Fashion Bytes

In 2009, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, in collaboration with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, began the Fashion Incubator programme. Using a $200,000 grant from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, a dozen up and coming designers and students were offered a two-year lease on a low-cost space in the heart of the Garment District, including a studio and a showroom, as well as business mentoring and educational seminars to help them enhance their skills, develop business acumen and their own line.

The programme was a success, and the participants for the 2012 – 2014 round have been announced.

New York is an obvious choice for a first city to make fashion a part of their development and education priorities, but are their any other cities with similar programmes in place to encourage the next generation of fashion and textiles designers, writers or artists?  Are there any earlier programmes that did not receive the publicity? Do you think the Fashion Incubator programme is a success and will encourage students, or do you have misgivings? Are there any other cities you would have preferred to see develop a programme like this?

Please share your thoughts.


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  • StephC October 04, 2011 09.21 am

    I believe the Brisbane (Australia) council did/does something similar. I can do a little research and let you know. If they aren’t, they could perhaps be convinced.

  • Worn Through » Fashion Bytes | Todaystyleshow
    October 4, 2011 - 2:24 pm

  • Brenna October 04, 2011 03.07 pm

    Please do! I, and I’m sure other readers, would love to hear about it.


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