Fashion Fundraiser for Fallen Friend

Thomas Jefferson University Fashion Students Sell Streetwear Designs to Honor Recent Grad

Jefferson University’s fashion merchandising and management (FMM) students filled the Kanbar Performance Space in East Falls last month for a celebration of fashion streetwear in remembrance of one of their own.

Business was brisk at the Fashion Popup as 13 student vendors sold their streetwear creations. (Photo courtesy of Thomas Jefferson University and Robert Neroni.)

The students sold their original clothing designs and accessories to benefit this year’s charity, Children’s Miracle Network, which was selected in memory of Karigen Emig, who tragically died just months after graduating from the program earlier this year.

“Karigen loved working in the fashion industry and was motivated by the way it brings together people from different backgrounds, inspires confidence and creates change in the world. She deeply inspired everyone around her, not only through her great sense of style, but also through her positive energy, contagious work ethic, and her infectious smile,” said Julia Wazeter, Karigen’s best friend and 2021 FMM graduate who, along with Karigen’s parents, attended the Pop Up Shop event.

Students check out each other’s designs. (l to r. Nicolette Porcaro, Eliana Prado, and Alena Chuprinksy). Photo courtesy of Thomas Jefferson University and Robert Neroni.

Students’ products included shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, jewelry and hair accessories. The 13 vendors at the event sold about $2,000 of merchandise, all of which went to the Children’s Miracle Network.

For more info about the pop up, and pictures, visit Jefferson’s Nexus website.

Help the Kids
There are many ways you can help Children’s Miracle Network. Start a fundraiser, buy some swag, join gaming or dance marathons, or just make a donation. (All donations stay local and fund critical healthcare needs for kids.) More info on how to help at the Children’s Miracle Network “How to Help” tab.


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