Global Design Feature ( GDF) was founded in 2017 by Leena ( Tibrewala) Choudhary. Leena is an Asian American, living in st louis since 2001. Growing up in a business family in India, she extensively helped her Dad with his business, her entrepreneurial skills came in handy when she started her first Education business venture in 2012, offering tutoring and test prep for Grades k thru 12th, in 2016 she expanded her services to also add College counseling and study abroad services ” American College Gurus” ( ACG).Global Design Feature (GDF) started as an initiative to bring Fashion students from India to USA, as part of study abroad program and has evolved into a platform supporting local and international fashion professionals over time.
Her passion for connecting, networking and supporting immigrant community led her to the St Louis Mosaic Project, and they are now working collaboratively to support local immigrant and foreign-born entrepreneurs who are building careers and brands in the fashion and garment industry.
Leena believes “Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” – Ralph Lauren.Her passion for connecting, networking and supporting immigrant community led her to St Louis Mosaic and they are now working collaboratively to support the local, immigrant and non native residents with building their careers and brands in Fashion and Garment industry to help with Economic development of Missouri.
About St. Louis Mosaic – It is a regional initiative within the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the World Trade Center St. Louis.GDF has partnered with St. Louis Mosaics to expand access to fashion related careers in St. Louis to immigrants and non-native residents of Missouri region.
2017 Partnership with Fashion School in India to explore opportunities for collaboration 04.10.2018 – 15 workshops in 15 cities for nearly 1000 students with FIDM LA Mentor Mel Greyson, as an introduction to American Couture Fashion and Fashion Shows.09.15.2018 International Fest sponsor for LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY conducting their 1st ever Global Fashion Show 02.08.2019 1st Official NYFW fashion show with LA Fashion Magazine and Minika Ko as Anchor Designer along with St Louis designers from Lindenwood and Garo International Designer from India 09.05.19 – 09.8.19 Mentoring and Fashion Industry tours in NYC with Lindenwood and Stephens college students. Industry visits, Garment district, Moore School of Design, Stephen School of Design and Lindenwood School of Design, Mood Fabric, 09.07.2019 2nd Official NYFW Fashion show with Adonis King and LU,Stephen and Moore College 08/28/2019 1st Fashion Show in St Louis at Thrive Co 11.14.2019 2nd Fashion show in St Louis with The Vault ( upscale resale boutique ) with 6 emerging St Louis Designers