Fashion Manufacturing Initiative Winners Announced
As New York City kicks off New York Fashion Week (NYFW) , we are happy to announce—with Mayor de Blasio and First Lady McCray—the seven inaugural winners of the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI).
FMI is a $3 million public-private program, co-administered by NYCEDC and Council of Fashion Designers of America, that supports and promotes growth of small businesses in the city’s fashion and manufacturing sectors.
The seven winners will receive grants ranging from $46,000 to $150,000 for infrastructure and equipment upgrades in addition to workforce training.
The winners of this year's Fashion Manufacturing Initiative are:
- New York Embroidery Studio: Full-service embellishment factory, owned by Paul and Dina Cavazza. The FMI grant will help support embroidery machines with laser capability, a digital fabric printer, and worker training.
- Martin Greenfield Clothiers: Brooklyn-based manufacturer of hand-tailored men’s clothing, owned by Kingman and Ming Lam. The FMI grant will help fund new Lectra work stations and capital improvements.
- Werkstatt: Pattern service and sample room specializing in well-constructed garment development, owned by James Mallon. The FMI grant will help support computers and CAD software, new dress forms, and worker training.
- In Style USA: Full-service production facility, offering services including fabric sourcing, cutting, and sewing, owned by Martin and Todd Greenfield. The FMI grant will help support state-of-the-art machinery, focusing on fusing and cutting.
- Create-A-Marker: Leading computerized grading and marking company, owned by Michelle Feinberg. 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 that specializes in denim products, owned by Larry Geffner. The FMI grant will help support new sewing equipment for waist bands, pant hems, button holes and belt loops.
- Vogue Too: Specializes in all types of trimming, owned by Tina Schenk. The FMI grant will help support new embroidery machines with laser capability, as well as design and product development training.
These seven factories were selected from a pool of approximately 40 applicants and collectively employ nearly 300 people. All but one are located in the Garment District and Martin Greenfield is based in Brooklyn.
Congrats to the winners! We look forward to seeing the continued growth of emerging design businesses in NYC.