CFDAdventures with Roopal Patel: Dallas

Roopal Patel, founder of Roopal Patel Consulting, a creative consultancy specializing in brand development and positioning, retail strategy, trend forecasting and brand building in the digital space, has been a mentor and consultant for the {FASHION INCUBATOR} since the program’s inception in 2010. As a business mentor, Roopal works closely with the emerging designers on several aspects of their business, from product assortment and merchandising, to retail and distribution strategy.

Last week Roopal’s guidance was invaluable as our {FASHION INCUBATOR} designers presented their collections to a bevy of Dallas’s top retailers and buyers.

Here, Roopal shares her experiences and Instagram photos, in a new travel series from the CFDA:

The best part of fashion in another city…is being able to visit and shop some of the local boutiques. I am obsessed with Forty Five Ten! The store owner, Brian Bolke, walked us through this jewel of a store. Forty Five Ten has one of the best assortments in America! I loved hearing him speak about his clients in Dallas. There is no doubt  that the ladies of Dallas love fashion.

In my suitcase you can always find…my Celine Leopard print hair calf espadrilles. They are the perfect travel shoe for summer!

My favorite part of the Dallas Showcase experience was… having so much time with the designers beforehand. We spent a good 8 weeks prepping for the showcase. My favorite moment was being there while they presented their collection to 50 of Dallas’s top style influencers. I was so proud of them! The showcase was amazing!

While in Dallas, I made sure  to…make my way through the local fares that Dallas in known for. Some of my favorites are Sissy’s and Mi Cocina.

If someone I knew was visiting Dallas, I would tell them to…check out the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Contemporary.