Fashion, art and new landmark North Loop at Graze event

Fashion, art and new landmark North Loop at Graze event


May 31, 2022

An outdoor event in Graze this Wednesday June 1 will be part fashion show, part music festival and part live art exhibition.

And one of the artists will put the finishing touches on a new 6-foot North Loop monument that will begin to appear in the neighborhood, promoting local businesses and artists.

The event is called Retrograde. And while some front lawn events will be free, those with the best views of all activity will be in the VIP area on the roof terrace. Tickets include drink vouchers, gift cards and a goody bag.

“We wanted to showcase local creative talent, so we reached out to a local designer, Mike Byers of Energy Gear,” said Stasi Leahy, marketing director at Graze. “He was also on the same page, like how can we attract more community? So, instead of just being a fashion show, there will be an artist show from 4-6 p.m. in the courtyard, and there will be live paintings, musicians, court games, and drink specials.

The new North Loop sculpture will feature the letters “nl” on a lighted plexiglass base. Leahy said that instead of placing this sculpture in a permanent location, it will periodically appear in different parts of the neighborhood, with QR codes attached highlighting local businesses and artists.

The fashion show will feature five different designers. The VIP area opens at 7:00 a.m. but other lawn events start at 4:00 a.m. For more information, check out Graze’s social media accounts.

By Mike Binkley, North Loop Volunteer

Joseph K. Bennett