New York’s summer STITCHED Fashion Camp inspires young designers

STITCHED Fashion Camp is the place where fashion dreams can come true, offering a two week summer camp for kids with a desire to sew and design.

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Joe Zee and Rob Younkers launched STITCHED three summers ago. Zee, Editor in Chief of Yahoo Style and former creative director of Elle, launched the program with Younkers, a fashion designer and Adjunct Associate Professor at Parsons the New School for Design in The School of Fashion. In an article by Yahoo Style, Zee says that he and Younkers wanted to create a place that could be a creative outlet “where kids could come and express their inner Coco Chanels without judgment—or grades.”

This year, STITCHED camp was taken to a new level through an exclusive partnership with Target. Zee says that the children’s category at Target is still relatively untapped, which was the inspiration for Target day at camp this year.

Julie Guggemos, senior vice president of Product Design and Development at Target, dropped by the camp to gain some inspiration from the up-and-coming designers. She also hosted two classes with donated supplies. Target News reports that during her visit, Guggemos taught the campers how to personalize a basic denim jacket.

Boys and girls ages 8-16 can design in the Project Runway-styled workroom at the East Hampton camp for either a one or two week period during the month of July. A two week session figures at $2000.

With the lessons and the unparalleled experience of working with people like Zee and Younkers, it is likely that the next Tory Burch or Ralph Lauren is sitting right in front of them at STITCHED.

Images via Instagram from STITCHED Camp