Fashion Manufacturing Initiative

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

About

The Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) is a program of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

FMI was created to nurture, elevate, and preserve garment production in New York City, ultimately connecting fashion designers to local manufacturing. The program includes: a NYC Production Fund offering matching grants to facilities committed to improving their services through innovation and technology; Apparel Skills Training Courses to generate a stronger workforce; the development of a NYC Production Database here; and ongoing professional development sessions and collaborative industry events.

Eligibility

FMI Production Fund 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.

Application

Download the application here.

Underwriters

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

NYC Production Database

Are you a production facility that would like to be added to our NYC Production Database?

Registration Form