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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. 

The FMI program offers matching financial grants to New York City-based fashion manufacturing businesses looking to grow and sustain by improving their machinery, expanding services, and training workers on the latest fabrication technologies and equipment.

FMI 2014 Grant Recipients

The seven inaugural grant recipients submitted innovative ideas for infrastructure, equipment upgrades, and workforce training. They will receive grants ranging from $46,000 to $150,000 towards the following projects:

  • Create-a-MarkerA leading, computerized grading and marking company. The FMI grant will help support 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 will help support 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 will help support 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 will help fund new Lectra work stations and capital improvements.
  • New York Embroidery Studio: A full-service embellishment factory. The FMI grant will help support embroidery machines with laser capability, a digital fabric printer, and worker training.
  • Vogue Too: Specializes in all types of trimming. The FMI grant will help support 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 will help support computers and CAD software, new dress forms, and worker training.

For more information, visit the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative website

Program Overview

Eligible companies must:

  • Be in business for a minimum of two consecutive years
  • Have a factory/production facility within the fashion apparel/ accessories industry
  • Be located in one of the five boroughs of New York City
  • Have support/business (i.e. orders) 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

Grants may be used to:

  • Upgrade machinery and equipment 
  • Invest in new innovative technologies 
  • Train workers on the latest fabrication technologies and equipment 
  • Make capital improvements to support expansion

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