Local Female Led Collaboration of Creativity For International Women’s Day Event: Press Release
Three Iowa based companies have joined forces to bring Cedar Rapids an International Women’s Day
celebratory event with a juxtaposition of both local and international flair. Local womenswear fashion label,
WRITTEN Apparel, local brewery Lion Bridge Brewing, and local beauty brand Dollup Beauty will collaborate on
the food and fashion focused Miss en Place event being held at Lion Bridge Brewing March 6 th .
Art and creativity know many forms; this collaboration will be no exception while bringing something unique
and different to the community in the spirit of celebrating and supporting women.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – February 20, 2018 – When Emily Carlson (Founder of WRITTEN Apparel) and Ana
McClain (Co-Owner Lion Bridge Brewing) first met, it wasn’t face to face at all. Now, almost two years later, as
the two have watched their businesses grow, they find themselves collaborating on an event that supports not
only their businesses but a greater message, just in time for International Women’s Day.
“I originally connected with Ana through the crowdfunding campaign I launched in the early stages of the
WRITTEN Apparel brand,” explains Carlson. “Without ever meeting her, Ana had contributed to my campaign
and purchased a pencil skirt from my first collection in support of my vision,” Carlson continued. “A year and a
half later, I sat down to meet with Ana and learn more about her business, Lion Bridge Brewing; that’s where
the gears started turning for a collaboration like the one we have planned for the Miss en Place event being
held in March.”
“In my discussions with Ana she mentioned that her head chef at Lion Bridge was female; in fact, the majority
of her kitchen staff was female! Having worked in the food industry previously and always having an interest
in culinary arts, I knew that this was not very common, especially here locally,” Carlson said. “I had recently
hosted a food and fashion pairing event at Café Muse (North Liberty) that was very successful so I started to
think there was definitely an opportunity to replicate the concept on a grander scale while getting other
female led businesses involved, as well. Thus, the inspiration for Miss en Place was born.”
The Miss en Place event was named after a play on words around the French culinary term Mise en Place,
which translates to “everything in its place”. Each of the four small plate courses being served at the event are
inspired and created by different female chefs within the Lion Bridge Brewing kitchen. The courses will then be
paired with a complementary beer selection from the award-winning brewery. A pairing of the latest designs
from the WRITTEN Apparel Spring 2018 Collection will be showcased along with each course, as well. Runway
makeup looks will be created by celebrity makeup artist, Nikki Hynek and her Dollup Beauty team.

The Miss en Place event is open to all members of the public and will be held on March 6, 2018 from 6PM –
8PM at Lion Bridge Brewing in the Czech Village neighborhood of Cedar Rapids. Tickets are $35 and include
admittance to the event along with the four-course food and beverage pairing and exclusive premiere of the
WRITTEN Apparel Spring 2018 Collection.
More information, including ticket registration, can be found at: www.lionbridgebrewing.com or by contacting
Emily directly at emily@writtenapparel.com.