For a born-and-bred Ferndale girl like Fotoula Lambros, moving to Detroit is all excitement. And finding out that her Hatch Detroit venture,
, is a finalist in the competition for $50,000 didn't hurt. Suffice to say, it's been a busy month for Lambros, who made waves as co-founder of Femilia Couture before launching her own label, Fotoula Lambros Design
, this year. And a new line needs new digs, which inspired Lambros to move her home and design studio to Eastern Market's Sugar Lofts.
"This is my first time living in the city, even though I've been around here forever," Lambros says. Though she knew she'd eventually relocate her studio space to Detroit, she says, "I didn't want to make any quick changes while I started my new line." The label celebrates, as Lambros says, ecologically-conscious and multi-functional ready-to-wear that's all Michigan-made.
The 1,500 sq. ft. two-bedroom loft is mostly dedicated to Lambros' emerging business, which will be available to purchase online at fotoulalambrosdesign.com
by the 2011 holidays. "I live and work amongst everything," she says of the arrangement. Her long-term goal? Opening a designated studio/office space for FLD in Capitol Park.
"I don't know why I'm so drawn to that area," Lambros says. "That's definitely somewhere where I want to lay my foundation."
Source: Fotoula Lambros, owner, Fotoula Lambros Design
Writer: Ashley C. Woods