Uptown Fashion Week: How One Woman Created A Local Global Movement | Forbes

BY Brian Rashid

Albania Rosario, Founder of Uptown Fashion Week

Albania Rosario, Founder of Uptown Fashion Week

When Albania Rosario arrived to the United States from the Dominican Republic at age 18, she came alone. She did not speak a word of English. Not one word. But sometimes, vision speaks louder than words. Sometimes not even a basic lingusitic understanding is needed to achieve greatness. Albania is a perfect example.

Albania Rosario is the founder and creator of Uptown Fashion Week, a fashion company that provides designers from Latin America an opportunity to showcase their talent during the infamous New York City Fashion Week. Four years ago, she started with a one day show and six designers. Last week, she brought 32 designers from all over Latin America for a week long exhibition. She works with the most talented designers in the world who would otherwise not have access to NYC Fashion week. She finds them, calls them, sponsors them, and brings them to New York City. Then magic happens. Dreams come true. She shared her story of success and key learnings with me. They are both insightful and inspiring.

Most people think it is impossible to start a global company, so they never begin. But Albania shows us the best way to start a worldwide movement is to start in your own backyard, with people who believe in what you are trying to do. Since Uptown Fashion Week’s focus is to bring global designers “Uptown” Manhattan, she first sought help from the City Councilman of Northern Mahattan’s neighborhood of Washington Heights, Ydanis Rodriguez. Ydanis connected Albania to funding and sponsors. He helped secure the illustrious United Palace for last three seasons.

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Check out our pics of Uptown Fashion Week courtesy of our very own Marcus Johnson.

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