The Council of Fashion Designers of America in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation today announced its fifth round of Fashion Manufacturing Initiative Grant Fund recipients, which includes seven New York-based fashion production facilities.
The seven companies will receive more than $480,000 in grants for purchasing advanced manufacturing equipment and requisite materials for local production such as equipment software, infrastructure upgrades, capital improvements, advanced services for designers and workforce training for business growth and promotion. The 2018 FMI Grant Fund recipients are: Atelier Amelia; In Style USA; Mudo Fashion; New York Embroidery Studio; Season Wash; Sunrise Studio, and Werkstatt. Three of the companies are first-time recipients.
Varying from Brooklyn-based Atelier Amelia, a factory workshop that supports emerging designer labels across intimate, swim, athleticwear and ath-leisure apparel to Season Wash’s Long Island City washhouse for expertise ranging from sampling to garment washing and finishing, the grant covers different aspects of New York-based production. Pattern service Werkstatt specializes in high-level garment development, while Sunrise Studio is a “flexible” factory that handles garments from sample-making to medium-size domestic production runs, according to the firm.
In Style USA is a production manufacturer and provides full-service garment development and New York Embroidery Studio specializes in textile manipulation and garment decoration, offering embellishments, trims, embroideries and surface treatments. And Mudo Fashion, a new resident in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, is a contracting service for sample making and production of ready-to-wear collections, the company said.
Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, said, “Through FMI, American fashion is driven forward as efforts are made to preserve and grow the local fashion production community.”
FMI aids in the development of the local fashion-manufacturing sector and supports its workforce, the organization said. Since the launch of FMI in 2013, more than $2.75 million has been distributed to 25 New York-based manufacturers. FMI offers a full production directory that connects designers with reliable local manufacturers, which includes all FMI grant recipients, as well as networking events, partnerships and business development opportunities for both manufacturers and designers.
The NYCEDC, which promotes economic growth in each of the five boroughs, aims to “stimulate growth through expansion” through various redevelopment programs, according to the firm. NYCEDC president James Patchett said, “Helping local fashion manufacturers access the technological tools they need helps strengthen their bottom-line and grow good jobs in this critical industry. Congratulations to all of this year’s FMI grant recipients.”
The committee that selected 2017-18 FMI grant recipients included Steven Kolb of the CFDA; Andrew Rosen, Theory; Halide Alagöz, Ralph Lauren; Allison Rupprecht and Thomas Gibb, Coach; Gabriel Saca and Thomas O’Meara, Rag & Bone; Steven Alan of Steven Alan; Becca McCharen-Tran, Chromat; Joshua Wertheimer, Thom Browne; Dana Davis, Mara Hoffman; Bernie Kahn, Fashion Institute of Technology; Andrew Ward, consultant, and Kei Hayashi and Katie Lyon of BJH Advisors.
Andrew Rosen, founder and ceo of Theory, said, “New York has incredible people and factories that make up its manufacturing ecosystem. FMI is proud to support their innovation and future growth. This year’s recipients are very well deserving and exemplify that spirit.”
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