On January 26th, we’re hosting The Fashion Business Summit, a one-day, online event for early-stage fashion entrepreneurs who want to take action, pursue their passion and make 2023 the year they start selling.
The Summit is unlike any other event or workshop we’ve hosted before. With connections to industry leaders & partners, giveaways and discounts, we’re equipping aspiring fashion entrepreneurs with the resources they need to kick off their brand journeys.
Introducing our 2023 Summit Industry Sponsors:
An inclusive audio space, Conscious Chatter opens the door to conversations about our clothing + the layers of stories, meaning and potential impact connected to what we wear. Hosted by Kestrel Jenkins, the podcast reimagines the narrative around sustainability, explores the importance of resourcefulness, questions conscious consumerism, and works to deconstruct how oppressive systems impact the sustainable fashion space.
Contact: Kestrel, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fashion Connection
The Fashion Connection is a U.S. nonprofit founded by D.C.-based sustainable fashion leader Rebecca Ballard to empower the U.S. sustainable fashion community through making connections, creating and disseminating resources, and advancing solutions which address industry issues.
Contact: Rebecca, email@example.com
Kathy Hattori, founder of Botanical Colors, is a recognized authority on natural dyes, pigments, and commercial applications of natural dyes and has worked in the field since 2003. She developed numerous commercial processes using natural dye extracts in the industrial textile environment. She consults and advises brands and retailers on their natural dye implementation strategies and has worked with the largest natural dye houses in the US. Her experience includes creating a natural dye program for the largest organically certified tannery in Europe, presenting papers at international textile conferences and supporting clients such as Eileen Fisher and other sustainable brands. Kathy teaches and lectures about natural dyes and is sought after as a speaker about the status of natural dyes in global textile production.
Contact: Amy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rule Design & Development
Corinne is the Founder and Owner of Rule Design & Development. Corinne started Rule DD in 2018 as a design consultant and pattern-drafter, and has since grown the company to offer full-package design, development, and production services to designer brands across the US. Corinne loves working with clients, hearing their ideas and helping bring their vision to life, and collaborating with the Rule DD team. Corinne teaches pattern-drafting at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in downtown Los Angeles. Outside of Rule DD, Corinne has designed for independent film, devised theater and dance, wearable art installations, and slow-fashion brands.
Contact: Corinne, email@example.com
Zentex is the premier source for in-stock fine fabrics for shirting, dresses, bottom weights, outerwear and all your apparel needs. An extensive selection of over 2,500 fabric articles, 40,000 colorways and an array of sustainable options are updated every season with on-trend textures, fabric blends and unique colors. Millions of yards of inventory are in stock and ready for sampling and production across the globe with low order minimums. We stand by maintaining the highest standard of quality so you can execute your projects with confidence. Fabric development is also available for your special designs, patterns, and prints.
Contact: Brooke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Twice a year in New York City, thousands of international exhibitors gather to connect with buyers for the largest sourcing event on the East Coast. Established in 2006, Texworld New York City serves as a place of inspiration for designers, buyers, and industry professionals with exclusive trend forecasts and educational seminars hosted by industry-leading professionals. The event continues to create opportunities to support the textile and apparel sourcing community by connecting global manufacturers and suppliers to the U.S. market.
Contact: Walker, email@example.com
Lefty Production Co. & Stitch Texas
Lefty Production Co. is a one-stop shop development house and apparel & accessories manufacturer based in the heart of Los Angeles. Stitch Texas was recently acquired by Lefty and handles all the design and development needs of clients. Lefty guides new and established clothing and accessory lines through sketching and design, fabric and trim sourcing, labels and branding, pattern and sample making, duplicates, fittings, pattern revisions, marking and grading, cutting, sewing, production and packing. From their years in the fashion business, they know how difficult it is to find reliable and honest garment and textile manufacturing partners and vendors. In this challenging business, Lefty clients need a partner they can trust, not only to be honest with them but also to have their best interest at heart.
Contact: Marta, firstname.lastname@example.org
Conscious Fashion Collective
Conscious Fashion Collective (CFC) is a digital platform and community dedicated to supporting the movement towards a socially and ecologically responsible fashion industry. We curate industry-leading conscious fashion brands, spotlight changemaking creatives and organizations, offer educational resources, as well as a sustainable fashion job board and events calendar.
Contact: Elizabeth, email@example.com
Connect with a local factory on Maker’s Row today and get your production started! Choose from over 1K manufacturers in categories ranging from apparel to accessories, furniture and more!
This is *the* industry event to kick off 2023 as a fashion entrepreneur…
Can’t wait to see you there!