Simon Collins and Julie Gilhart open the Garage to help others with Fine Tuning


By Kenneth Richard | The Impressionist

As any aspiring rock god, silicon valley techno maven or fashion start-up will tell you, the best of the best started out in one place – the garage. No room has single-handedly inspired so much creativity. With that in mind, fashion industry icons Simon Collins and Julie Gilhart are launching their very own ‘Fashion Garage,’ offering free advice and conversation to those looking to put their own garage to good use.

Sage advice and wisdom in fashion can be more than a little difficult to come by these days, but Collins and Gilhart had been looking for a project to partner on together while giving back to the industry that has been so good to them.

Simon Collins Fashion Garage photo

Simon Collins

Collins most recently served a 7 year stretch as Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons and certainly knows his way around both start ups and mega fashion conglomerates. Prior to Parsons, Collins spent 20 years as designer/creative director for firms from Nike to Zegna. Today he advises fashion houses as well as those who work with those houses on how to grow in a difficult fashion climate.

Julie Gilhart fashion Garage Photo

Julie Gilhart

Gilhart spent 18 years as the Fashion Director of Barneys New York, earning a reputation of championing nascent talent while growing one of the most emulated and exciting retail shopping destinations in the world. Today Gilhart is a highly sought after advisor for luxury groups, mass and online retailers, and prestigious brands.

Between the two, Collins and Gilhart cover a tremendous amount of fashion ground with the mechanics and tools to help not only the aspiring garage crew, but also those who have taken their wheels out for a spin.

The monthly program will kick off this upcoming Monday, August 3rd in NYC from 6PM to 7:30PM at Neuehouse, located at 110 east 25th Street. The event is free and simply requires an RSVP to TinyUrl.Com/FashionGarage. Or if you can’t make it first hand, Simon and Julie will be fielding questions from Twitter (@SimonCollins08 & @JulieGilhart).

The gift of giving is a rare gift indeed and The Impression is looking forward to seeing what next big idea comes from inside the Fashion Garage. Perhaps the first hybrid rock-tech-fashion god firm?