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We’re Changing the Fashion Industry

Our community believes that a more sustainable fashion industry is not only possible, but profitable. Together, we’re shaping the future of the independent fashion movement. Get inspired and get to know the Factory45 alumni below.

“Through Factory45, I created a brand and a product that I believed in, that was beautiful, high quality and socially and environmentally responsible. We launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised almost $90K.”

Cara Bartlett

Vetta

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“After Factory45, I have more clarity on what I’m doing with my business and the direction I want to take it. I’m currently in the experimental phase of creating some new products that I hope to add to my line later this year or beginning of next.”

Alyssa Bird

Regenerous Designs

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“The fact that I could email Shannon at any time, no matter how basic the question, was worth every investment in the program. I also found the checklists and templates extremely helpful. I love working through a to-do list and to have one that walked me through all of the exact steps I needed to take made the process so much more manageable.”

Mary Bemis

Reprise Activewear

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Applications to Factory45 are now closed and will reopen in May 2021.

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CAN’T WAIT TO GET STARTED?

Applications to Factory45 are now closed and will reopen in May 2021.

Until then, subscribe for free weekly fashion startup advice.

CAN’T WAIT TO GET STARTED?

“I have managed to create my brand, source fabrics, find a pattern and sample maker (locally) and find a manufacturer (locally). These are things that never would have been possible had it not been for Shannon's lessons, connections, calls and ongoing support.”

Kaya Dorey

Novel Supply Co.

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“[Before joining Factory45] I was at the idea stage. I had sketched out the first collection but honestly had no idea where to go, who to talk to or how to start an apparel business. Do I go on Etsy, should I start sewing, can I actually work with a factory?… Factory45 is exactly what I needed to take the next steps.”

Sarah Davis

Citizen Smalls

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“Before joining Factory45, I was mostly flying solo. I didn’t know many other people who had started businesses like this and were working on setting up ethical supply chains within the United States.”

Sarah Resnick

Advah Designs

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Applications to Factory45 are now closed and will reopen in May 2021.

Until then, subscribe for free weekly fashion startup advice.