Milwaukee native and Columbia College alum Kelvin Haydon won the North Avenue/Fond Du Lac BID 32 business plan competition and is over the moon excited about moving into to the newly renovated mixed use building located at 2025 W. Fond Du Lac Avenue. Haydon known for his dramatic run way fashions is quickly gaining well deserved attention for his daily wear.
Haydon is no stranger to the fashion scene, he began his career working for clothing manufacturer JH Collectibles and the fashion house of Marc Jacobs. Since 1991 Kelvin has been making a name for himself with avant-garde fashions. Most notable are his runway designs that pay homage to old Hollywood, Haydon is now making his mark on daily wear.
The winner of the 2012 Little Rock Fashion week is taking his designs off the runway and into the homes of everyday people who have a keen eye for great fashion. Although Kelvin has been designing professionally for over ten years. He feels like he is just starting to enjoy his talents and the opportunity it brings. When asked about his hesitation with success, he explains that the road is complicated and it has been filled with life lessons and responsibility.
A father and most recently a Grandfather, Kelvin is more methodical with his work and now looking to build a legacy for his children. “For a while, I stopped liking what I was doing and took a regular job. I soon learned that I am not built to work for someone else. I found myself falling in love with designing again and made sure to work with people who can afford to pay for my work and understand that there is more to it than just sewing two pieces of cloth together.”
He understands that not all the Milwaukee community, can afford to pay for runway fashions and has a plan to produce clothing accessible to wide range of people looking to dress in quality clothing.
When asked what he hopes to accomplish if he wins the competition, “I want to create traffic stopping windows with my fashions. I want to get people that race through our community to slow down and see the beauty we create; I want to dress people in well-designed stylishly fit clothing at an affordable price. I want to expand the brand of KH Design and give people an opportunity to explore my work in an atmosphere conducive to a full shopping experience.”
Kelvin prides himself in creating unique fashions and the fact that some of his designs are not massed produced could mean that some fortunate woman will be wearing a one of a kind ensemble. Now what lucky lady wouldn’t want that?
KH Designs will celebrate its grand opening in January, 2016.
Business Development Workshops
A premier program offered to the the BID members is the Business Development Workshops Program. The Marketplace BID 32 is one of the few BIDs in the country that offer these comprehensive educational workshops to business owners and the community to help them achieve their entrepreneurial goals.
Checkout our event listing for upcoming workshops.
Please find below more information about other ongoing projects in the BID 32 area :
The Fondy North Economic Development Corporation's mission is to facilitate asset, business, entrepreneurial and job development activities that revitalizes targeted communities. It will focus its work on wealth building, employment economic and business development.
The Fondy North Economic Development Corporation was envisioned by members of the North Avenue Marketplace Business Improvement District #32 Board of Directors in 2011. The Fondy North Economic Development Corporation's mission is to facilitate asset and wealth sustainability in the community it serves. Focused on business, entrepreneurial, job development, home ownership and financial literacy activities that revitalize targeted city neighborhoods .
In 2012 the Fondy North EDC (FoNEDC) will host major events like the Black Men Standing, community sustainability conference, high level workshops and seminars, and develop an area business association. The EDC collaborates with diverse partners who has a commitment to economic development goals that enhances the viability of neighborhood commercial corridors, that increase employment options for neighborhood residents, that develops comprehensive financial literacy and personal development and education programs and projects that can decrease foreclosed properties in our city.
The Fondy North EDC will continue to develop projects that improve the wealth and assets attainment of community residents. Additionally the EDC will concentrate its efforts on increasing the triple bottom line of entrepreneurs and micro-businesses on commercial corridors and neighborhood main streets. The Fondy North EDC was created to be a foundation for prosperity in distressed neighborhoods and communities.
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Established in 2004, the North Avenue/Fond du Lac Marketplace Business Improvement District was created to advance the economic and environmental goals of local businesses, entrepreneurs and community organizations in the BID 32 service area. The BID’s Boundaries are North Avenue from 8th to 27the Street and Fond du Lac Avenue from 17th to 27th Streets.
Please help us welcome to the community:
- Impact Seven
- Seaway Bank
- Legacy Redevelopment Corporation
The Fondy North EDC/BID32 Main Street has launched an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs interested in starting or growing their business venture in a thriving Milwaukee neighborhood. Join the FNEDC/Marketplace BID 32 Main Street along with local property owners with a commitment to fill its retail and office spaces with entrepreneurs with an emerging, unique and compelling business idea.