Join Custom Collaborative to raise funds to support our fashion entrepreneurs!
Custom Collaborative is an innovative New York City-based educational program that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities to launch fashion careers and businesses.
We support women in our community through our:
Training Institute: Our 14-week training institute program teaches the art, craft, and technique of fashion design. Our no-cost training includes extensive instruction on fashion business basics including marketing, sourcing, ethical manufacturing, and sustainable fashion, along with personal finance. Students graduate equipped with a toolkit to begin a career in fashion.
Business Incubator: Our business incubator offers management consulting, mentorship, technical assistance, advanced training, and professional equipment to Training Institute graduates and others in the fashion industry. Our goal is to maximize work opportunities and improve socio-economic outcomes for all women.
Worker-Owned Cooperative (launching Fall 2019): The worker-owned sewn-goods cooperative is comprised of Custom Collaborative graduates. We accept sample and contract manufacturing orders of 1 - 200 pieces.
Watch our film, Fashion Is Love, to learn more.
How your donation could help:
$1400: Stipend for one Training Institute student
$900: Industrial sewing machine and table
$500: Career Day (class trip to a design studio with career coaching)
$150: Tools of the Trade (fabric, thread, needles, scissors, pattern paper)
$66: Get Me There (two weeks of MetroCards to get to class)
Every amount helps!