The founders (Sally, Emily, Teresa, Michele and Kathleen) of the Albuquerque Fashion Incubator have decided it’s time to start something serious in this town. Collectively, we have over 100 years of genuine garment industry experience working for designers and manufacturers or being designers and manufacturers ourselves.You can find out more about us here.
We’ve realized that fashion promotion businesses like New Mexico Fashion Week have generated enthusiasm for fashion careers in New Mexico but the business owner doesn’t have any industrial experience or connections in the trade so the promoter cannot (or has not) referred designers to long standing local resources and services to help designers move their careers forward. Or maybe there is no interest in producing fashion in NM? We don’t know, we only know that none of us, in spite of having long standing international reputations, have ever gotten a referral from NMFW or its promoter in spite of frequent assertions of desire to create networks of opportunity.
So, being that design, patterns, buying wholesale fabric, finding sales representatives sewing and production, are our bread and butter, it makes sense for us to become proactive to overcome barriers between the fashion promotion side and the production end. In doing so, we also have the resources to provide dedicated work space, equipment, tools and hard skills to other New Mexicans who would like to pursue a career in apparel.
Toward that end, our expanded and newly remodeled sewing factory and training facility will open on June 21st @ 410 Old Coors Dr SW, Albuquerque NM 87121. The facility has two 50 foot cutting tables, a cutting knife, 2 spreaders, a CAD system, digitizer, 72″ roll plotter for markers, 10 (and counting) industrial sewing machines -all in a shared workspace. Additionally, there will be space to house between 2 to 4 designers in residence.
We look forward to meeting the needs of local designers, helping them to become prepared while working within Albuquerque Fashion Incubator’s small production centric, sewing factory. In the meantime, please like us on Facebook and spread the word!
Steering Committee of Albuquerque Fashion Incubator: