Saint Louis Fashion Fund

 In Culture, Style

The Saint Louis Fashion Fund is rooted in the belief that fashion is woven into the “fabric of our city.” SLFF works to bring fashion design and manufacturing back to Washington Avenue, a place that was once known nationwide among fashion-industry professionals and shoppers alike. The Fashion Fund’s biggest leap forward came in 2017, when it launched its Fashion Incubator program. The inaugural class has six designers from across the nation, who have come here to build their respective brands.

The two-year incubator program supports the designers with workspaces and a network of supporters including Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin School of Business, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and Launch Collective in New York City, the latter of which focuses on business development for emerging designers. Perhaps most important are the incubator program mentors, including internationally renowned fashion experts who share strategies about entrepreneurship and strengthening a brand in the competitive design world.

Saint Louis Fashion Fund
1533 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, Missouri, 63101

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Photo courtesy of Carmen Troesser.

This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s sister publication GUIDED: Downtown. Pick up your complimentary copy.

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