Fashion on Your Feed: How Clicks Forever Changed an Industry

We’re kicking off our upcoming Style & Design issue with a talk tailored to the fashion enthusiast. A first for EIGHTY Live, we’re bringing together a panel of experts currently thriving in the fashion industry. Jersey City’s own Denny Balmaceda, menswear blogger and influencer; Eric Cano, casting director and founder of Cano Castings; and Nick Pastula, co-founder and CMO of Galore Media, Inc. will discuss with us the evolution of fashion and how social media, particularly Instagram, has changed the way every day Joes and Janes experience everything from simple street style to haute couture.

The discussion will include personal stories of when and how our panelists got their start in fashion and steps they took to become industry professionals. By the end, you'll walk away with tips and insights on:

  • How to become an influencer in the fashion industry
  • How to identify the right influencer to work with
  • How NYFW has evolved

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 8:30
Where: &co, 201 Montgomery St., 2nd Fl., Jersey City, NJ 07302

6:30 pm Doors open | Refreshments available (complimentary wine)
7:00 pm Chat (runs 40-60 minutes)
8:00 Audience Q&A
8:10 Mingle and hang

DENNY BALMACEDA, Menswear fashion blogger
Denny is a menswear blogger who hails from the Jersey City area. In 2007, way before #ootd and personal style Instagram accounts, Denny was the person bombarding your Facebook feed with pictures of his daily outfits. Since then, via his blog and social media, he has inspired 100k+ global followers to dress confidently for themselves. 

He has worked with brands like Apple, Cadillac, Louis Vuitton, GQ and Armani.

ERIC CANO, Founder, Cano Castings
Eric is a casting director based in the NYC area. He is owner and creative director of Cano Castings, a full-service agency providing the finest in casting and consulting services. He has collaborated with some of the brightest up and coming photographers, fashion designers, stylists and creative minds in the world and boasts a diverse roster of clients.

He has worked brands like STAMPD, Lively, Simon Miller, Deveaux NY, Maiden Noir, JackThreads, Thrillist Media Group, and Schott NYC in addition to publications such as NYLON and High Snobiety.

Eric is a life-long resident of Jersey City, New Jersey.

NICK PASTULA, Co-founder & CMO, Galore Media Inc.
An entrepreneur and expert brand builder, Nick currently is Co-founder/CMO of Galore Media Inc., a talent centric media brand celebrating the creative class of Gen Z/Y woman. Nick's focus includes business strategy, development, partnerships, influencer, creative and brand marketing. Galore has quickly established itself as a leader in cultural leading content and in influencer marketing with its in-house agency Kitten. As an independent media consultant with expertise in the fashion industry, Nick worked with clients such as SPIN as Executive Fashion Director. Prior to establishing himself independently, Nick was the Fashion + Luxury Director at Travel + Leisure magazine. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ with his wife and family.


About &co
Located on the second floor of Charles & Co., &co is Jersey City's premiere social and cultural workplace. Designed for the passionate and productive, &co is a place where people can dream bigger, work better, and imagine more.

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