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Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI)

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The Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) is an investment fund to help revitalize New York City’s garment industry. 

NYCEDC and CFDA’s Fashion Manufacturing Initiative is a $3 million public-private partnership program designed to support local fashion manufacturing and promote growth in the City’s fashion sector. The program has three components:

  • Grants: NYC fashion production companies are eligible to apply for 1:1 grants to implement innovative ideas towards equipment, technology and capital upgrades and workforce training
  • Workforce Training: In partnership with industry leaders and experts, CFDA and NYCEDC host a skills-based training program to support NYC’s fashion production workforce
  • Production Database: User-friendly, searchable online database cataloguing NYC fashion production companies to connect designers to local factories 

Announcing the Second Round of FMI 2014-15 Grant Recipients:

Seven innovative NYC fashion manufacturing companies will be awarded grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 to implement equipment, technology and capital upgrades, and workforce training.

  • Design Incubator: A sewing, sample and pattern-making company. The FMI grant will support sample development through new plotters, and technology upgrades, and capital improvements.
  • Dye-NamixA NYC dye-house company, specializing in fabric dyeing, painting and printing. The FMI grant will help increase its services offered to include digital printing, and workforce training.  
  • DynotexA full-service garment production company. The FMI grant will support technology upgrades to the company’s pattern making and fabric cutting services.
  • New York Embroidery Studio A two-time FMI grant winner and innovative full-service embellishments company. The FMI grant will support equipment upgrades to increase its products offered and use of laser printing, 3D printing and laser embroidering.
  • Oomaru Seisakusho 2A sample and pattern-making company . The FMI grant will support equipment and technology upgrades including a new plotter, fusing and sewing machines.
  • Rainbow LeatherA leather printing and embossing company. The FMI grant will support the purchase of innovative piece of leather cutting equipment to build upon its line of printed and embossed fabrics and leathers.
  • Sunrise Studio A sample and production company. The FMI grant will support the equipment and technology upgrades including sewing and fusing machines.

Inaugural FMI 2013-14 Grant Recipients

Seven inaugural grant recipients submitted innovative ideas for equipment, technology and capital upgrades, and workforce training. Grants received ranged from $46,000 to $150,000:

  • Create-a-MarkerA leading, computerized grading and marking company. The FMI grant will supported new plotters, computers, and employee education.
  • High Production: Sample-making and sewing factory that caters to contemporary brands and specializes in denim products. The FMI grant supported new sewing equipment for waistbands, pant hems, buttonholes, and belt loops. 
  • In Style USA: Full-service production facility that offers services including fabric sourcing, cutting, and sewing. The FMI grant supported state-of-the-art machinery, focusing on fusing and cutting.
  • Martin Greenfield Clothiers: Brooklyn-based manufacturer of hand-tailored men's clothing. The FMI grant supported new Lectra work stations and capital improvements.
  • New York Embroidery Studio: A full-service embellishment factory. The FMI grant supported embroidery machines with laser capability, a digital fabric printer, and worker training.
  • Vogue Too: Specializes in all types of trimming. The FMI grant supported new embroidery machines with laser capability, as well as design and product development training.
  • Werkstatt: Pattern service and sample room specializing in well-constructed garment development. The FMI grant supported computers and CAD software, new dress forms, and worker training.

For more information, including program overview and eligibility criteria, please visit the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative website


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