Fashion Mamas® is the first members-only network for influential mothers who work in fashion and creative industries. Founded by fashion editor Natalie Alcala, this stylish and modern group offers monthly members-only events where mamas can network, collaborate, talk business, talk motherhood, and seek non-judgmental support — all while watching our little ones grow together.
This badass and supportive community defies the industry's competitive reputation and instead work together to make magic happen. Many new businesses and collaborations have been born here; this is called #FashionMamasSynergy. Fashion Mamas currently has more than 400 members worldwide.
Fashion Mamas was founded in December 2014, when Natalie's son Diego was just three months old. A senior editor at the time, Natalie developed the idea to build an exclusive community of like-minded women who understood the juggle — and struggle! — of being a mother with a demanding career in fashion. There were so many inspiring, cool moms in her field and other creative professions that she wanted to connect, so she decided to host an intimate brunch for them at The Grove, Los Angeles. The ten women who attended became her first Fashion Mamas members.
Word quickly spread of the first-of-its-kind paid membership program for mothers. Ten members quickly grew to 50, then quickly grew to 100. Today, there are more than 230 members in Fashion Mamas' flagship chapter, Los Angeles, and members range from editors and bloggers to designers and stylists to models and entertainers to artists and makers to creative entrepreneurs and publicists. Here you can ask anyone for a garment rack to borrow for a shoot, and then a babysitter to watch your little one while you're on the shoot — everyone gets it.
As interest poured in from other cities, Fashion Mamas officially launched its New York chapter in December 2015. Today, there are more than 70 members on the East Coast. Summer 2016 saw the launch of a San Francisco chapter, and to date there are more than 50 members in the Bay Area. For those who don't live in a Fashion Mamas event city, the FM Global program offers the same member resources and networking opportunities for our worldwide women. Today there are FM Global members across the globe, from Texas to Tokyo.
MARCH 22, 2015
Fashion Mamas launched its first-ever Kids Fashion Fair, a unique marketplace that shines a light on today's coolest independent kids brands. The debut KFF took place at The Grove, Los Angeles, and there have been seven shows since then. Each KFF draws hundreds of stylish families and has been the launch pad for many cult-favorite brands. KFF is going on tour to San Francisco and New York this year!
OCTOBER 22, 2015
Fashion Mamas coined the hashtag #MamasMakingIt and teamed up with Soho House to host its debut Mamas Making It panel, which provides insight on how inspiring women balance successful careers with motherhood. With Natalie in the moderator's seat, the popular panel's first four speakers were Joy Cho, Mandana Dayani, Samantha Wennerstrom, and Sarah Gibson Tuttle. There have been many panels across LA, NY, and SF since then, and speakers have included Catt Sadler, Chriselle Lim, Rebecca Minkoff, and more members.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
Fashion Mamas partnered with Lululemon to host the launch party for #FashionMamasFitness, a program that offers FM members a fun and encouraging way to squeeze in a workout while their little ones play in the same room (or nearby with assisted childcare). Activewear partners for our FMF series have included Lululemon, Athleta, Sweaty Betty, and Year of Ours.
DECEMBER 1, 2016
Fashion Mamas opened its first retail store, the Kids Fashion Fair Pop-Up Shop. The five-day experience took place in a gorgeous 1,900-square-foot space at Platform Culver City and featured tons of indie kids shopping, a play area, a crafting station, and daily events hosted by FM members. #FMKFFPOPUP received hundreds of visitors during its limited run.
MARCH 26, 2017
Fashion Mamas produced its first art show, which was also the Los Angeles debut of seven-year-old Filipina-Mexican American artist Giana. The show was titled "It's A Cool Cool World" and took place at female creative space Jig+Saw in Downtown Los Angeles. Tons of stylish families attended the show, and it received coverage from a variety of lifestyle platforms, including MISSBISH, Hypebae, and DoLA.
APRIL 15, 2017
Fashion Mamas debuted its new destination event series, Mama Mirage. The Palm Springs celebration was named "the first Coachella event formally billed as family-friendly" by BizBash, and offered Fashion Mamas couples the same fun they'd have sans littles, but in a kid-welcoming environment. 45 families traveled to the desert to experience the magic; relive the day by watching our Mama Mirage video here.