The fashion industry is growing at an exponential rate, but it’s not just the big brands that are reaping the benefits; small fashion businesses are popping up everywhere and changing all preconceived notions of how the market’s served. Recently, we produced a piece on the ways crowdsourcing is changing the way fashion startups gain insight and grow in their space. The newest venture that we can’t get enough of, and has seamlessly integrated crowdsourcing in their funding plans, is Manufacture New York. This NYC incubator and factory hybrid is empowering designers through collaborative spaces and access to production.
2. Emerging designers deserve the mentoring and business training they need to create profitable clothing lines. Breaking even is not success. Designers deserve to make a living creating their lines. Without the diversity and innovation provided by this next generation of designers, our industry will crumble.
3. Domestic manufacturing jobs are good jobs, and they are they key to bringing back the U.S. economy.
What was the thought process/timeline of events that led up to Manufacture New York’s conception?
How did the IndieGoGo fundraising campaign pan out?
GREAT! We raised over $40,000 in 40 days, and an additional $20,000 in tax-deductible donations through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas. If you missed out on the campaign and want to be part of this movement, we are still accepting donations of any amount: bit.ly/10yTAqr
How can non-designers help the Manufacture New York initiative?
Leticia Domenech is the Writing and Copyediting Intern at TWF. Third Wave Fashion has been your fashion tech think tank since 2011. We publish the first ever printed fashion tech magazine, Third Wave. Follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our newsletter to stay on top of the latest in fashion tech + wearables.
Image via Manufacture New York.