june, 2019

28jun8:30 am10:00 amDesign Museum Mornings: Solutioneers to UnicornsIndustry:All,Consumer ProductsType of Event:EducationRegion:Portland Metro


Event Details

How might the world’s unicorns uplift designers of the future by engaging with their former selves?

A ‘unicorn’ has many definitions – primarily, it is used in reference to an individual who has surpassed the odds and become successful within their given field. In Portland, a unicorn is often described as a woman of color who has obtained a successful career as a designer. Our city is flush with aspiring creatives who bring their personal and professional experience to the table, expanding design as we know it and creating impactful products and services to broader communities. For these individuals, a mentor is key; someone who has become a proud unicorn and aims to give back to their younger selves by sharing their expertise and wisdom, thereby boosting the potential impact of the design industry.

Angela Medlin, Founder of FAAS and House Dogge, is one such unicorn. From a decades-long career in functional apparel design, Angela embarked on a new journey to take aspiring designers from around the world under her wing and give them intensive, hands-on, mentorship-based, real-world experience and education at FAAS – the Functional Apparel and Accessories Studio.

Join Angela for a morning of inspirational storytelling as she delves into her personal history becoming a successful functional apparel designer, and how she took the leap to apply everything she learned to invigorating a new generation of diverse ‘Solutioneers.’

About the Speaker

Angela Medlin, Founder of FAAS (The Functional Apparel & Accessories Studio), is changing the face(s) of the apparel industry. She built a successful career designing and directing for renowned global brands that include Nike/Jordan, Adidas, The North Face, Levi Strauss & Co., Eddie Bauer, and Cross Colours. In 2017, Angela left her leadership position at Nike/Jordan brand to collaborate with Dwayne Edwards, Founder of Pensole Footwear Academy. Working in partnership, their shared goal is to close the gap between under-represented creatives and the footwear/apparel industry. Together, they are preparing the next generation of diverse designers in an unprecedented ‘learn while doing’ program in FAAS.

$15 tickets in advance, $20 at the door. This is a cash-free event. Doors open at 8:30 am, presentation begins at 9:00 am. Breakfast will be served.

What is Design Museum mornings?
Design Museum Mornings is a monthly event series brought to you by Design Museum Portland. These events are meant to inspire you before your day begins and bring you closer to the Design Museum Portland community. Each event will include a short presentation by a local thought-leader, free breakfast, and great people to wake up with. These events are hosted and sponsored by various generous businesses of the Greater Portland area. If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please check out our host page here for more information.


(Friday) 8:30 am - 10:00 am


FAAS (Functional Apparel and Accessories Studio)

412 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209


Design Museum Portland

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