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The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator (PFI) at Macy’s Center City is designed to provide five (5) emerging Philadelphia-based apparel and/or accessories designers with the resources – including workspace, curriculum, and mentoring – to launch their fashion businesses.
Throughout the course of one year, the Designers-in-Residence (DIR) will be required to attend and complete a mandatory core curriculum of workshops and seminars focused on business development and garment production. Conducted at both PFIMCC as well as at off-site locations, these workshops are essential to the PFIMCC program and attendance is mandatory. At the time of acceptance, a calendar with proposed monthly workshop dates for the year will be provided. These dates are subject to change, and the DIRs adjust their schedules accordingly.
The DIRs will be provided with office space, including basic computers and basic software; a workshop room with sample production space, as well as a shared conference room/showroom space. DIRs will receive mentoring from Philadelphia-based designers and feedback from Macy’s at Center City merchant team along with a number of press and event opportunities.
The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator will support talent that understands the program is a business proposition, not merely a creative opportunity.
The Incubator program will begin March 1, 2014. The Designers-in-Residence are expected to complete the full year and are limited to their one-year term in residence. After the year, alumnae are encouraged to stay connected through various programs and events.