Leah Frazier is a leading FashionPreneur™ and was recognized as one of Dallas' most successful women for 2015. In addition to this elite recognition, Leah received the “Rising Star” award for fashion blogging by Fashion Group International of Dallas in 2017, and was also nominated as one of the Best Journalists of 2017 by Cosign Magazine. She is a multi-licensed attorney turned fashion guru, who unapologetically left the practice of law to pursue her fashion ventures.
Leah has built a multi-faceted empire as an award-winning fashion journalist, media personality, celebrity stylist, digital marketing expert, and in-demand fashion consultant to notable brands. In addition to being a brand ambassador for the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, Leah leads the fashion track for Dallas Start-Up Week, and founded Fashion Connext, which boasts over 300 fashion entrepreneur members since its inception in early 2016.
Leah has been featured on Vogue.com, CBS Local, Chase TV, Fox TV, Good Morning Texas, Haute Living Magazine, and many other outlets as an expert in fashion. Leah has cultivated top-tier partnerships with Belk, Cantu Beauty, The Adolphus Hotel, Marshall's, Via Spiga, Vogue, NeoBantu, Clark's Shoes, Brahmin, Neiman Marcus, Warner Bros., and more.
Find Leah on Instagram & Twitter: @TheLeahFrazier
Q & A With Leah
Why did you get involved with Dallas Startup Week?
I was initially a panelist for the inaugural Dallas Startup Week and I have now been the Fashion Track Captain for the last two Dallas Startup Weeks. I got involved because I wanted to ensure that fashion entrepreneurs and start-ups received the best education, tips, or advice as possible to help their businesses prosper.
What are you looking forward to in being a Track Captain?
I'm looking forward to another incredible year. Each year is just another StartUp Week to bring forth new information on technology, business strategies, etc. Because we are in a creative industry, the business aspect of what we do often goes neglected. Dallas Startup Week has been an integral part in supporting the fashion industry as far as business education and acumen is concerned. I'm excited to help businesses, to connect individuals, and to hopefully change lives.
What is your favorite part about Dallas Startup Week?
My favorite part of Dallas Startup Week is meeting other CEO's, entrepreneurs or small business owners. I'm a huge people person, so I'm inspired by some of the stories of individuals here in Dallas thriving in the Startup space.
What should attendees look forward to in participating in your Track?
As always, they should look forward to cutting edge concepts as it pertains to digital media, marketing, technology and e-commerce platforms. This year I would like to add more of a social aspect to the track so that people can connect and collaborate on initiatives throughout 2018.
The first word or phrase that comes to mind when you think of our local startup community?
How will your expertise contribute to Dallas Startup Week?
I'm a unicorn in the fashion world spanning jobs from styling, show production, influencer marketing to media. Since I touch all aspects of the industry and work hand in hand with all of the key players (designers, retailers, hair and makeup artists, media, photographers, models, buyers,) as well as serving on the board for Fashion Group International, I feel as though I listen to the needs of my fashion community and will work hard to get them the answers that they need in order to be successful.
If you could be one cartoon character, who would it be and why?
Oh my goodness, why is this so hard? LOL If I could be a cartoon character it would be Winnie The Pooh. I love to eat and I love honey -- I think my cute little pooch I'm getting as I get older is soft and cuddly like Winnie's. Ha!