Fashion Manufacturing Initiative

The CFDA has created an investment fund to help revitalize New York City’s garment industry.


The Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) is a program of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
FMI was created to nurture, elevate, and preserve garment production in New York City, ultimately connecting fashion designers to local manufacturing. The program includes: FMI Grant Fund offering matching grants to facilities committed to improving their services through innovation and technology; Apparel Skills Training Courses to generate a stronger workforce; a New York City Production Database on; and ongoing professional development sessions and collaborative industry events.

2015 FMI Grant

The 2015 FMI Grant preliminary application is now closed and the program is currently in progress. The 2015 FMI Grant Recipients will be announced in December 2015.



FMI Grant Fund Applicants must:
  • Be in business for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years;
  • Be a factory or production facility within the fashion apparel/ accessories industry;
  • Be located in one of the five (5) boroughs of New York City;
  • Have support and business 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.


The FMI program is generously supported by:
  • Founding Partner: Andrew Rosen and Theory
  • Premier Underwriters: Ralph Lauren & The Coach Foundation
  • Sponsor: Rue La La
  • Patron: rag & bone, Precision Custom Coatings & ENK International
  • Supporter: CIT & Google
  • Donations by: Save the Garment District & Project Gravitas
  • Preferred Vendors: Alvanon, Brother, Gerber Scientific, Lectra & Optitex

NYC Production Database

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Registration Form

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