and award winners, and most importantly each other.

Important Note to Editors:

Please use any part of this announcement with our compliments and full permission. We require that you credit us as the source and convey our name as Fashwire. You may also direct your audience to our website and We can be found @fashwire and @fginyc on social media.


For Media Inquiries:
Kimberly Carney
Tel + 1 206.707.5775

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