This month, stylish students from San Francisco area schools are filing into 826 Valencia for ModCloth’s first-ever fashion writing workshop. Yes, you heard us! For four weeks, we’re running an after-school class called Catwalk or Run: Fashion Writing for the Fearless, and are excited to share a peek at what we’ve been up to.
We kicked off our first class by inviting one of our team leads to model a ModCloth outfit for the students to describe, using adjectives we brainstormed together, and since then they’ve tackled stylebook writing, street style, and more.
This year marks the 10th anniversary for 826 Valencia, a nationally renowned non-profit organization co-founded by Dave Eggers and Ninive Calegari when they recognized the need for volunteers to support the public school system. Through a wide range of free-to-the-public programs and one-on-one tutoring for students ages six to eighteen, 826 — as locals call it — is now one of the most successful tutoring programs in the country. Their quirky pirate shop storefront serves as a welcoming gateway to the space, while also satisfying requirements that the inner-city building be used as a retail space.
All we have to say is, “Watch out, Vogue!”
Stay tuned for more coverage of our collaborations with 826 Valencia, or check out the tech-based tour at our Pittsburgh office for more on our outreach projects!