I am very pleased to announce the Dallas Fashion Incubator. While that may not mean much to people who don’t live in Dallas, it is a sign of a general trend towards recognizing the value of reclaiming market segments in apparel and sewn products. Although the Dallas Fashion Incubator is a young group, they already have a store-front where client designers sell their products. Their venue is good; directly across the street from Neiman Marcus (the flagship store). The organization provides training, classes and seminars. I’m really excited about the incubator and I’ll probably fly in to do a seminar or two myself.
Their website has some useful DE links such as buttons, display products, mannequins, suppliers, -lots of cutting services- some pattern makers and sewing contractors. They’ll add to their link list, be patient. By the way, please do register on their site. As a not-for-profit, they need to justify their spending. Building an online presence can only help everybody. If they get a lot of traffic, maybe they can get funding to expand online services thus expanding their client service base.
By the way, I’m originally from Dallas. I went to El Centro College in downtown Dallas which is -in my opinion- the most under-rated apparel school in the country. Lance Blankenship (the Executive Director of DFI) told me that El Centro would be happy to welcome me back for a vist but I told him he should check on that first. I wasn’t very popular when I was there either. One of my teachers hated me. A lot. I was such a disappointment to her (at the time and maybe I still am). Then later, once she knew it was me who wrote the book, she was pissed! The chapter I wrote on production pattern making really burned her biscuits. Oh well, I liked her even though she didn’t like me, she taught me a lot and I have no regrets. And she had the most beautiful hair (she was pretty too) and I normally don’t notice things like that.