Six designers to be chosen for the St Louis Fashion Incubator Project- and it all starts in Detroit!

Six designers to be chosen for the St Louis Fashion Incubator Project- and it all starts in Detroit!

By Robere Lett – Publisher

I recently received an email with what I thought was some extremely exciting fashion news. The following press release speaks to the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator where six designers or want-to-be designers from six chosen cities will be selected to take part in this extraordinary event. After speaking with Stacie Lucas-Pacheco//Lucas Branding at Magazine I was even more excited at the possibilities for some lucky person. So for those of you who want to build and grow your fashion brand, this could be the perfect opportunity. Read the details below to submit your application.

We are so excited to spread the word about the first-ever Saint Louis Fashion Incubator, which is now accepting applications for its inaugural class of six emerging designers nationwide. The two-year business-focused program will provide free workspace, financial support, and a variety of mentorship and educational opportunities to its members, with the goal of building strong, financially solvent brands.

The Saint Louis Fashion Fund team launches this initiative as they embark on a regional road trip, starting with Detroit and using #SLFIontheroad, with upcoming trips to Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, Kansas City, and Minneapolis to forge alliances, share this new opportunity for rising American creative industry talent and supporters, and meet personally with designers in the region.

Capitalizing on St. Louis’ manufacturing heritage, low cost of living, and already-thriving fashion community, the Incubator seeks to provide much-needed support to emerging fashion brands, and to contribute to the mass of talent and activity, establishing the city as an anchor of fashion in the Midwest.

Incubator executive director Eric Johnson (formerly the “fashion czar” of New York as the Vice President of Fashion and Arts at the city’s Economic Development Corporation) has assembled a panel of six industry leaders (including NYFW founder Fern Mallis, SCAD School of Fashion Dean Michael Fink, and Refinery29 co-founder Christene Barberich) to select Incubator participants.

Below are detailed links, along with a folder that includes renderings of the Incubator’s 7,500 of studio space in St. Louis’ historic former garment district; panelist headshots; runway images from St. Louis Fashion Week of Fall/Winter 2016; and social media call-to-action. Additional information is available on the Incubator’s micro-site at

So for all the talented local designers this could be your chance to move to the next level with your brand. Haute is… plans to be there will you?


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