Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer: Gwen Bates

Name: Gwen Bates





Age: 35 years young

Title: Founder/Head Designer of GFASH

Married/Single: Married 14 years (straight out of high school)

Kids: 2 tweens and 1 teen / all girls! (A mix of drama and fun)

City you live in: Naples Italy

A typical day in my life includes…

an Italian cappuccino, working online as a freelancer, networking to make business connections for GFASH, planning business activities and operations, spending time with my spouse, unlimited mom duties and volunteering as mediator.  

I was born…

in a little town of Oceanside California to two love birds who were military police. They still are together now and I am still their bundle of joy…even at age 35 ☺

My favorite thing about Arizona…

Stratum in Phoenix, AZ is the home of the largest indoor laser tag arena in the WORLD! Created by Universal Studios.

I’m listening to

Brian Tracy, Daymond John, Belinda Elsworth and Benny Hinn. On best business practices.

My family…

is very important and the reason why I decided to start GFASH and work from home. It is important for me to be hands on and involved in their life no matter how brutal the puberty years can be.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

Martha Stewart.

One thing I cannot live without…

my flat iron.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a doctor. I went to college and began the pre-med course work and then decided to switch my major to business and minor in dance!

I’m inspired by…

humans who smile and are positive.

The one person who motivates me is…

my husband.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

the way social media is used.

The perfect day would be

wakeup to GFASH hitting record high sell goals in my sleep. As I get dressed for the day I picture myself walking out my room and seeing my children greet me with a smile and adoration without fighting (operating in perfect harmony with each other). What would make the day even better is if my husband has cleaned entire the house, makes breakfast, lunch, dinner and mows the lawn. That would be perfect.  

My first job was…

data entry/sales rep for a small janitorial business.

My favorite escape…

my kitchen – not to eat but to reflect and pray. It is an Italian kitchen therefore it has 3 entries and a fire place etc… it truly is the heart of the house and it’s where I go at the end of the day.  

My life

is wonderful. I can’t complain. Though some days can be undesirable, God’s blessed my family abundantly. We are all still alive, healthy, have each-other and opportunity to thrive.

I’m currently working on…

cutting down on breads and sugars! My weakness. (Very difficult being in Italy)


remember each day is gift and live with purpose. Be kind to others!


hold a grudge, it’s bad for your health.

Favorite Quote…

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and sometimes it may be necessary to give a misinformed beholder a black eye” – Miss Piggy

Biggest Dream…

to create an empire like Barbara Corcoran. I want to build a quality business with quality products that create wealth and a legacy for my family.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

people who consistently post what they eat!!!!!

Gwen Bates will be showing her designer collection during Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort October 4 – 7, 2017. Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest bridging the gap between national and international designers, premier retailers and top fashion media garnering global exposure for Arizona’s fashion industry.

Through educational fashion seminars, year-round fashion events, and charitable partnerships, Phoenix Fashion Week is gaining rapid acclaim for its community-service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest. For more information and tickets click here. Follow Phoenix Fashion Week on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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