Stitch by Stitch

The American dream is a lifestyle and a state of mind. It is a sensibility that I add into the clothes that I design. It is the freedom to dream, imagine whatever you want to be, and the perseverance to achieve it stitch by stitch. More than anything else, I want to be sure that my industry continues to grow and evolve, so that it can express and reflect the rich social texture of this country.
 - Isabel Toledo from Roots of Style (Penguin Celebra Books)


The International Institute of New England, in conjunction with Massachusetts College of Art and Design, invites you to join us during Boston Fashion Week at a benefit to support The Stitching Studio.


Stitch by Stitch - a night with fashion superstars Isabel and Ruben Toledo

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Isabel Toledo is an award-winning designer and artist world famous for (among many other creations) the lemongrass ensemble worn by First Lady Michelle Obama for the 2009 presidential inauguration.

Ruben Toledo is an artist and sculptor whose fashion illustrations have appeared in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Visionaire, and the New York Times. He has created the visual fashion vocabulary for many prestigious retailers, including Nordstrom and Louis Vuitton.

Event Chairs: Sinesia Karol, Deborah Lewis, and Fran Slutsky


6:00pm | Exclusive VIP reception | A private residence in Chestnut Hill, MA
Exclusive VIP reception with Isabel and Ruben Toledo and a sneak preview of their work to be featured at the Museum of Fine Arts in 2014. Address will be provided after purchase.

8:00pm | Artists Conversation with Isabel and Ruben Toledo | Tower Auditorium, Tower Building, MassArt
A conversation with artists Isabel and Ruben Toledo, moderated by the Boston Globes style writer Christopher Muther


This event, hosted by the MassArt Fashion Design Department, will benefit the International Institutes Stitching Studio, an innovative job-skills training program that teaches new Americans sewing techniques, fabric knowledge, and basic fashion design. It was launched in 2011 and works with students from Bhutan, Iraq, Eritrea, and Somalia. Students also learn industry-specific English vocabulary, develop marketable skills, and build portfolios to help them find jobs in the textile industry.


Sponsorship Opportunities:

Gold - $5,000: 10 tickets to VIP reception and preferred seating for artists conversation

Silver - $2,500: 6 tickets to VIP reception and preferred seating for artists conversation

Bronze - $1,000: 4 tickets to VIP reception and preferred seating for artists conversation

Individual ticket - $250: 1 ticket to VIP reception and preferred seating for artists conversation

* Tickets for artists conversation only: $40

Please visit our Eventbrite page to purchase sponsorships or tickets online. Or, make your check payable to International Institute and send to One Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109, Attn: Kate ODonnell. To pay by phone, please call 617.695.9990 x112.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to make a donation, please visit our Donate page. We thank you for your support.

Questions? Please contact Kate O’Donnell,, or Corinne Mitchell,, or call 617.695.9990 x112.


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