MDC’s Miami Fashion Institute to Present Speaker Series with Designer Valentino Vettori and Fashion Blogger Claire Sulmers

Miami, Sept. 12, 2018- Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Fashion Institute (MFI), will host a Speaker Series with experiential retail designer Valentino Vettori on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at noon, and the industry’s leading fashion blogger Claire Sulmers on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at noon, at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

After working for more than 20 years in the fashion industry, Vettori’s focus has shifted to designing experiential retail spaces. His personal focus is to create a new sustainable platform of environmental interactive installations. The mission of his new company, Arcadia, is to create awareness of existing solutions to environmental problems, engage and excite guests to participate in the process, and connect individuals, brands and communities to enable organic actions for a better leaving.  During his talk, Vettori will introduce a special sustainability student project and award cash prizes to the students.

Sulmers is the founder of, and the industry’s leading fashion blogger chronicling fashionistas of color. Her pioneering work ushered in a new wave of digital journalism that fueled an under-served community of African-American and Latino style lovers wanting to know more about brand from the culture. She has done extensive style writing for other platforms including Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, and ESSENCE Magazine. Her body of work and online following – now numbered above one million – has made Sulmers the influencer of choice for major corporate brands who want to reach her audience including Toyota, Reebok, Verizon, and others. She is the author of “The Bomb Life” and is now working on her second book.

MFI is an international fashion hub and the only one of its kind at a public higher learning institution in Florida. Housed at MDC Wolfson Campus, MFI offers degrees in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising.  MFI works with local and international designers to develop a 21st century skilled workforce that supports industry growth and demand. To learn more, visit or RSVP at


WHAT:              MFI Speaker Series with Valentino Vettori and Claire Sulmers


WHEN:             Wednesday, Sept. 19, noon – Valentino Vettori

Wednesday, Oct. 17, noon – Claire Sulmers


WHERE:           MDC Wolfson Campus, MDC Live Arts Lab, Bldg. 1, 300 N.E. Second Ave.


For more information, contact Asanyah Davidson, MFI Chairperson,