2501 Dallas St., Suite 272

Aurora, CO

720 327-2000


Mon, Wed 12 - 8pm | Tues, Thurs, Fri 12 - 5pm

Evenings & Weekends - By Appt. | Sat. & Sun. - Closed

about us

I don't design clothes. i design dreams.

Factory Fashion is an inclusive fashion design workshop and sewing school for all ages dedicated to building your skills and making it fun. Emerging from the art collective group, Factory Five Five, Factory Fashion continues the mission of community enrichment through fashion and textile design instruction.

We are intent on disrupting the status quo, lifting innovation, creativity, and understanding to the forefront.

Our Team

Skye Barker Maa

Owner / Founder

Bio coming soon.

Nicole Watts


Nicole Watts (she/her) is a freelance Designer and Technician. She holds a Bachelor of Fine arts in Theatre and Dance Design and Production focusing on Costume Design from the University of Wyoming.

Her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Production is from Tulane University, where she concentrated in Costume and Scenic Design.

Companies and Organizations she has worked for include The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Creede Repertory Theatre, Loyola University, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The Black Hills Playhouse, Southern Rep Theatre, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, Glimmerglass Festival, and NETworks Touring.

She has taught at Southeastern Louisiana University, Tulane University, and Angelo State University.

Darlene C. Ritz, EdD


Dr. Ritz has designed in the fashion industry since 1994, in cities such as New York city, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tokyo, Toronto, London, and many others.

Darlene, a Colorado native, returned to her home state in 2014. As a scholar/practitioner, Darlene continues to craft original designs for private clients, collections for the DCR Studios label, and inspire the next generation of industry professionals. 

Sam Pietri


Sam Pietri is a graduate from Colorado State University with a double major in Communication Studies and Media Production.

Beyond her work with Factory Fashion, Sam is a professional model having walked in New York Fashion Week, Denver Fashion Week, Red Ball Denver, Denver Unique Week of Fashion and several other productions. “I believe that fashion should be for everyone, representation in modeling matters, and am an advocate for diversity in the fashion industry.”

Jason Thompson


Jason Thompson graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a Master’s in Music History and is pursuing a PhD at CU Boulder.

Jason began his career in fashion when he began performing in drag and found a niche market for his original creations, and sewing in 2018 when he started performing in drag.

Inspiration comes from historical fashion with a particular interest in the evolution in cut, construction, and silhouette.

Austin Hay

Beverage Manager

My career in bartending goes all the way back to being a cocktail server at 6 years old for my mom’s elaborate parties we would throw for friends and family. 

Most people know me as the “Jack of all trade” due to my go-getting attitude and persistence that I can learn any new trick or trade. In my 3 years of being in Denver I have elevated my bartending career to new areas and plan on using all my knowledge to be successful here at Factory Fashion and Sky Bar.

Make sure to say “Hi” to the cowboy behind the bar when you come in for a delicious cocktail.



Fashion Design & Sewing Classes

Summer Camps

Designer Mini Incubator

Tailoring / Alterations


Fashion Champagne Bar

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