Nineteenth Amendment is familiar with the incubator model as we were born out of the personal, professional incubator Startup Institute. As a young startup, we realize the value add of participating in an incubator:
- Use of a communal work space
- Access to potential funding
- Access to a network of mentors and service professionals
- Inclusion in a colaborative community with other highly motivated people
Incubators have fast become a vital piece of the startup ecosystem and we are excited to see the fashion industry adopting this same model!
On a recent trip to New York, we met with two new fashion incubators who are changing the U.S. fashion industry by helping ermeging designers and manufacturers stake a claim in the fashion world.
Opening its recent expansion with lots of local attention the Pratt Design Incubator is a multi-disciplined design incubator in the heart of Brooklyn with an emphasis on creating sustainable businesses. The brain child of Debora Johnson, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Design Studies at Pratt, Deb gave us the scoop on what the incubator will offer designers. For as little as a $250/month, the incubator provides affordable space, mentorship, and a community of collaborators. The incubator houses a photo studio, a workshop for prototyping, and an educational space that can be converted into a runway. In addition, the incubator will have its own storefront, giving designers the opportunity to test their designs in the marketplace.
The best part: Pratt is offering a three-week entrepreneurship immersion program to give designers the tools to create their own businesses.
Stitch Factory is bringing fashion to the city of sin. Located in downtown Las Vegas, this fashion incubator offers resources for designers from pro to novice, including classes in fashion design, photography, makeup and hair artistry, as well as seminars on entrepreneurship. Stitch Factory has a new co-working space with direct access to state-of-the-art machines. As founder Meghan Mossler explained, the Factory supports designers with more than just space – they offer services in production, event planning, brand consulting, tailoring and alterations.
The best part: With the breadth of the Las Vegas community – your co-designing neighbor could be a costume designer from Cirque du Soleil or a casino heiress! The collaboration opportunities are endless.
In combination with Nineteenth Amendment any fashion designer who joins will be off to a solid start in starting their brands with these two incubators and the great teams backing them!