It started as a long-standing family dream - a place where artists could create and showcase their work.
Katy Larsen, the creator of The Agora Borealis located in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, said she was looking for a way to feel comfortable in her new southeast home when the idea became a reality.
“In our first year of business, we tried to come up with creative ways to sell our local goods and something that was lacking was sales of wearable art by local designers,” said Larsen. So, a community of artists, family, and friends helped to launch the first fashion show in January 2015.
“It was small and was held within our store, which maxed out at 150 people,” said Larsen.
Determined to showcase wearable art and showcase sustainability with fashion, Larsen moved the fashion show around town to various venues.
Larsen said she asked designers to source local, fair trade, and sustainable fashion material. She encouraged the designers to use as many up-cycled, recycled, and reclaimed materials as possible.
“The concept grew, and the support of locals was and continues to be, reaffirming,” she said.
With a fast-growing fashion show, Larsen eventually found a partner with Caesars Entertainment.
“I was approached by a friend of mine, Mike Greer, who works at the casino to help create a fashion show,” said Larsen. That is how the partnership began with Horseshoe Bossier City.
Caesars Entertainment is a perfect fit for the sustainable fashion show. Caesars is committed to environmental stewardship across the enterprise. As part of the Corporate Code of Commitment, the company promises to preserve the planet for current and future generations.
“Katy is doing great things in the community that fit with not only Caesars’ commitment to our communities but the many issues and projects we are dedicated to improving,” said Shelli Briery, sponsorship, advertising and public relations manager at Horseshoe Bossier City. “Coming off of the CodeGreen Challenge what better way to frost the cake than with a fashion show that brings sustainability to the forefront through the works of art that a team of diverse designers created.”
Briery said the show speaks to the environment and what we are doing as a community to protect it.
“If we all care just a little bit more and put a little bit extra forward, we can live in a sustainable environment,” said Larsen.
Now, Larsen is putting on the fifth fashion show on May 31 at Dare Dayclub and Ultra Pool. In addition to providing the space for the show, Caesars HERO volunteers help with set-up, running models, staging locations and more.
“My heart smiles big on the Fashion Project, and I am excited that our team has a small part in doing something right for the community,” said Briery.