Tune in on Thursday, July 13 at 11:00 am MST on Fashion Forward Radio when I interview April Hoy, local designer and founder of Running Stitch Industries.

To listen:  Today’s Woman Network


A fashion & costume designer, April Hoy has 15 years of experience in major theatre environments such as the Colorado Ballet, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Opera Colorado, David Taylor Dance Theater and the Palm Springs Follies.

Prior to design school and working in theatre, she was a bead artist in Southern California in the late 80′s and early 90′s.  She had her own small business as a freelance artist but briefly worked for Barbara Grimes, clothing designer in Solana Beach, that provided stage clothing for Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and many other celebrities under her Gossamer Wings label.  During her time there she realized that she needed to learn how to sew and make patterns so that she could take on the work of designing her own garments.

She initially studied from 1992-1994 in a two year Professional Sewing Program at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver.  She went on to attend the Fashion Design Program from 2000-2002 at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California.

In addition to her theatre experience she was also an industrial softgoods designer creating soft tops for Jeep through Chrysler’s exclusive vendor and creating fabric coverings for two major artcar projects.    She served as a restoration assistant to Faye Walcher, Owner of Conservators of Fine Fabrics, a textile restoration company in California.  While there, she worked on the restoration of several private collections and museum collections, including a 250 year old Tibetan thangka, a victorian beaded purse collection belonging to the Whittier Historic Society and the historic uniform collection belonging to the Los Angeles Police Historic Society.  Though coincidental, it was especially meaningful because her father and grandfather are both retired LAPD police officers.

She currently owns the Aprilenchanted Atelier and is currently designing her own line of clothing.

Work Highlights

* Costume Designer, Chicago, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Teens, 2011
* Costume Designer, Willy Wonka, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, 2011
* Costume Designer, Alice in Wonderland, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids
* Designer/Engineer, Stage Projection Screens, DeVotchKa, 2011 Tour
* Featured Artist & Designer for Host, Denver Art Talk w/ Eric Matelsky, 2011
* Instructor, sewing skills for children and adults, Aprilenchanted Design Studio/The Art Salon Gallery & Studios – 2009 to current
* Designer/Engineer, Fabric coverings for Enchanted Mushroom Forest artcar project, Burning Man 2010
* Designer/Faux Fur Engineer for The Seed Heartcar project, Burning Man 2009.
* Wardrobe/Stitcher for the Palm Springs Follies. 2008
* Costumer for ‘Ballerina’ episode of MTV Made to be aired in late January 2008.
* On-set tailor on photo shoot for Men’s Journal Magazine with the U.S. Men’s Ski Team. 2007
* Touring Costume Mistress, Nutcracker, David Taylor Dance Theatre, 2006
* Costume Designer, Medusa, David Taylor Dance Theatre, 2006


Running Stitch Industries was born out here in the West from a need to have and provide services to our burgeoning fashion and apparel industries.

Colorado has gained much ground as being one of the most sought after places to live and work.  As a result, we’ve had a lot newcomers with fashion industry skills moving here to run their design businesses and enjoy the Colorado lifestyle.

But we had been lacking in services to these good folks.  A real frustration, to say the least.  Many of them utilizing service providers in L.A., New York and China, which can make developing your product properly very difficult to control.  Being in the same vicinity as your product development team is a much better option.

So, several of us industry professionals banded together at the Denver Design Incubator and are working as a team that provides you with the necessary services to get you all the way from concept to final product. The American West has always been a place for innovators and do-it-yourself types and Running Stitch Industries operates from those same ideas.

The members of our Wildhorse Team!

April Hoy – Founder/Director

Tricia Hoke – Product Developer

Natalie Waltrip – Product Developer

Lauren Kemp – Pattern Grading & Marking

Ana Cecilia Martinez – Sample Maker

Kristen Littlejohn-Lasker – Showroom Representation



Imagine a Day Without Hate? My guest Adam Baca can tell us all about it in our interview on Pay It Forward Radio at 11:00 am MST on July 10 at 11:00 am MST.

To listen:  MileHi Radio


Adam Baca is a health and fitness entrepreneur and social activist here in Denver CO. Seven years ago as a high school senior he helped start A Day Without Hate. A grassroots organization that implements peace, unity, respect, and awareness in schools from Kindergarden to college nationally and internationally. He is a life enthusiast that has a mission to improve the quality of life for others for a better world.

Day Without Hate

Day Without Hate is a student led, grassroots organization that promotes nonviolence, unity, and respect in our schools. After the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, students at Standley Lake High School asked their classmates to wear white in order to show a commitment and trust in each other to make their school a safer place. The day was an overwhelming success.

Since then, students across Colorado and the nation have taken this incredibly positive day to their communities to say that we will not tolerate violence or hate, and we will reach out to friends and acquaintances and say, “We’re all in this together.” This year, we’re hoping you can create a Day without Hate in your school.




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