Philadelphia is home to nationally recognized fashion design schools. This program will support and promote emerging fashion designers and encourage local designers to keep their businesses here. (Image courtes PFI)
With the multitude of institutions in Philadelphia offering an education in the fashion realm, and the equally numerous local artists working to enhance our city’s reputation as a design stronghold, it’s pretty easy to imagine just how many potentially promising designers are out there trying to be discovered.
To that end, this week Mayor Nutter introduced details behind a new non-profit initiative, the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator (PFI).
The program will provide budding designers with the resources and support they need to emerge in the industry of fashion. With help from the Center City District, City of Philadelphia, Macy’s Center City and an advisory committee comprised of fashion and business representatives, the organization will work with design schools in the city to select four graduates (one each from Philly U, Drexel, Moore and a wildcard) to participate in the one-year opportunity as Designers-in-Residence.
The program will dedicate a workspace, located on the third floor of Macy’s, as well as mentoring and essential business resources needed to run a successful company for the aspiring designers.
PFI will serve not only as a powerful learning tool, but as a means of building new businesses in Philadelphia helping our city thrive. A win-win for all!
Modeled after successful programs that have been launched in other cities, the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator is accepting applications through January 20, 2012 for an early Spring start. Interested in becoming the next Tory Burch? Visit the Incubator’s site online to view eligibility requirements and download an application.
Here’s to cultivating the next generation of fashion talent, and supporting the current and past.
Philadelphia Fashion Incubator [Official Site]