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 CFDA.com; and ongoing professional development sessions and collaborative industry events.
2014/2015 FMI Grant Recipients
2013/2014 Inaugural FMI Grant Recipients
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, Gerber Scientific, Lectra & Optitex
The Coach Foundation Pledges $500k to FMI
NYC Production Database
Are you a production facility that would like to be added to our NYC Production Database?
Want more information? Email FMI@CFDA.com.