The Fashion Future Graduate Showcase gathered sixty promising fashion design graduates from FIT, Parsons School of Design, the Pratt Institute, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Academy of Art University to showcase their talent for recruiters and fashion design companies. These graduates were joined by twenty-five additional graduates to display their designs on the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s website. The showcase was designed to connect students with employers, elevate the global reputation of New York City fashion design institutions, and connect the very best talent to New York City-based fashion companies. With over six hundred attendees, the showcase was curated and coordinated by CFDA and was held May 23–25, 2017 in New York City.
Made in NY allows qualifying businesses to use the Made in NY mark on their website and in promotional material to indicate support of the program. Use of the Made in NY mark allows fashion designers to illustrate their commitment to local production and the aims of the City’s program, not to brand specific apparel or accessories items.
The spring 2017 campaign introduces four designers who are passionate about supporting the local economy. Through documentary-style video, photography, social media, web content, and more, the campaign aims to inspire more New York City designers to join the Made in NY: Fashion community.
The Fashion Production Fund was launched in partnership with Capital Business Credit in June 2014. The fund provides emerging designers with production financing at below-market rates and flexible terms to cover the costs of purchase orders. Loans awarded range between $50,000 and $300,000, with terms from 30 to 120 days. In 2015, the Fashion Production Fund awarded 24 loans, totaling over $1.5 million in financing. To date, the fund has provided 30 loans, a total of $2.5 million in financing to emerging NYC-based designers in order to manufacture their collections locally.
The Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) was launched in 2013 at the request of the industry. FMI is a program of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in partnership with NYCEDC and Founding Partner Andrew Rosen. It was created to nurture, elevate, and preserve garment production in New York City, ultimately connecting fashion designers to local manufacturing. The FMI program includes the FMI Grant Program, workforce development, the NYC Production Resources Database, and professional development & Made in NY collaborations.
The Designers & Agents: Made in NY Collective directly supported the participation of local designers at trade events during New York Market Week. For the first time, a select group of fashion designers was offered fully subsidized Made in NY exhibition spaces at the Designers & Agents trade show. This gave the participants the opportunity to gain exposure to leading retailers in a dedicated area that is focused on fashion items that are predominantly designed, finished, embellished, or produced in New York City. The Designers & Agents: Made in NY Collective also implemented a series of exclusive workshops and seminars in the weeks leading up to the industry trade show.
In cooperation with Barneys New York and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), we unveiled the Made in NY Collection in September 2015. The Collection is a curated compilation of limited-edition pieces produced entirely within New York City. The pieces were designed by seven prominent New York City-based designers, including Thom Browne, Narcisco Rodriguez, and The Row. The collection is currently retailed in eighteen Barneys New York stores nationwide and will remain available through May 2016. Ten percent of all retail proceeds will be donated to the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, a $6 million public-private grant program to support New York City-based fashion manufacturers.
The Made in NY Award honors an individual who has made outstanding and lasting contributions to New York City’s fashion industry. We presented our inaugural award to Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory, during the Women’s Wear Daily’s Apparel & Retail CEO Summit with some of the industry’s most prominent executives from around the world in attendance. Congratulations Andrew Rosen! Thank you for your commitment to New York City’s fashion design and production communities.
Launched in collaboration with Not Just A Label, a global e-commerce platform for emerging designers, and hosted by the Waldorf Astoria New York, the Not Just A Label | Made in NY retail store featured a rotating collection of over a thousand locally designed and produced apparel, jewelry, and accessory items. More than one hundred local fashion designers participated in the pop-up, which attracted over fifteen hundred visitors through its ten-day duration in December 2015.