Fashion Manufacturing Initiative

The CFDA has created an investment fund to help revitalize New York City’s garment industry.


The Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) is an investment fund to help revitalize New York City’s garment industry. The program offers matching grants to New York City’s top fashion production facilities looking to grow and sustain their business through the acquisition of innovative equipment, advanced technology, workforce training and professional development programming. FMI is in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation.


Applicants must:

  • Be in business for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years;
  • Be a factory or production facility within the fashion apparel/ accessories industry;
  • Be located in one of the five (5) boroughs of New York City;
  • Have support and business from key fashion designers/ brands;
  • Be equipped with staff that can devote the time and effort required to accomplish the stated aims of an applicant’s plans.


The FMI program is generously supported by:

  • Founding Partner Andrew Rosen and Theory
  • Premier Underwriter Ralph Lauren
  • Sponsor Rue La La
  • Patron rag & bone, Precision Custom Coatings and Gerber Scientific
  • Supporter CIT, Alvanon and Lectra
  • Donations by Save the Garment District and Project Gravitas